What made Beethoven sick? DNA from his hair offers clues

Malte Boecker, Director Beethoven Haus on the genome sequencing project of world-renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven by an international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge, Tuesday 21 March 2023. Scientists extracted Beethoven’s genome from the strands of her hair to look for clues about her many health problems. | Photo credit: AP … Read more

Virtual Earth-sized telescope shows how science is changing

The first-ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, led by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, to obtain information about celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong that no matter or light can escape, is shown in this handout photo released April 10, 2019. | Photo credit: Reuters In … Read more

Their world was the oyster: Oldest pearl town found in UAE

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Archaeologists said on Monday, March 20, 2023 they had found the oldest pearl city in the Persian Gulf on a island off one of the UAE’s northern sheikhdoms, further expanding this young nation’s understanding … Read more

Scientists create mice with cells from 2 males for 1st time

This photo provided by researcher Katsuhiko Hayashi shows stem cell-derived mice, four weeks after their birth, in Osaka, Japan in September 2021. In a study published Wednesday, March 16, 2023, in the journal Nature, scientists led by Hayashi have created mice with two fathers for the first time by transforming male mouse stem cells into … Read more

CO2 rise won’t just affect crops: Prof. Lewis H. Ziska

‘Communicating science is not about the esoteric or what might be. It’s about linking science, especially food science, to climate and CO2 increases,’ says Professor Lewis H. Ziska. | Photo credit: Special Arrangement Lewis H. Ziska, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, had to leave the US Department of Agriculture … Read more

Animal personalities can trip up science, but there’s a solution

Several years ago, Christian Rutz began to question whether he was giving his ravens enough credit. Rutz, a biologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and his team were catching wild New Caledonian crows and challenging them with puzzles crafted from natural materials before releasing them again. In a test, the birds were … Read more

Smoke particles from wildfires can erode ozone layer: MIT study

A property threatening a fire lights up at dusk near Clear Range, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, on Friday 31 January 2020. The threat is posed by a fire on Canberra’s southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares ( 53,000 acres) has since been triggered by heat from a military helicopter landing … Read more

How does RNA know where to go in the city of the cell?

Matteo Taliferro, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Before 2020, when my friends and acquaintances asked me what I study as a molecular biologist, their eyes inevitably glazed over as soon as I said “RNA”. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the power and promise of this molecule to the world at large, their … Read more

‘Surgical’ shark-killing orcas fascinate scientists

Dozens of disemboweled sharks have washed up on a South African beach putting the spotlight on a pair of shark-hunting killer whales whose behavior has fascinated scientists and wildlife enthusiasts. | Photo credit: Reuters Dozens of disemboweled sharks have washed up on a South African beach putting the spotlight on a pair of shark-hunting killer … Read more

Genetics study lays bare Ice Age drama for humans in Europe

View of male human skull and stone tools discovered in the village of Gross Fredenwalde in Germany, dated to 7,000 years ago, in this undated photograph. The population of this individual lived side by side with early European farmers without intermingling. | Photo credit: Reuters Europe was not a balmy paradise during the Ice Age, … Read more