Researchers Are Building a Tear Bank to Better Understand Why We Weep

Compared with other bodily excretions, tears are vastly understudied. Collecting the salty drops is tedious—weepy donors are rare, men hardly ever sign up and...

When ancient lovers meet: the best planet duo of 2016

A fantastic lineup of planets has been visible over the past few weeks. Glance upwards just after sunset and all...

"Der Tag": An Accusation of Hostile Intent, 1916

“Der Tag.” Readers familiar with the First World War may come across a mention from time to time of the after-dinner toast that may—or...

Why the ACCC siding with the banks against Apple will not be in consumers’...

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has denied four of Australia’s banks an interim authorisation to act collectively against...

Resetting the Body's Thermostat with a Molecular On/Off Switch

A plummeting body temperature usually means an accident. It conjures dire images of people falling into a frozen pond or wandering about in a...

Genes are not destiny: environment and education still matter when it comes to intelligence

Recent research has suggested that academic performance, reading ability and IQ have a genetic basis. This reinforces the popular notion...

This Weird Galaxy Is 99.99 Percent Dark Matter

Astronomers have discovered a galaxy as big as the Milky Way that consists almost entirely of dark matter, a mysterious and invisible substance that...

If you’re going to ridicule research, do your homework

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is suffering one of their frequent relapses into frothy-mouthed panic about government wastage on research grants. Poking...

Corals Clash on the Ocean Floor

They may seem stationary to us, but corals are dynamic animals. In this film, researchers use time-lapse video to watch corals move along the...

Thank (or blame) your genes for ability to handle java jolt

Coffee consumption may be in the genes.Activity of a gene that lowers levels of caffeine-degrading enzymes in the liver is associated with how much...