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Neanderthals carried more copies of potentially detrimental mutations

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:55

Scientists have revealed that Neanderthals carried more copies of mutations that would alter the amino acid makeup of proteins than modern humans possess, which suggests that their populations across Eurasia were likely small and isolated.

Researchers create first man-made `living materials`

Last Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014, 19:07

Inspired by natural materials like bone, engineers from MIT were able to coax bacterial cells to produce biofilms, which can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

Why plants never get sunburnt `solved`

Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012, 21:15

Ultra-violet rays -- the most powerful part of the sun`s rays -- can damage both humans and plants.

Building block of life found on comet

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 10:49

The amino acid glycine, a fundamental building block of proteins, has been found in a comet for the first time, bolstering the theory that raw ingredients of life arrived on Earth from outer space, scientists said on Monday.