Category Archives: Biology

Homo sapiens developed a new ecological niche that separated it from other hominins

Critical review of growing archaeological and palaeoenvironmental datasets relating to the Middle and Late Pleistocene (300-12 thousand years ago) hominin dispersals within and beyond Africa, published today in Nature Human Behaviour…

Smart skin for flexible monitoring

An electronic tag that stretches and flexes while it records location and environmental data can monitor marine animals in their natural habitat. A thin smart patch called Marine Skin could…

Untangling DNA knots

Chemical engineers discover how to control knots that form in DNA molecules. CAMBRIDGE, MA — Just like any long polymer chain, DNA tends to form knots. Using technology that allows…

Human impact on sea urchin abundance

In the longest running study of its kind, researchers found sea urchin populations were strongly affected by human-driven environmental changes. Sea urchin populations are more sensitive to human activities than…

Orchids protect the skin [Asia Research News 2018 feature

An orchid-based skincare product could protect skin from the sun’s aging effects.  Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have patented a formula, based on compounds present in two types of…

Spectacle lens designed by PolyU slows myopic progression by 60%

A specially designed spectacle lens developed by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was found to have slowed down myopia progress by 60% in participating children, and 21.5% of them…