Research & development > Life sciences

NanoViricides ramps up SARS-CoV-2 drug development efforts

20 March, 2020

NanoViricides has completed the synthesis of a number of nanoviricide drug candidates for testing just a few weeks after identification of virus-binding ligands.


Bacteria on ISS no more dangerous than earthbound strains

21 February, 2020

Two particularly tenacious species of bacteria have colonised the potable water dispenser aboard the International Space Station.


Egyptian mummy speaks again… sort of

30 January, 2020

The sound of a 3000-year-old mummified Egyptian priest has been reproduced based on measurements of the precise dimensions of his extant vocal tract following CT scanning.


The missing link in penguin evolution

17 December, 2019

The remains of the newly described Kupoupou stilwelli — the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its modern relatives — have been found on the geographically remote Chatham Islands.


Bacteria found in ISS drinking water

11 November, 2019

Bacteria have been found coating drinking water pipes and tanks on the International Space Station (ISS) — but what are the potential risks to human health?


How can tomatoes improve sperm quality?

08 November, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Sperm quality can be improved with a simple diet supplement containing a compound found in cooked tomatoes — a breakthrough that could transform the outlook for men with fertility problems.


Phenosys Jet Ball rodent virtual reality system

26 September, 2019

The Jet Ball by Phenosys is a novel virtual reality experimental system based on an air cushion-supported spherical treadmill that allows a restrained rodent to navigate in virtual space.


Species aren't adapting fast enough to climate change

13 August, 2019

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment, according to an international team of scientists.


Insects feel chronic pain too

23 July, 2019

Scientists have known insects experience something like pain since 2003, but new research has shown that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts long after an initial injury has healed.


Aphrodisiac pheromone found in fish semen

10 July, 2019

The semen of the male sea lamprey contains spermine, a highly specific and potent pheromone, which attracts ready-to-mate female sea lampreys.


Cranberries increase bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics

24 June, 2019

Cranberries are highly sought after for their tangy taste and the antioxidants they contain, but a new study provides evidence that they could also help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.


Breath test could replace pinprick testing in diabetics

14 June, 2019

Monitoring blood levels with the prick of a finger could be replaced with just a breath, thanks to a ketone-monitoring device developed at the University of Sydney.


Meet the tiny cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex

10 May, 2019

A newly named tyrannosauroid dinosaur — Suskityrannus hazelae — stood less than a metre tall at the hip and was about 2.7 metres in length.


Twins study reveals how the human body changes in space

23 April, 2019

Results from NASA's landmark Twins Study, which studied one twin in spaceflight and one on the ground, have finally been published.


Metabolic reprogramming in cancer

20 February, 2019 by Mansi Gandhi

Metabolomics, a study of small molecules — or metabolites — within organisms, cells and tissues, is an important and rapidly growing branch of 'omics'.


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