00:33 A headbashing relative gives insights into giraffe evolution How the giraffe got its long neck is a longstanding question in science. One possibility is that giraffes evolved longer necks for sexual competition, with males engaging in violent neck-swinging fights. Now, a team have described fossils of an ancient giraffoid species with a thick headpiece adapted for fighting, which could add weight to this hypothesis. Nature News: How the giraffe got its neck: ‘unicorn’ fossil could shed light on puzzle ## ## 05:18 A wave of resignations signals discontent in academia Around the world, the ‘great resignation’ has seen …
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As implants that decode thoughts become more sophisticated, the companies making them are attracting major financial backing.
A robot shoulder that stretches tendon tissue, and identifying misperceptions that can lead to vaccine hesitancy.
Despite the devastating loss of life caused by COVID-19, some researchers are arguing that the longest lasting impact of the pandemic will be on education. UN agencies calculate that more or less all school students on the planet - 1.6 billion - have faced an average of 4.5 months of …
New insights into a mysterious fossil animal, and uncovering ancient settlements hidden in the Bolivian Amazon.
How dark-matter-free galaxies may have formed, the scientists surviving the war in Ukraine, and imaging the black hole Sagittarius A*.
Millions of people around the world have been left managing the complex and amorphous syndrome that is long COVID. But the underlying cause of this myriad of symptoms is not clear. One hypothesis is that the virus is able to find a safe haven in the body from which it …
A new method for reviving retinal cells, and the likelihood that life originated as RNA.
A forecast of the environmental benefits of switching to microbial protein, and the neurons that help mosquitoes home in on humans.
The true disability cost of the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown, but more and more studies are adding to the list of potential fallout from even mild COVID 19 infection. In this episode of _Coronapod_ we discuss a massive association study which links COVID-19 cases with an increase in the …
The innovation cost of video calls, and a new type of cell division found in fish skin.
Researchers are investigating why some people infected with Epstein-Barr virus go on to develop multiple sclerosis, and what can be done to prevent it.
A roundup of some recent stories from the Nature Briefing, including using leeches to survey wildlife, a potential interstellar meteorite, and more.
Since the beginning of the pandemic there has been a debate amongst researchers about whether the body's immune cells can themselves be infected by SARS-CoV-2. Now two new studies show that they can - and what's more, the work has revealed a new mechanism for the massive inflammatory response seen …
Identifying how animals’ mutation rates line up with their longevity, and what the war in Ukraine means for emissions.
Searching for an elusive process that could explain a cosmic imbalance, and solving the mystery of the missing microbial plasmids.
Researchers are looking to build a human ‘pangenome’ that includes wider human genetic variation than previous attempts.
How where you grew up affects your navigational abilities, and understanding how coastal storm surges are changing.
Precisely ageing subgiant stars gives new insight into the Milky Way’s formation, and uncovering Yellowstone’s hydrothermal plumbing system.
A handful of states around the world have pursued 'COVID zero' strategies. Through a combination of intensive lockdowns, travel restrictions and comprehensive test and trace systems, regions like Tonga, New Zealand, Taiwan, mainland China and Western Australia managed to keep the virus at bay. But now many of these countries …