Polymyxins turn cell membranes into brittle, breakable crystals To kill drug-resistant bacteria, “last-resort” antibiotics borrow a tactic from Medusa’s playbook: petrification. New high-resolution microscope images show that a class of antibiotics called polymyxins crystallize the cell membranes of bacteria. The honeycomb-shaped crystals that form turn the microbes’ usually supple skinsContinue Reading

This interactive map shows locations, suggesting that finding care for lingering symptoms can be a challenge For the millions of people in the United States with long COVID, getting help comes down to where they live. Long COVID clinics have been popping up, but their accessibility and the kind ofContinue Reading

The virus is thought to be predominantly carried by shrews An international team of scientists is tracking a newly-identified, potentially dangerous virus that has jumped from animals to humans to infect at least 35 people in northeast China. The Langya henipavirus, also called “Langya” or “LayV,” was first detected inContinue Reading

Mice and humans infected with dengue emit acetophenone, a mosquito-attractor Some mosquito-borne viruses turn mice into alluring mosquito bait. Mice infected with dengue or Zika viruses — and people infected with dengue — emit a flowery, orange-smelling chemical that tempts hungry mosquitoes, researchers report June 30 in Cell. In mice,Continue Reading

A complete guide to coconut milk nutrition and how this plant-based drink stacks up against other milk alternatives Due to its distinctive flavor and creamy texture, coconut milk can add a nice twist to coffees, protein shakes and desserts. Although it’s nowhere near as popular as other plant-based milk alternativesContinue Reading

A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic Covid-19 caused 5.6 per cent of all deaths in England in February Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in England and the sixth biggest driver of fatalities inContinue Reading