Japan’s asteroid sample return mission has a big success, tracking smuggled echidnas, Mars One file bankruptcy and a potential universal flu vaccine.
Are insects being wiped out? Does the risk of mosquito-borne illness increase during floods? Why do we sleep so deeply when sick? And how does our gut bacteria affect our mental health?
Why was lapis lazuli found in a medieval tooth? Can plants be trained? How does body position affect spidey-sense? And why has the Earth’s magnetic field suddenly sped up?
The funny, interesting or just weird bits from 2018 that didn’t make the final show!
Our top stories from 2018. All the stories we thought particularly interesting, from wombat poop to very hot chilies!
How a giant tortoise could help you live longer, brain zapping to treat depression, and a male contraceptive trial. Plus, dark fluid could be the explanation for dark matter and dark energy, maybe.
Gene edited babies plagued with ethical and scientific controversy, NASA probes Mars, and Mitochondrial DNA inherited from fathers.
Why do wombats have square poops? Earth’s sun may have a twin, a new kingdom in the tree of life and water detected in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.
There’s a dark matter hurricane all around us, the kilogram gets a new definition, and were Neanderthals really more violent than modern humans?
The opioid crisis in Australia, dolphin snout evolution, and cooperation among chimpanzees.