Tracing the oridings of fast radio bursts, putting penguins on treadmills, a new cause of Lyme Disease, and harnessing bacterial nanospears!
Our top stories from 2015. All the stories we thought particularly interesting, plus the times where the media or scientists got things very wrong.
Is this the antibacterial apocalypse? Some bacteria is now resistant to even our last-resort antibiotics. Also biologists making flatworms grow the heads and brains of other species of flatworms, without altering their genome. And the genome of the tardigrade gets sequenced, and there’s a lot of foreign DNA in there.
RIP Dr. Oliver Sacks, the link between lack of sleep and illness, climate change could affect nitrogen fixating-bacteria, New Horizons has a new target.
Space Archaeology, MESSENGER crashes into Mercury, organic farm stores more carbon than it emits, bacteria fighting climate change, and beard poop.
Chinese scientists report editing the genome of human embryos, the role of oxytocin in human/dog relations, chimps that hunt with spears, unexpected bacterial complications in organ transplants, another magma chamber found at the Yellowstone supervolcano and celebrating 25 years of Hubble.
Antibiotic resistance a growing problem, slower rate of expansion for the universe, LHC upgraded, paracetamol ineffective for back pain and Ganymede has a mysterious bulge.
Jupiter’s subsurface ocean, bacteria refuelling through nanotubes, memory manipulation, handshake sniffing and wind on a comet!
Methane storms on Uranus, reasons for menopause, chameleon colours explained, and sewage as an indicator of obesity.
NASA plans to go to Europa, bacteria that hasn’t evolved, scorpions that lose their tails, slippery plate tectonics and fencing cane toads.