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.

A mutation in Taqpep converts a mackerel tabby pattern (upper) to a blotched tabby pattern (lower). Image courtesy of Helmi Flick

How the cheetah gets its spots

There may be a big difference in size, but cheetahs and tabby cats have things in common.

By understanding the changes in the human brain, scientists may be able to develop a cure for epilepsy. Image: LANBO

Scientists find trigger for epileptic seizures

This could be a step towards curing temporal lobe epilepsy.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis stained [red] in sputum sample. Image: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Fighting tuberculosis with soil bacterium

A natural compound found in soil kills antibiotic-resistant Mycobacterium  tuberculosis.

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