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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 ...

Narwhals’ Tusks Found to be Super Sensitive

Narwhals are one of the rarest whales in the world, roaming the waters of the Arctic. The narwhal is often thought of as the “unicorn of the ocean” because of the long tusk that protrudes from its face. But since the 15th century, scientists have not been able to work out what the precise purpose of the tusk is. New research from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Dr Martin Nweeia and his team of inter ...

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Lydia: The First Great White to Cross the Atlantic

Lydia is a great white shark who has become the first of her kind to be documented to cross the Atlantic Ocean - from either direction. Lydia was fitted with a satellite tagging system off the coast of Florida last Winter as part of the Ocearch project, whose aim is to collect information about sharks’ biology, health and movements, and almost 150 sharks have been tagged for the project, so far. Thanks to h ...

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Artificial Spider Silk? About Time!

Spider silk is considered one of the strongest materials in nature - around five times stronger than steel and three times that of Kevlar. It’s also incredibly light in weight, with excellent heat conducting properties. Ultimately, spider silk could be used in clothing, electronics, bullet-proof clothing, computers, and many, many, many other areas. Basically, aside from the spiders, spider silk is awesome. ...

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New Magnetic Material That Could Help World Energy

A new magnetic material has been discovered which could revolutionise our energy storage devices and computer hard drives to make them more energy efficient. The material, known as a metal bilayer, can dramatically change how magnetic it is when there is a small shift in temperature. The biolayer is a two-molecule thick film that is a combination of nickel and vanadium oxide, the latter of which is a metal ...

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Potential HIV Treatment Using Gene Therapy

Immune system upgrades sound very much like something from a science fiction movie, but that is exactly what doctors have done for some HIV patients in Pennsylvania, in the US. Using gene therapy, scientists have managed to upgrade each of these patients’ immune systems by modifying genes in their blood cells, effectively providing them with a shield from the virus. Not to dishearten the reader, but this is ...

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The Oldest Fragment of Earth

Back in 2001, some tiny crystals were found in some sandstone in the Jack Hills, in Western Australia. These crystals were thought to be very old - ancient even - but it was worried that they were so old the dating method they would use wouldn’t be accurate. To find out how old the crystal is, or zircon as it is otherwise known, the scientists studied the uranium and lead atoms inside it. When uranium decay ...

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Chemical Lights Up Blind Eyes

A chemical has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley that can restore a blind eye’s ability to sense light, and have published their results in the journal Neuron. The eye is made up of three different layers, each with different responsibilities. One particular layer is made up of cells in the shape of rods and cones, whose job it is to react to light. Unfortunately, these ...

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Butterfly Abundance After Great Summer

Take a moment to forget the abysmal winter for a moment, and imagine yourself back to last summer, one of the hottest and sunniest summers in the UK since records began. Humans are not the only creature to look forward to a lovely summer, and last year’s sunshine proved great for the butterfly, as well. Every year since 2009, the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) has been conducted by the Butterfly ...

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Fossil Provides Evolutionary Link to Head-First Childbirth

Paleontologists in China have found a rare fossil that is the missing jigsaw piece in knowing how marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young, and have published their findings in the journal PLoS One. The fossil shows the skeleton of a Chaohusaurus that looks to have died during labour, with three babies with her. The discovery, found in the province of Anhui in China, suggests that reptilian live ...

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Scientists Discover Intelligence Link to Grey Matter

Scientists have long been trying to see if there is a genetic link to intelligence, to find out if there is a specific explanation as to why some people are smarter than others. Above all, if they could find the link it could lead to some solutions to the unanswered questions about learning difficulties and mental health conditions. A team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College Lond ...

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