‘Lost’ Monitor Lizard Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Varanus douarrha was first described for science in 1823, but the original specimen went down in an 1824 shipwreck. Credit: Valter Weijola A monitor lizard lost to science in an … Continue reading ‘Lost’ Monitor Lizard Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Tensions Flare as Scientists Go Public With Plan to Build Synthetic Human DNA

One of the greatest ethical debates in science – manipulating the fundamental building blocks of life – is set to heat up once more. According to scientists behind an ambitious … Continue reading Tensions Flare as Scientists Go Public With Plan to Build Synthetic Human DNA

Fungi From a Toxic Mine Pit Have Teamed Up to Produce a New Type of Antibiotic

Two species of fungus isolated from a highly toxic mine pit in Montana have been thrown together in the lab with unexpected results – the duo teamed up to synthesise … Continue reading Fungi From a Toxic Mine Pit Have Teamed Up to Produce a New Type of Antibiotic

The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution

In his 1824 book, Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, the 28-year-old French engineer Sadi Carnot worked out a formula for how efficiently steam engines can convert heat — … Continue reading The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution

Researchers find new source of dangerous electrical instability in the heart

This image produced by Richard Gray and Pras Pathmanathan at the FDA shows simulated fibrillation in a rabbit heart. Credit: FDA   Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation – erratic … Continue reading Researchers find new source of dangerous electrical instability in the heart

A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky

On April 25, at 10:50 a.m. local time, a white helium balloon ascended from Wanaka, New Zealand, and lifted Angela Olinto’s hopes into the stratosphere. The football stadium-size NASA balloon, … Continue reading A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky

Physicists Are ‘Breeding’ SchröDinger’s Cat, And It Could Reveal The Limits of The Quantum World

Physicists have figured out how to ‘breed’ Schrödinger’s cat – an object in a quantum superposition of two states with opposite properties – to produce enlarged versions that could one … Continue reading Physicists Are ‘Breeding’ SchröDinger’s Cat, And It Could Reveal The Limits of The Quantum World

Astronomers Discover a Rare Star Full of Calcium, But No Clear Origin

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the first human-documented supernova was observed by ancient Chinese astronomers, who witnessed a bright “guest star” lighting up the night sky in 185 AD. A couple … Continue reading Astronomers Discover a Rare Star Full of Calcium, But No Clear Origin

Gene-Editing Technology Has Successfully Targeted Cancer’s “Command Centre”

The CRISPR gene-editing tool has already shown a lot of potential for helping doctors treat the most stubborn diseases, and now scientists have used it to target the “command centre” … Continue reading Gene-Editing Technology Has Successfully Targeted Cancer’s “Command Centre”

New species of dinosaur increases the already unexpected diversity of ‘whiplash dinosaurs’

This is a Galeamopus pabsti in its environment in the Late Jurassic of North America. An Allosaurus and two Ceratosaurus are feeding on a carcass of Galeamopus pabsti. Credit: Davide … Continue reading New species of dinosaur increases the already unexpected diversity of ‘whiplash dinosaurs’

Researchers create a roadmap of bipolar disorder and how it affects the brain

(Cover image)Bipolar patients tend to have gray matter reductions in frontal brain regions involved in self-control (orange colors), while sensory and visual regions are normal (gray colors). Credit: ENIGMA Bipolar … Continue reading Researchers create a roadmap of bipolar disorder and how it affects the brain