Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

  • Not all planets orbit stars - some drift freely through the cosmos on their own. These cold, dark worlds don’t make great candidates for hosting life, but a new study suggests that their moons could be more habitable than they might seem.
  • Killing cancer cells isn’t too hard – the tricky part is doing so without harming healthy cells. Now researchers have developed nanoparticles that selectively release drugs inside tumors, while keeping them safely locked away when in healthy cells.
  • One argued silver lining of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels is that plants will be better off. But a new study has found that the more extreme heat and drought brought on by climate change would cancel out most of the benefits for trees.
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common and most devastating muscular diseases. Now researchers have managed to use the CRISPR gene-editing tool to correct the condition in pigs, bringing the treatment ever closer to human trials.
  • Chameleons are well-known for their ability to change colors, but scientists have just discovered a new visual trick in the creature’s repertoire. Under UV light many types of chameleons have been found to fluoresce in vibrant patterns, which they may use to communicate with others of their species.
  • Many lizards are capable of breaking off and regrowing their tail, in order to escape predators. The newly-described Geckolepis megalepis gecko, however, possesses a rather interesting trait. When a predator tries to eat it, that creature often just ends up with a mouthful of tear-away scales.​