study shows how ants combat disease in a colony

During their evolution, ants adapted their social organization and developed defense mechanisms to counter disease, according to research from Swiss biologists. All the factors that favor the spread of diseases are gathered in the anthill: a dense population and frequent contacts between individuals. Biologist Nathalie…

Bethesda threatened with class action lawsuit for Fallout 76

The Bethesda video game studio may soon face a class action suit in the United States following the disastrous launch of its latest game, Fallout 76. Fallout 76, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the world of the hit game series of…

The cobweb draws its strength from nanotechnology

Reproducing the properties of cobwebs could create a material of unparalleled strength. Now researchers have began to understand the secrets of their construction. Spider webs have fascinated researchers for many years. Their strength and flexibility are unsurpassed in the animal world and, at equal weight,…

Google Assistant learns some manners

Should one be polite with one’s electronic devices? Google seems to believe so, since its virtual assistant will now be more polite when a user will say the words “please” and “thank you”. For example, the query “Set a five minute timer, please” will trigger…

Breakthrough towards the creation of an HIV/AIDS vaccine

A vaccine against HIV/AIDS has been successfully tested on rodents, succeeding, where other attempts have failed, to generate a powerful immune system response. This new vaccine strategy was developed by American scientists from the Scripps Institute of Research in San Diego, California. If these results…

complex life on earth started sooner than previously thought: study

Microbes have been able to oxygenate photosynthesis at least a billion years earlier in Earth’s history than previously thought. This hypothesis put forward by British biologists at Imperial College London has upset the widely accepted theory of the moment of the appearance of complex life…