Obesity DNA found

2015-02-11 22:57

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem.

Scientists create genetic firewall

2015-01-21 22:24

A firewall means any GMOs that escapes a lab, manufacturing facility, or agricultural field will die.

Riddle of bulging Moon solved at last

2014-07-31 05:00

Far from being perfectly round, the Moon has a weird shape, with a highland bulge on the side facing the Earth and another bulge on its far side.

Turkeys enlisted in terror fight

2014-01-21 22:07

The flappy skin on the turkey's face and throat could help save human lives in a terror attack or a chemical spill - or maybe even from cancer.

Bats beat lifespan rule

2013-08-20 22:26

From the elephant to the mayfly, biologists say there is a general rule about longevity: the bigger the animal, the longer it lives.

Elephant tooth evolution rooted in grass

2013-06-26 20:29

Once they developed a taste for grass, the ancestors of today's elephants swiftly broadened their leaf-only diet and placed their progeny on a new evolutionary track.

Science sinks teeth into Neanderthals

2013-05-22 20:53

Neanderthals may have started weaning their young from seven months of age and transferred them to solid food by just over a year.

Life-giving elements in ancient water

2013-05-15 22:11

Scientists have found life-giving chemicals in water at least 1.5 billion years old, which they are now combing for signs of microscopic organisms surviving from a prehistoric age.

Reef predator uses sign language to hunt

2013-04-24 08:00

The roving coralgrouper, a predator fish of tropical reefs, uses sign language to advise fellow hunters of hiding prey.

Mum, dad equal at recognising baby's cry

2013-04-16 23:05

French researchers have dealt a blow to folklore that says mothers are better than fathers in recognising their baby's cry.


Science dates old dogs with new tricks

2015-02-05 22:41

Man's best friend has not been around for nearly as long as thought, according to a study that brings the emergence of modern dogs forward by some 15 000 years.

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

2014-08-25 19:40

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, say scientists who have teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it.

Anaesthesia may harm memory

2014-06-10 05:00

General anaesthesia before the age of one may impair memory later in childhood, possibly life-long.

Super spider nano silk opens way

2013-09-10 23:31

Scientists in the United States have coated spider silk with carbon nanotubes, creating a fibre that is not only super-strong but also conducts electricity.

Humans learned to throw 2m years ago

2013-06-26 21:51

The ability of humans to throw may have appeared nearly 2 million years ago.

Alga most sucessful life form

2013-06-13 07:30

It's just a tiny thing - a single-celled organism visible only under a microscope - yet it is one of the most successful life forms on the planet.

Snake's ultra-black spots aids high-tech

2013-05-16 22:05

Scientists have identified nanostructures in the ultra-black skin markings of an African viper which could inspire the quest to create the ultimate light-absorbing material.

DNA double trouble for Nobels

2013-04-24 22:19

The discovery of the DNA double helix 60 years ago proved to be a headache for the Nobel organisation as the feat became nominated for prizes in different categories.

Dagga pill better than zol

2013-04-22 21:51

Marijuana provides greater pain relief when taken in pill form than when it is smoked, according to a study that touches on a controversial medical issue.

Spiny worm solves thorny problem

2013-04-16 20:09

A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of fish by inflating its head has led to a remarkable invention for keeping skin grafts in place, even when the surface of the wound is wet.

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