Two studies move us closer to understanding the origins of life on our planet. They may also help with another of the great mysteries of science - helping us to understand where to look for life on other planets.
“We’ve identified a central issue that, when eliminated, allows for survival without sleep, at least in fruit flies... We need to understand the biology of how sleep deprivation damages the body, so that we can find ways to prevent this harm."
Just as household bacteriologists used kitchen experiments to instruct ordinary Americans about germs, so too can we reproduce these experiments to let students discover the complexities of turn-of-the-century germ theory for themselves.
An international consortium is racing to test three possible antiviral treatments for Covid-19 and 10 different vaccines. No one of these experiments is guaranteed to succeed, but the chances of finding one that will are high.