Etruscan tomb with female aristocrat

Archaeoloy In a tomb in Tarquinia northwest of the Italian capital of Rome, archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery: Behind a stone shield, they found a vaulted tomb full of artefacts of the…


Yeti scalp actually belongs to extinct bear

British genetics professor Bryan Sykes from the University of Oxford decided to subject alleged remains of the Himalayan Yeti legendary creature to genetic testing. And the result is surprising. Sykes analysed two wisps…


What became of the US space station?

30 years ago, the Americans dreamed of building a permanently manned space station, the Power Tower. What happened? Space stations are the future In Science Illustrated No. 10/1985, the first manned US space…

Preschool students learn from observing their peers. Image: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich/Shutterstock

Preschoolers think like scientists

Child’s play is very similar to scientific experiments.

Pond snails that consumed epicatechin found in chocolate developed long-term memories. Image: Kenneth Lukowiak

Snails improved their memory after “eating” chocolate

Turns out that flavonoids make snails smarter.

PhD student Anirudh Sharma with his new solar cells. Image: Ashton Claridge, Flinders University

Plastic and print power

Plastic solar cells could pave the way for a clean energy industry.

Nafion has a low refractive index and high transparency, making it ideal to observe the plant roots through. Image: Lionel Dupuy

See-through soil will improve crops

The mysterious world of the rhizosphere revealed.

Viruses could soon be used to clear the skin of people with acne. Image: Deklofenak/Shutterstock

A new viral treatment for acne has been developed

Viruses that live on the skin naturally quash acne-causing bacteria.

Not all sperm are able to successfully fertilise an egg. Image: Lukiyanova Natalia / frenta/Shutterstock

Protein could give IVF couples hope

One protein is critical for the beginning of life.

Radar transponders track bumblebees' navigation patterns to learn how they find the best foraging route. Image: Stephan Wolf

Scientists discover how bees develop optimised traplines

  Brainiac bumblebees buzzing with mathematical solutions.

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