Comb jellies’ unique fused neurons challenge evolution ideas
Fused neurons suggest ctenophores’ nervous system evolved independently of that in other animals.
Tonga volcano eruption triggered ‘mega-tsunami’
Detailed analysis of the January 2022 event shows how underwater blasts generated huge waves that battered coastlines throughout the island nation.
Wheat disease’s global spread concerns researchers
Genomic analysis reveals that the wheat blast fungus spread independently from South America to two other continents.
‘Astonishing’ molecular syringe ferries proteins into human cells
Technique borrowed from nature, and honed using artificial intelligence, could spur the development of better drug-delivery systems.
New maths formula answers long-standing party problem
How many invitees guarantee at least a certain number all know each other? Formula is first major improvement since 1935.
How do we smell? First 3D structure of human odour receptor offers clues
Finding could advance our understanding of how human olfactory proteins recognize specific scents, including the pong of ripe cheese.
Common sweetener suppresses mouse immune system — in high doses
Finding suggests that the sugar substitute sucralose could one day be used to treat autoimmune conditions.
The mice with two dads: scientists create eggs from male cells
Proof-of-concept mouse experiment will have a long road before use in humans is possible.
What Turkey’s earthquake tells us about the science of seismic forecasting
Geologists knew decades ago that a quake would strike southeastern Turkey, but precise prediction is still the stuff of science fiction.
Ancient genomes show how humans escaped Europe’s deep freeze
A pair of studies offer the most detailed look yet at groups of hunter-gatherers living before, during and after the last ice age.