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Llama blood clue to beating all flu
Scientists design an antibody based on llama blood that is highly effective against flu strains.
LRB · Meehan Crist · Race doesn’t come into it: Am I My Mother-in-Law?
Before I got pregnant, I thought I understood how DNA works: parents pass on some combination of their DNA, which codes for various heritable traits, to their children, who pass on some combination to their children, and so on down the neat branching lines of the genealogical tree. What I . . .
Which cities will sink into the sea first? Maybe not the ones you expect | Mark Miodownik
The Earth isn’t solid – which makes it hard to predict how the submerging of our coastlines will unfold, writes materials scientist Mark Miodownik
Solving the genome puzzle
With advances in gene technology helping to diagnose very rare diseases, has the new era of personalised medicine finally arrived?
Something Unexpected and Weird Is Happening Beneath California's Deadliest Faults
The detection of strange, unpredicted behavior deep below the surface near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults suggests scientists have an incomplete understanding of the processes responsible for earthquakes in the region. Over the past four decades, geoscientists have recorded thousands of small earthquakes in California's San Bernardino basin near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults.
Mystery of the cargo ships that sink when their cargo suddenly liquefies
A lot is known about the physics of the liquefaction, yet it's still causing ships to sink.
Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And Now We Know How That's Possible
The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic compass, but a protein in their eyes that lets them "see" Earth's magnetic fields.
They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.
Experimental gene therapies have yielded promising results in early trials. But the drugs have left some patients worried that success will not last.
A New View of Evolution That Can’t Be Represented by a Tree
David Quammen has written a sprawling history of evolutionary genetics, “The Tangled Tree,” that complicates familiar notions of how species evolved.
The book that fights sexism with science
With Inferior, Angela Saini counters long-held beliefs that biology stands in the way of parity between the sexes. Now her message is set to reach thousands of schools
Thirty micrometres a minute: scientists discover the speed of death
By studying frogs’ eggs, researchers have measured the rate at which cells kill themselves off for an organism’s greater good
From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future
Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.
Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning
Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics.
The 'Loss of Confidence Project' Offers Scientists a Place to Confess
What are researchers to do when they lose confidence in their previously published work? A new project has an answer. Will it help the replication crisis?
How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature’s Mysterious Patterns
In research shortly before his death in 1954, Alan Turing used mathematics to explore how forms emerge, yielding insights that are now being applied to problems like desalination.
Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People
From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.
Scientists to grow 'mini-brains' using Neanderthal DNA
Geneticists hope comparing prehistoric and modern biology will help them understand what makes humans unique
Raising eyebrows: how evolution gave us expressive faces
Humans lost their strong brow ridges as social communication became more important, researchers say
Scientists Still Can't Decide How to Define a Tree
We think we know what trees are, but even at the level of genetics, it's difficult to find what separates them from other plants.