Science Update

New treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Insulin, the hormone that keeps the level of sugar in the bloodstream within normal range, could be a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.

New fossil discovered in China

Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Leicester, in the UK, and from Yunnan University, China, discovered a well-preserved fossil that provides new information on primitive sea creatures and their evolution.

And the winner is…

The Abel Prize has been awarded to the famous American mathematician John Milnor (b. 1931).

Runaway star’s origin discovered

A blue star hurtling through the outer reaches of our galaxy originated in the centre of the Milky Way 100 million years ago.

Wreck-hunters find sunken hospital ship

After more than 65 years on the seafloor, the Centaur, a World War II Australian hospital ship, has been found nestled in the narrow channel of a canyon more than a kilometre below…

Charging elephants don’t run

Asian elephants can charge up to 20 km/h, a quick pace for animals of their size. But despite appearances, they don’t technically run, say scientists from Belgium, Italy and Thailand.

Ancient Roman city revealed by archaeologists

Italian scientists have found a way to map a city — despite the fact that it’s been buried for centuries.

Unicorn flies discovered in amber

A hundred million years ago, flies with horns on the top of their heads were buzzing around modern-day Myanmar (formerly Burma).

Toucan’s giant beak explained

The toucan’s large beak makes up about a third of the bird’s body length and as much as 40 per cent of the bird’s total surface area.

The human brain goes digital

The first-ever 3D human brain “atlas” is on the horizon.

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