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Mammals Thrive in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Mammals Thrive in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Chernobyl disaster happened almost thirty years ago, a catastrophic event in the Ukraine that would become known as the worst nuclear accident in history. Around the site is an ...

New Speedy Movements Seen in Carnivorous Plant

New Speedy Movements Seen in Carnivorous Plant

Biologists from the University of Bristol have discovered that a particular species of carnivorous plant needs its own category after observing the plant using movements never befo ...

Discovery of Mammals that Survived Dinosaur Extinction

Discovery of Mammals that Survived Dinosaur Extinction

When we think of dinosaurs, we often conjure up images of these huge beasts, bigger than houses, strong and capable of withstanding anything - except for an extinction-causing aste ...

Eight Times More Trees Than Previously Estimated

Eight Times More Trees Than Previously Estimated

A new assessment from Yale University, published in Nature, has found that there could be almost eight times more trees in the world than previously estimated in 2008. Led by Dr Th ...

Fossil Shows Snakes Evolved From Having Four Legs!

Fossil Shows Snakes Evolved From Having Four Legs!

Did snakes evolve on land or from marine reptiles? This is a hotly debated topic, and one that might finally have a definitive answer. In the past, several fossils have been found ...

Are Music Preferences and Thinking Styles Linked?

Are Music Preferences and Thinking Styles Linked?

According to research published in PLoS One by a team at the University of Cambridge, a person's taste in music might offer insight into the way they think. The study was working o ...

All Wishes Come True for Boy Born Without Ears

All Wishes Come True for Boy Born Without Ears

It's not very common, but some babies are born with only one ear because of a condition called microtia, or bilateral microtia when it affects both ears. In the UK, microtia affect ...

Mammals Thrive in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Chernobyl disaster happened almost thirty years ago, a catastrophic event in the Ukraine that would become known as the worst nuclear accident in history. Around the site is an area known as the Exclusion Zone. It was initially set up soon after the accident as the designated distance for the evacuation of the more-than-100,000 people who lived there, but grew to cover 1,000 square miles (2,600km²). The ...

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New Speedy Movements Seen in Carnivorous Plant

Biologists from the University of Bristol have discovered that a particular species of carnivorous plant needs its own category after observing the plant using movements never before seen in the plant kingdom. Writing in PNAS, the study authors suggest the Nepenthes gracilis is able to launch ants - its food source - to their death by using the power of falling raindrops. Carnivorous plants attract and cons ...

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Discovery of Mammals that Survived Dinosaur Extinction

When we think of dinosaurs, we often conjure up images of these huge beasts, bigger than houses, strong and capable of withstanding anything - except for an extinction-causing asteroid smashing into the planet. Those dinosaurs didn't stand a chance, so it's hard to imagine that much else would have. But according to a paper published on Monday in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, there was an a ...

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Eight Times More Trees Than Previously Estimated

A new assessment from Yale University, published in Nature, has found that there could be almost eight times more trees in the world than previously estimated in 2008. Led by Dr Thomas Crowther, the team collected information about tree density from more than 400,000 forests around the world. Their data also included national forest inventories and studies in which the trees were physically counted. Collati ...

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Fossil Shows Snakes Evolved From Having Four Legs!

Did snakes evolve on land or from marine reptiles? This is a hotly debated topic, and one that might finally have a definitive answer. In the past, several fossils have been found of snakes with hind limbs - back legs - but scientists have now found an 113-million-year-old fossil that is the first four-legged snake they have ever seen. The creature is thought to be a direct ancestor of the modern snake. How ...

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Are Music Preferences and Thinking Styles Linked?

According to research published in PLoS One by a team at the University of Cambridge, a person's taste in music might offer insight into the way they think. The study was working on the empathising-systemising theory, which is based on the idea that there are two thinking styles, empathising and systemising. Many people hear the opening of a song and just know if they are going to love or hate it - they mak ...

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All Wishes Come True for Boy Born Without Ears

It's not very common, but some babies are born with only one ear because of a condition called microtia, or bilateral microtia when it affects both ears. In the UK, microtia affects around 100 children every year. Nine-year-old Kieran Sorkin from Hertfordshire in England was one of these children. He was born deaf and only had small lobes where his ears would have been if they had developed properly. Kieran ...

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Could Sleep Training Rid the World of Prejudice?

When we sleep, our brains process what we have learnt throughout the day. So, is it possible for us to relearn deeply-ingrained prejudices - no matter how big or small - while we are sleeping? According to a small study of 40 people, published in Science and carried out by Northwestern University in Chicago, it just might be! Bearing in mind how small the study was, the authors believe that any racial or se ...

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L’Oreal to Use 3D-Printed Skin for Testing?

Cosmetic company L'Oreal is teaming up with 3D-printing company Organovo to completely revolutionise how cosmetics are tested - with 3D-printed skin! Of course, we don't advocate animal testing, and L'Oreal claims not to have tested on any of its products on animals since 2013. So, how does it make sure its products are fit for use on people's skin? L'Oreal has been engineering tissue in a lab for more than ...

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Sri Lanka: First Nation to Protect Mangroves

Mangrove forests are one of the most at-risk habitats in the world, with more than half of it being either lost or destroyed over the last century. The trees are evergreens that can be found in tropical and subtropical regions, able to grow in saltwater and in conditions that other trees would struggle in. Although there are lots of benefits to be had from looking after the world's mangrove forests, there s ...

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