China’s space station is preparing to host 1,000 scientific experiments
Researchers around the world are eagerly awaiting the completion of Tiangong, to study topics from dark matter and gravitational waves to the growth of cancer and pathogenic bacteria.
The vanishing neutrinos that could upend fundamental physics
The search for exotic ‘Majorana’ particles that could solve a big antimatter mystery is ramping up around the world.
DeepMind’s AI for protein structure is coming to the masses
Machine-learning systems from the company and from a rival academic group are now open source and freely accessible.
Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat
Scientists are mapping correlations between race, poverty and heat in cities, and suggesting solutions to reduce the dangers.
The quest to find genes that drive severe COVID
Genome studies have discovered some genetic risk factors for disease — and could point to treatments.
Scientists identify long-sought marker for COVID vaccine success
Knowing which signatures in the blood predict protection against COVID-19 could speed the development of new vaccines.
Landmark CRISPR trial shows promise against deadly disease
Administering gene-editing treatment directly into the body could be a safe and effective way to treat a rare, life-threatening condition.
Mysterious skull fossils expand human family tree — but questions remain
Fossilized bones found in Israel and China, including a specimen named ‘Dragon Man’, could belong to new types of ancient human. But the findings have sparked debate.
The 2,000 stars where aliens would catch a glimpse of Earth
Scientists searching for extraterrestrial life should narrow their hunt to stars and planetary systems that have an occasional view of the Earth as it passes in front of the Sun.
Mathematicians welcome computer-assisted proof in ‘grand unification’ theory
Proof-assistant software handles an abstract concept at the cutting edge of research, revealing a bigger role for software in mathematics.