Lichens thrived while those around them fell
Mass extinction allowed new combinations to rise up, DNA analysis shows.
Helix no more. Researchers find a new DNA shape
A DNA “knot” breaks several rules thought hard and fast. Now the race is on to understand it.
Cooperation arises in biological systems, as long as it’s forced
Research finds a fundamental link between enforcement and the suppression of selfish behaviour.
Greenhouse gas production fell in wake of Soviet collapse
Changes in post-USSR food systems drove emissions down.
Ediacaran organisms grouped together to access food
Half a billion years ago, early complex life didn’t rely on luck to get a feed.
Bird deaths and climate link questioned
Fresh analysis red flags earlier findings that suggested Arctic nestlings were being preyed upon at record rates.
Evidence found of galactic collision with massive dark matter ‘clump’
Can the shape of a distant galaxy point to the nature of dark matter?
In ultra-marathons and pregnancies, humans have a metabolic ceiling
Endurance ability is more about food than fitness, research reveals.
AI learns multi-player video game – and smashes it
With no instructions or help, an artificial intelligence program masters a popular video game, against expectations.