The gene-editing tool CRISPR could help farmers overcome the challenges of malnutrition. But European legislation has closed the door to that technology.
Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have given insects the ability to fly efficiently and robustly. Roboticists are taking note.
Childbirth may be the most important event in a mother’s life, but it can also be the most traumatic. Technology can help.
The procedure has advantages as well as downsides. Science can help mothers decide what is best for them.
Genetic engineering is developing on human embryos, raising both hopes and ethical concerns.
Women who want to delay their pregnancies can now freeze their eggs effectively and safely. But success is not guaranteed.
Births are falling across the continent – although not in France. Why do women working in tech have fewer kids? And why are there more premature births?
Swiss start-up Ava’s wristband collects data on fertility. The goal: to help couples have a baby.
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
Our eating habits are often based on accepted wisdom without scientific basis. Researchers are now trying to sort the facts from the myths.
Designers working with biologists and engineers: not so long ago such collaboration would have been unusual. Now it is at the heart of European Science.
Sharks are a useful model, both for their slick skin and for their antibodies that can be used to treat cancer.
How a salamander inspired a robot, a protein became a sensor and a molecule helped design a water purifier.
Beetles, butterflies and spiders are some of the bugs that inspire engineers. What makes these insects so prone to imitation?
Brewing is often considered an art. For the researchers at BeerDeCoded, it’s a serious scientific endeavour.
Careful study of the waste carried by aircraft now offers valuable clues on how infectious diseases spread.
Bad nights are disruptive to a person’s life. Fortunately, scientists are constantly learning more about the causes.
You can sleep when you’re dead, they say. In the meantime, though, circadian rhythms are best not tampered with.
You may think you’re resting, but your brain is fulfilling critical tasks from building memories to reinforcing learning to clearing toxins.
Six researchers reveal just how far they go to discover some of nature’s deepest secrets or test novel technologies.
We spend one third of our time sleeping, but scientists still don’t know why. A prominent researcher reviews the most likely explanations.
For most organisms the absence of light is vital, too.
One of the basic certainties that unites all life on this planet: night follows day follows night. But then we started to mess with it.
The presence of a single species – Homo sapiens – is having a dramatic impact, allowing some to thrive and pushing others to the brink of extinction.
The vision of a world in which everyone lives longer and better is attractive – but for societies the changes will be over-whelming. An ethicist and a sociologist discuss the implications.
Life spans in the developed world have doubled over the past two centuries — and scientists are working hard to decipher the code of aging.
Age is so much more than years elapsed since your date of birth.
Everyone knows that animals use odours to communicate. Now a growing body of research suggests that humans do, too.
Prize-winning French biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier explains her revolutionary discovery.
Thousands of labs and hospitals are eagerly awaiting the portable sequencers that will make bedside genetic analysis a reality.
Canines still take the lead when it comes to sniffing out smells. But the latest research shows that machines are closing the gap.
With its horrible symptoms and 80% mortality rate, Ebola fever is especially frightening. The cases in Spain and the U.S. served as a reminder that procedures for strict disinfection, while simple on paper, are less so in practise. Even the Western health system cannot entirely protect us from this virus.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, but the pipeline for new drugs is drying up. Researchers are developing new strategies to avoid a resurgence of illnesses that once seemed easy to cure.
In an effort to combat dengue fever, Brazil has authorised the dissemination of a transgenic insect. Now the question is: will the critters do their job?
Super-resolution techniques have pushed back the limits of optics, becoming an essential tool in the life sciences.
Already sold in health-food stores as nutritional supplements, micro-organisms could help feed the world if prices came down.