Storytelling can be an effective way to impart lessons in science.
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Poetry and prose are prominent features in this course about how climate change is affecting the world.
Pigs with human kidneys? Brain-powered computer chips? Science is creating new kinds of living things – and our moral understanding needs to catch up fast.
The exoplanet K2-18b might host a water ocean.
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The results are intriguing, but analysing the atmospheres of exoplanets is no easy task.
The Cambrian explosion, about 530 million years ago, was when most of the major groups of animals first appear in the fossil record.
We may have become the most complex living creature in part by accident and replication of error.
Tracing isotopes of carbon inside amino acid molecules has revealed the ‘metabolic fingerprints’ of how different animals store and use energy.
The blow fly’s antenna is a specialized organ that helps the fly detect food quicker than its competitors.
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Flies often beat out competitors for food because of their specialized sensing organs called antennae.
Teaching sex and gender more accurately can counter gender stereotypes and encourage all students to study STEM.
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‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills claim to use science to justify a binary definition of sex based on certain traits. But the biology of sex and gender is not so simple.
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Stem cells could help regenerate diseased or damaged parts of the body – but first, scientists need to make the cells forget their own histories.
Humans have been making symbols for numbers for thousands of years. Different cultures developed their own symbols, but all use addition and multiplication, suggesting arithmetic is a universal truth.
Summer humidity can change the way your hair is behaving – but what’s the science behind that?
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A chemist explains how the structure of your hair follicles, your genetic code and environmental factors like humidity influence how hair behaves on a day-to-day basis.
Bush rat eating a beetle.
What happens when wild native bush rats meet cockroaches they’ve never seen before?
Canada forward Janine Beckie watches after attempting a shot during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match against the United States, Feb. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Gender disparities in sport extend to injuries too. Female soccer players are at greater risk for ACL tears than males and it is clear immediate action is needed to address the non-biological factors for the injury.
Model of a thylacine at the Australian Museum.
Brain samples of a thylacine that died in 1880 in Berlin were kept safe by researchers for decades. Now, they have finally been analysed.
A guillemot nesting on a cliff ledge on Skomer Island, south Wales.
Studying a guillemot colony for 50 years has provided unique insights into how climate change and oil spills affect seabird populations.
The same amino acid can be encoded by anywhere from one to six different strings of letters in the genetic code.
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Many of the amino acids that make up proteins are encoded by genetic material in more than one way. An information theorist explains how principles of nature may account for this variance.
For many people, trying to lose excess fat is very difficult without help. Effective treatment is available when obesity affects health.
Despite the prevalent view that people with large bodies should simply eat less and move more, it’s nearly impossible to fight our genetic heritage or other factors that are not within our control.
The European lobster (Homarus gammarus)
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New research shows European lobsters are using the deposits of rocks and boulders at the base of wind turbines as shelter.
The frill-necked lizard is one of many land animals that reached Australia from Southeast Asia.
There’s no single reason many Asian animals spread to Australia but few went the other way – but climate, geography and the slow drift of tectonic plates all played a role.
While some people may be older in chronological age, their biological age might be much younger.
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Aging is a culmination of factors spanning from your cells to your environment. A number of interconnected processes determine how quickly your body is able to repair and recover from damage.
E. coli as a model organism helped researchers better understand how DNA works.
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Researchers uncovered the foundations of biology by using E. coli as a model organism. But over-reliance on this microbe can lead to knowledge blind spots with implications for antibiotic resistance.