What lava lamps and vinaigrette can teach us about cell biology
Like oil in water, the contents of cells can segregate into droplets. It’s called phase separation, and biologists are seeing it everywhere.
AI researchers embrace Bitcoin technology to share medical data
Blockchain could let people offer health records for research — without losing control over them
Neuron creation in brain’s memory centre stops after childhood
Scientists are already debating whether the findings could overturn 20 years of conventional thought.
Surprise graphene discovery could unlock secrets of superconductivity
Physicists make misaligned sheets of the carbon material conduct electricity without resistance.
How flashing lights and pink noise might banish Alzheimer’s, improve memory and more
Neuroscientists are getting excited about non-invasive procedures to tune the brain’s natural oscillations.
Researchers have finally created a tool to spot duplicated images across thousands of papers
Publishers would need to join forces to apply image-checking software across the literature.
Sex and drugs and self-control: how the teen brain navigates risk
It’s not just about rebellion. Neuroscience is revealing adolescents’ rich and nuanced relationship with risky behaviour.
The quantum internet has arrived (and it hasn’t)
Networks that harness entanglement and teleportation could enable leaps in security, computing and science.
Primitive fish’s sea-floor shuffle illuminates the origins of walking
The little skate walks using the same nerves and genes as mammals.
Physicists harness twisted mathematics to make powerful laser
High-quality beams could be among the first practical applications of the booming field of topological physics.