A gut punch fights cancer and infection
Microorganisms in the human gut can affect immune-system cells. Gut bacterial strains have been discovered that boost immune cells that have cell-killing capacity and that can target cancer and protect against infection.
Tiny animal carcasses found in buried Antarctic lake
The surprise discovery of ancient crustaceans and tardigrades emerged from a rare mission to drill into a lake sealed off by a kilometre of ice.
How much can forests fight climate change?
Trees are supposed to slow global warming, but growing evidence suggests they might not always be climate saviours.
Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why
Erratic motion of north magnetic pole forces experts to update model that aids global navigation.
AI face-scanning app spots signs of rare genetic disorders
Deep-learning algorithm helps to diagnose conditions that aren’t readily apparent to doctors or researchers.
How ‘magic angle’ graphene is stirring up physics
Misaligned stacks of the wonder material exhibit superconductivity and other curious properties.
Collapsing glaciers threaten Asia’s water supplies
Tracking moisture, snow and meltwater across the ‘third pole’ will help communities to plan for climate change, argue Jing Gao and colleagues.
First hint of near-room-temperature superconductor tantalizes physicists
High-pressure hydrogen materials could be a step towards a new era of superconductivity.
Fossils tell a colourful tale
Fluffy pterosaurs offer vibrant insight into Mesozoic evolution.