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Crowds within crowds are wiser still

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:05:00 +1100

Argentinian research finds small-group deliberation much more accurate than large-group guesses. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

Friends with drawbacks: social marmots die early

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:04:00 +1100

The idea that community living leads to long lives doesn’t always hold, researchers find. Andrew Masterson reports.

Carnivorous plant inspires ultra-slippery shipping solution

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:03:00 +1100

Australian research potentially solves a costly underwater problem caused by the banning of a toxic chemical. Andrew Masterson reports.

Hot weather banjaxes bird bollocks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:02:00 +1100

Australian research finds heatwave reduce fertility in zebra finches, signaling a long-term challenge to fitness. Jeff Glorfeld reports. 

Hawaiian exotics show genetic drift

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

Studying invasive species permits rapid understanding of usually slow evolutionary process. Tanya Loos reports.

Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

The effects of global warming will be complex and unexpected, as the disappearance of male turtles shows.

Females fall for robot fiddlers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:01:00 +1100

Biologists use robotic crabs to test whether its real love or just a quick fiddle on the beach. Andrew Masterson reports.

Mantis shrimp floats like a butterfly, hits like a heavyweight

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:03:00 +1100

US military research discovers why a predatory shrimp doesn’t destroy itself every time it pounces. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

Earthquakes don’t wait for time or tide

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:01:00 +1100

US research contradicts early studies that found quake frequency is affected by season. Andrew Masterson reports.

Breast-feeding for six months halves maternal diabetes risk

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:01:00 +1100

US longitudinal data finds long-term protection arises after just one pregnancy. Andrew Masterson reports.

An African slave in Iceland, and the revelation of the mother

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:09:00 +1100

Researchers use descendant DNA to close in on the lost origins of the mother of an African slave who found freedom in the ice two centuries ago. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

René Thom: Dalí’s favourite mathematician

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:02:00 +1100

René Thom was a maths genius who influenced psychoanalysis, philosophy and the course of modern art.

The hunt is on for climate champs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

Conference organisers call for community nominations for outstanding climate activism.

Ingredients for life in a grain of salt from outer space

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

Meteorites that hit Earth in 1998 contained water and complex organic compounds.

Tsunami risk in PNG volcano blast

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +1100

Landslides could set off tidal wave, warns researcher.

Eeewww! Man sneezes, rips his own throat open

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:31:00 +1100

Fear of letting loose can result in severe injury, doctors warn. Andrew Masterson reports.

In conquered Mexico, almost a million died of salmonella in just five years

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:04:00 +1100

DNA analysis finds a terrible epidemic was caused not by plague, but by the bacteria behind food poisoning. Andrew Masterson reports.

For straight line motion, snakes first relax

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:03:00 +1100

US research confirms a 70-year-old idea about how snakes can hunt in narrow burrows. Tanya Loos reports.

A semi-living stingray may one day fix your heart

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:02:00 +1100

US research combines heart cells with gold to produce the latest bio-inspired soft robot. Andrew Masterson reports.

Some species of bacteria produce methane

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:01:00 +1100

US research uncovers previously unknown greenhouse gas pathway. Andrew Masterson reports.

Deep brain stimulation useful for Tourette syndrome

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 +1100

Registry review finds good news, along with some serious drawbacks. Andrew Masterson reports.

Science body awards young journos

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

Editor of Chinese app-based service among those honoured.

A pond in the Arctic ice

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

Melting ice shelves are changing the chemistry of the Arctic Ocean.

Music of the spheres: chain of planets rotates at “perfect fifth” intervals

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:05:00 +1100

Citizen scientists combine to identify longest chain of synchronised exoplanets ever discovered – and best described by the language of music. Richard A Lovett reports.

Robots heal injured pig oesaphagus

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:04:00 +1100

It sounds like something out of Star Trek, but an international team report success with a cell-regenerating robot implant. Andrew P Street reports.