New model backs controversial idea of how evolution works
Research supports Gould’s hypothesis that new characteristics evolve during periods of rapid change.
Dinosaur foot reconstruction fuels Cretaceous footprint debate
To understand what created the myriad fossil tracks at Australia’s Lark Quarry, scientists built a detailed model foot to make some tracks of their own. John Pickrell reports.
How Chinese fossils are rewriting the history of feathered dinosaurs
Paleontologists thought they had a good idea of the diversity of feathered dinosaur species. But a recent finding left them scratching their heads
Lessons in leadership from a school of problem-solving fishbots
Research shows that groups of robots need different ‘personality’ types to work collectively and overcome obstacles.
Bose–Einstein condensates simulate transformation of elusive magnetic monopoles
For the first time physicists have experimentally simulated a long-predicted relationship between two kinds of magnetic monopole.
Physicists sketch plans for a matter-wave tractor beam
Tiny tractor beams made from quantum-mechanical matter waves could make vital tools for nanotechnology
Ancient minerals fill in lost chapter of Earth’s history
A study of the oldest minerals ever found has shed new light on Earth in the Hadean eon, 4.4 billion years ago.
Science’s war on art fraud
High-tech methods such as X-ray fluorescence are revolutionising art conservation and authentication
Galaxy’s hydrogen halo hides missing mass
Astronomers aiming to reconcile the observed and predicted masses of the Milky Way have discovered a vast cloud of neutral hydrogen surrounding our galaxy