James Wolman

A ferm hypothesis

Particle physics has seen a week of new discoveries, having found evidence of two theoretical particles - the “Weyl Fermion” and    ... more

A leg to stand on

An innovative prosthetic leg design that anchors directly onto the bone has just been approved by the FDA. The design may    ... more

Spark of mystery

In a world-first, researchers appear to have discovered a material that may act as both a conductor and an insulator simultaneously,    ... more

A mammoth task

A team of researchers at the University of Chicago carried out the first in-depth analysis of the woolly mammoth genome recently.    ... more

Renaissance lizards

The world’s first example of climate-induced sex reversal in the wild was discovered last week. The finding was published on the    ... more

Getting a fix on DNA

A team of researchers at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, led by Professor Vasily M. Studitsky has found an entirely new    ... more

New blood

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced the first trial to give synthetic blood to human volunteers. Scientists are aiming    ... more

On another planet

There seems to be a considerable buzz around Mars as the next ‘giant leap for mankind’. In particular, the crowd funded    ... more

Flashing into view

Researchers at the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) in Canada may have unearthed a way to guide electrical discharges    ... more

Might still waters run deep?

Saturn’s moon Titan beholds vast seas and lakes brimming with liquid hydrocarbons, however what causes this has proven a secret. Using    ... more

Broad strokes

A new test might be able to detect every virus that someone has ever harboured from a single drop of blood.    ... more

A wider frame of mind

The most comprehensive evidence to date of schizophrenia’s causes has been produced by an international team of scientists led by researchers    ... more

Shape-shifting, scuttling, microbots

Researchers from MIT and Technische Universität München unfurled an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades at ICRA    ... more

Refreshing the memory

According to new research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), memories that have “vanished” through amnesia might now possibly be restored.    ... more

Whispering clouds and the supernatural

Benches reimagined as light shows, musical plants and personal light orchestras might become a reality for Bristol. Watershed recently announced its    ... more

Knee-deep in data

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly developing computer tools as part of its Memex programme to probe the    ... more

Teenage breakthrough

As a 15-year-old sophomore at North County High School, Maryland, US, Jack Andraka may be far from an average young man.    ... more

A CRISPR understanding

Last week, Nature Biotechnology published a report voicing thoughts from leading researchers, ethicists and business leaders from across the world on    ... more

Bridging an ancient gap

Within deep hydrothermal vents beneath the Arctic Ocean, scientists have discovered an organism that may be the evolutionary link between simple    ... more

Ahead of the pack

A newly discovered type of stem cell may allow human organ tissue to be grown inside large animals for research and    ... more

A rush of blood

Scientists have discovered an enzyme that may be able to change a person’s blood type by cutting away antigens in types    ... more

Age before science

Scientists may have learned how to reverse human ageing. Researchers from the Salk Institute in the US and the Chinese Academy    ... more

Bare-bones investigation

The Museum of London has reportedly announced new, ground-breaking research to be undertaken on skeletons from the collection, adding to their    ... more

Hot off the press

A team at the University of Utah has just announced the discovery of a vast magma reservoir underneath Yellowstone National Park    ... more

A snapshot of the future

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have invented the world’s first prototype video camera that is fully self-powered. It is capable of producing    ... more

An idle brain

Researchers at Northwestern University in the US appear to have progressed brain-like’ computing further than ever before. The human brain –    ... more

A star springs to life

Complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, have been detected in a young star system for the first time. The    ... more

NASA flexes their muscles

Last night, NASA rocketed off an advanced material from Cape Canaveral in Florida to the International Space Station aiming to examine    ... more

Medieval medicine

A modern-day recreation of an Anglo-Saxon remedy for styes appears to also relieve the body of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – the    ... more

Probing the universe: round 2

The world’s largest particle accelerator returned from its hiatus on Sunday following a two-year upgrade that aims to help physicists probe    ... more

More than meets the eye

A group of biohackers in California claim to have designed a way to enhance human eyes with night vision (or at    ... more

Riding the green train

The world’s first hydrogen-powered tram rolled off the assembly line this month in Qingdao, Shandong Province. Sifang Company, a subsidiary of    ... more

Ancient relatives

Palaeontologists have uncovered fossils in the United States of a giant, prehistoric crocodile that hunted on its hind legs. It lived    ... more

Out of sight, out of mind

Researchers in the US have discovered that a particular RNA molecule may be directed to increase the production of neurons. The    ... more

A therapeutic approach

Experts are teaming up to preserve promising gene-editing style approaches to therapeutic research. Specifically, scientists are encouraging a discussion to decide    ... more

Rising to the occasion

Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town saw a surgeon team carry out the world’s first successful penile transplantation back in December last    ... more

A small world

Researchers from the U.S. at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California captured the first high-resolution microscopy images    ... more

Working man’s smile

A 2.8-million-year-old lower jawbone uncovered recently in Afar, Ethiopia may be the earliest record of ancient humans ever discovered. A graduate    ... more

Cooler heads prevail

Human head transplants are thought to be just around the corner. As was announced last week, neurosurgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero, from    ... more

In mind’s eye

Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) software has proven capable of learning to play video games, simply by watching. In a paper published    ... more

Asking for the moon

America’s 2016 federal budget has designated funds for the first phase of a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, orbiting almost    ... more

Artificial answers

Immunologists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida have shown that a synthetic molecule binds the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) more    ... more

Crux of the matter

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva recently observed two new particles made of exotic types of quarks. Published    ... more

Pecking at the genome

Researchers in Sweden and the US have revealed an interesting amount of interbreeding between Charles Darwin’s finch species through whole-genome sequencing.    ... more

A leading light

Korean electronics giant LG recently unveiled its new televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The international event    ... more

Tricks of the trade

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the shuttling of DNA between mitochondria – a previously unobserved phenomenon. The findings are    ... more

Diagnosis put to the test

Breaking research has demonstrated for the first time that more precise DNA techniques may enable the identification of certain prenatal and    ... more

The path of least resistance

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in 30 years was recently unearthed by an international team of scientists. It has    ... more

A breath of fresh air

A new NASA-led study suggests tropical forests are responsible for absorbing more of the world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) than previously thought.    ... more

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Raising the steaks

There is a wide recognition that the over-consumption of “red meat” increases the probability of the development of colorectal cancer in    ... more