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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 ...

DNA Clues to Mammoth Extinction

Woolly mammoths were the last in line of the mammoth species, and although many people have heard about them (particularly thanks to the film Ice Age), no one knows what caused them to become extinct - though everyone has a theory. New research from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, published in the journal Nature, suggests that woolly mammoths and other great hairy beasts from the Ice Age may have d ...

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The Secret of the Flying Snakes

Although you might not have been aware, some snakes can fly. No, they do not have secret flaps with wings hidden away, and they look like ordinary snakes, so there are no limbs to be found. Up until now, it wasn’t quite known how the creatures managed it, what with being the wrong shape and everything. Now, the term ‘flying’ might be stretching the truth slightly, as these limbless, and only mildly venomous ...

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Cracking Nature Inspires Stronger Glass

Engineers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, turned to nature to give them ideas as to how to make glass stronger, that doesn’t just shatter when hit or dropped, and published their paper in the journal Nature Communications. Mollusc shells, fingernails, bones - these are all made up of tiny, brittle minerals pushed together to form a larger unit. The team studied these natural materials to find ou ...

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Memory-Making Filmed Inside a Brain

Scientists at the Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine have been able to film memories being made inside a mouse’s brain and have posted the video online. The complete research  has been described in two papers, both published in the journal Science, and explains how specific molecules in the brain can be fluorescently highlighted, or ‘tagged’. Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a group of Ribonucl ...

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Dudley the Duck Gets Bionic Leg

Dudley was just an ordinary duck, born on the 19 August 2013, that had been rescued and was being cared for by the K9-1-1 Animal and Rescue Services in British Columbia in Canada. Ducks and chickens normally have no problem being housed together, so Dudley and his brother were placed in an enclosure with chickens. One day, a fight broke out between the chickens and Dudley and his brother. It got nasty, resu ...

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Beat Diabetes and Heart Disease With Chocolate and Wine

Approximately 371 million people have diabetes worldwide, with around 90% of these cases being Type 2. In the UK alone, almost three million people are affected by Type 2, which is when the body suffers from insulin resistance - the body doesn’t perform properly because it doesn't make enough insulin, or the body doesn’t react the insulin that is produced. Now researchers from the University of East Anglia ...

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Exciting New Treatment Could See Relief for Migraine Sufferers

Migraines affect 15% of the British adult population, with a quarter of women and one in 12 men suffering. Some types of migraine can be prevented, or at least have some of the symptoms lessened, using various medications, or even acupuncture. However, sometimes these methods simply do not do the trick, and it seems the migraine is not going to budge. Many migraine sufferers find that nothing can rid their ...

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Mysterious Rock Appears in Front of Mars’ Rover

Although life on Mars has yet to be proven, even though Curiosity did find some pretty decent evidence that Mars once sported liquid water flowing on its surface, the Red Planet has managed to toss an interesting conundrum to Nasa scientists. An area of rocky land, which had been empty just a few days before, had a mysterious rock appear in it as if by magic and with no apparent explanation, leading NASA to ...

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First Evidence of Bat Migration From UK to Europe

The UK is home to around 18 species of bat, and makes up almost a quarter of all mammals, but there is still so much mystery surrounding these creatures of the night. Now, experts have indicated that they could have the first evidence that bats migrate across the North Sea, from the UK to Europe. A single bat’s journey from a lake in southwest England, to the Netherlands is causing excitement among conserva ...

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Pump Provides Relief for Liver Disease

Every year the NHS spends nearly £2 billion treating liver disease, with recent studies showing that around 50,000 people were admitted to hospital last year in England. Now a new device could potentially save the NHS millions, and help liver damage patients avoid a transplant. The device, a pump merely the size of two matchboxes, is being tested by eight patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London. So fa ...

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