First known omnivorous shark species identified
60% of the bonnethead shark’s diet is made up of seagrass, which they happily graze upon as well as eating fish, crabs, snails and shrimp
Origin of the species: where did Darwin’s finches come from?
Galápagos finches have been the subject of a plethora of evolutionary studies, but where did the first ones come from?
Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species
From the nut-cracking crows of Sendai to ‘Turdus urbanicus’ (the new urban blackbird), animals are changing their behaviour and evolution in cities – and in dramatic and surprising ways
Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics says changing the DNA of a human embryo could be ‘morally permissable’ if it is in the child’s best interests
First confirmed image of a newborn planet revealed
Nascent planet seen carving a path through the disc of gas and dust surrounding the very young star PDS70
Scientists develop thermal camouflage that can fool infrared cameras
Invention can make an object appear to have the same temperature as its background
Synthetic biology raises risk of new bioweapons, US report warns
Report warns that swift progress in our ability to manufacture viruses is making us vulnerable to biological attacks
The most likely cradles for life inside our solar system
Scientists still believe it possible that extraterrestrial life could flourish in our own neighbourhood
The asteroid rush sending 21st-century prospectors into space
A race is on to mine billions of dollars in resources from the solar system’s asteroids, fuelling our future among the stars
Scientists are human too, so why are we shocked when they fall short?
When our heroes – like Richard Feynman – turn out to be less than perfect, it’s an open question as to whether we should write off their work as well