Biology

  • Rotifers survive being frozen for 24,000 years

    In cryptobiosis for millenia, this microscopic beast is ready to reproduce.

    Resurrected and hardier than a tardigrade, rotifers are the new bad boy from the (ice) block. A new paper, publish...

    Animals August 31, 2021
  • eDNA latest tool in fight against invasive species

    The technique can assess DNA from water to track species.

    The New Zealand mud snail is a small but hardy creature that can reproduce at epic rates. Dispersed across the globe ...

    Biology June 1, 2021
  • The new coronavirus variant names

    Variants of note will now be designated a Greek letter.

    The WHO announced has announced they will be using new variant names for the SARS-CoV-2 strains that are particularly...

    Biology June 1, 2021
  • Duetting wrens sing with telepathic link

    Sound cues cause brain inhibition when it isn’t their turn to sing.

    The great duetters in history may have had more than just musical chemistry: for songbirds, there could even be a lin...

    Biology June 1, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: COVID-19 vaccine dosage

    Are you “fully” vaccinated after a single dose?

    As it stands, over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Australia. This doesn’t mean 4 milli...

    Biology May 31, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Ferrets against bird flu For our choice for an Ig Nobel Prize, we nominate a study published in PLOS ONE, where re...

    Biology May 31, 2021
  • What happens in a virology lab?

    Virology labs help us learn all about viruses – but what goes on behind the pressurised doors?

    What is a virology lab? Virology is the study of viruses. Specific areas of study include looking at the genetics ...

    Biology May 28, 2021
  • Could you live to 150?

    A new method to determine biological age suggests a maximum human lifespan.

    An international team of researchers has developed a new way to track the biological ageing process – and the results...

    Biology May 26, 2021
  • Tiny hairs move eggs down the fallopian tube

    Motile cilia help transport unfertilised eggs from the ovary.

    An old question about how the egg gets from the ovary to the uterus has been solved – it is all to do with little hai...

    Biology May 25, 2021
  • PCR: the reaction that changed biology

    COVID testing has seen the technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction enter the lexicon, but few ...

    By now many of us have felt it – the surprising, invasive sensation of a long-handled cotton bud being shoved through...

    Biology May 21, 2021
  • Genetic link found between bipolar and schizophrenia

    Some genetic locations associated with bipolar disorder could be therapeutic targets.

    A study of bipolar disorder (BD) shows a genetic link to schizophrenia and major depression but also identifies some ...

    Biology May 18, 2021
  • How genetic is your face?

    New research pinpoints genes that are responsible for facial similarities in siblings.

    New research might provide an insight into an age-old question: do your siblings really know you better than anyone e...

    Biology May 14, 2021
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