Science Update

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.

Bacteria can squeeze through small spaces

Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis, two common microbes, move easily through passages just 30 per cent wider than themselves, say researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Giant buoy will research life in the seas

With 30 of its 50 metres below water, French marine architect Jacques Rougerie’s SeaOrbiter lab will allow scientists to observe underwater life 24 hours a day for months at a time and provide…

New spider species has biggest females

Golden silk orb spiders are known for their large size and fantastic webs. Nephila komaci, the newest member of the group, is the biggest yet.

Hubble delivers the best look yet at galaxy M83

Wide Field Camera 3, installed last year on the Hubble Space Telescope, has captured the most detailed view of distant star formation yet in the galaxy M83, located 15 million light-years away in…

Bio-mimicking robot fish slices through water

The most vulnerable part of any underwater robot is its propeller, which can be easily damaged on rocky terrain or get caught in submerged plants.

West African giraffes make strides

Sixteen years of work by the Association to Safeguard the Giraffes of Niger (ASGN) are paying off, says Jean Patrick Suraud, the group’s scientific manager.

New scanner takes 3D photos of your teeth

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany, have developed a 3D imaging system that is poised to revolutionise the field of dental prosthesis.

Self-regenerating bone implants made from seashells

Sea urchins might hold the key to better knee and hip replacements, with the development of a new technology that encourages the body to regenerate, and replace the implant with new bone.

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