For robots, the future is modular
“Mergeable nervous systems” can create flexible, self-adapting robots. Michael Lucy reports.
Making alien worlds on Earth
Australian nuclear scientists are finding fresh ways to uncover the secrets of space
How to weigh a black hole without getting off the couch
There’s a simple relationship between the angle of the arms of a spiral galaxy and the mass of the black hole at the galaxy’s heart
How giant atoms may help catch gravitational waves from the Big Bang
Huge, highly excited atoms may give off flashes of light when hit by a gravitational wave.
Cancer-vision, brought to you by transparent mice
Using chemical techniques that make whole mouse bodies and organs highly transparent, researchers can track metastasis at the single-cell level.
The next generation of weapons against antibiotic-resistant superbugs
For the past 70 years, antibiotics have given us the upper hand against microbial invaders. Now the bugs are fighting back.
Uranus’s magnetic field toggles on and off every day
The strange geometry of Uranus’s magnetic field means it opens and closes each time the planet spins
New model backs controversial idea of how evolution works
Research supports Gould’s hypothesis that new characteristics evolve during periods of rapid change.
Dinosaur foot reconstruction fuels Cretaceous footprint debate
To understand what created the myriad fossil tracks at Australia’s Lark Quarry, scientists built a detailed model foot to make some tracks of their own. John Pickrell reports.
How Chinese fossils are rewriting the history of feathered dinosaurs
Paleontologists thought they had a good idea of the diversity of feathered dinosaur species. But a recent finding left them scratching their heads