The silent epidemic killing more people than HIV, malaria or TB
Viral hepatitis is on the rise. Tackling hepatitis B in Africa is key to fighting back.
Algeria fossils cast doubt on East Africa as sole origin of stone tools
The discovery pushes back the evidence of hominins in Algeria by 600,000 years, and suggests tool use arose in different parts of Africa independently.
Mini-tumours turn immune cells into cancer fighters
Personalized white blood cells attack tumours after incubation with cancer tissue.
The microscope revolution that’s sweeping through materials science
Technological advances are transforming what researchers can study at the atomic scale.
Ban on ‘gene drives’ is back on the UN’s agenda — worrying scientists
Research is moving fast on the divisive genetic technology, which could help to eradicate diseases but also risks altering ecosystems in unpredictable ways.
Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies
Structures could help researchers to study the early stages of brain development disorders, including epilepsy.
Quenching our thirst for universality
Understanding the dynamics of quantum systems far from equilibrium is one of the most pressing issues in physics. Three experiments based on ultracold atomic systems provide a major step forward.
How biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch
Built from the bottom up, synthetic cells and other creations are starting to come together and could soon test the boundaries of life.
Machine learning spots natural selection at work in human genome
Scientists are using artificial intelligence to identify genetic sequences molded by evolutionary pressures.
The world’s strongest MRI machines are pushing human imaging to new limits
Researchers look to scanners with 10.5-tesla magnets and beyond for unprecedented detail about the brain.