New nerve degeneration molecule identified
13 minutes ago
A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding why nerves degenerate.
Technique could make it easier to use mRNA to treat disease or deliver vaccines
19 minutes ago
By delivering strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA (mRNA) into cells, researchers can induce the cells to produce any protein encoded by the mRNA. This technique holds great potential for administering vaccines ...
Bats anticipate optimal weather conditions
20 minutes ago
Millions of animals fly, swim or walk around the Earth every year. To ensure that they reach their destination, they need to perceive precise changes in environmental conditions and choose the right moment to set off on their ...
Ageing star blows off smoky bubble
53 minutes ago
Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve ...
New infrared imaging technique reveals molecular orientation of proteins in silk fibres
1 hour ago
A large international collaboration has used a specialised technique on the infrared microspectroscopy (IRM) beamline at the Australian Synchrotron to determine the structure of proteins in individual silk fibres that has ...
This dance is taken: Hundreds of male frog species change colors around mating time
4 hours ago
Some of nature's most vibrant colors occur in frogs, who peek out from rainforests and marshes in startling shades of blue, yellow and red. But for hundreds of species, only males flaunt flashy colors—and sometimes only ...
Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
4 hours ago
New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield.
Complex life evolved out of the chance coupling of small molecules
11 hours ago
Complex life, as we know it, started completely by chance, with small strands of molecules linking up, which eventually would have given them the ability to replicate themselves.
End-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent is eighth lowest on record
14 hours ago
Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder have reported. Analysis of satellite ...
New technique promises tunable laser devices
14 hours ago
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a phenomenon similar to an effect observed in circular galleries, such ...