Secrets of Germany's 'Alcatraz' virus island revealed

World / Science & Health Dec 28, 2019

Secrets of Germany's 'Alcatraz' virus island revealed

On a Baltic Sea island once used by the Nazis for biological weapon research, German scientists are developing virus vaccines that could save lives. Access to the island of Riems is highly restricted. Scientists who work there have to have disinfectant showers when entering or ...

'Water bears' may be living on the moon

World / Science & Health Aug 7, 2019

'Water bears' may be living on the moon

There might be life on the moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, extreme cold and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren't aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive ...

Turtle embryos can partly determine own sex

World / Science & Health Aug 2, 2019

Turtle embryos can partly determine own sex

For some turtle species, the temperature of eggs determines whether the offspring are male or female — a trait that scientists feared could leave the reptiles vulnerable to extinction from climate change. But a team of researchers in China and Australia have found the embryos ...