Did the universe’s creator hide a message in the cosmos?

Did the creator of the universe leave a hidden message in the cosmos for intelligent life? If so, scientists have yet to find it. A search for a message on “the most cosmic of all billboards, the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB),” has failed, a new study finds. The CMB is the oldest light in the […]

Coronaviruses mimic immune proteins and hide in plain sight

New study finds coronaviruses are masters of mimicry, reproducing their host’s immune proteins to remain invisible and help promote infection. Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (orange). Image credit: NIAID Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in nature, it also serves a practical […]

How malaria parasites hide from the human immune system

Malaria parasites survive tough times by not being too clingy. During Africa’s dry season, when mosquitoes are scarce, malaria parasites have a hard time spreading to new hosts. So the parasites hide out in the human body by keeping the cells they infect from clinging to blood vessels, researchers report October 26 in Nature Medicine. […]