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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 ...

Body Piercings Help Paralysed People Control Wheelchairs

Many people are against body piercing for whatever reason, but US scientists have been working on a way of using tongue studs to help paralysed people move their motorised wheelchairs, making a lot of anti-piercers bite their tongues. Researchers from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, the Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago, and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a magnetic tongue piercing and ...

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Childhood Music Lessons Gives Brain Boost

Children and their noisy toys: a new study suggests that the drum kit or piano lessons your child wanted may not be such a frivolous thing. According to scientists at Northwestern University in the US, children who are learning to play a musical instrument are giving their brain a boost that lasts long into adult life, preventing cognitive decline when they get older. The researchers conducted a study of 44 ...

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“Hybrid” Solar Eclipse for Africa, America and Europe

A solar eclipse occurred earlier this month, drawing millions of people to gaze at the sky. Partial and complete solar eclipses occur on average about twice a year, but this one was different. This one was a hybrid. The moon’s distance to Earth varies, so there are different kinds of solar eclipse, depending on how far away the moon is. During a total eclipse, the moon is closer to us, making it look bigger ...

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Biggest Ever Platypus Fossil Found in Australia

A creature of contradictions, the platypus looks like the strange combination of an otter, beaver, duck, and many more besides, has venomous spurs on its legs and is one of only five types of mammal to lay eggs, with the other four being species of echidnas, known as spiny anteaters. It was thought that the peculiar-looking animal only had a very basic evolutionary path, but now Australian scientists from U ...

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New Breast Cancer Test Identifies Seven Types of Cancer

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have developed a new test that identifies seven out of the ten known types of breast cancer. Funded by the charity Breast Cancer Campaign, the new check could lead to more accurate testing for women, and doctors will be able to modify treatment depending on the patient’s cancer type. The findings are published in the British Journal of Cancer. Last year, scientis ...

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Gold Deposits Found in Trees

Gold grows on trees! Well, although scientists have confirmed that gold has indeed been found in some plants, it is not the fruit of the plant but rather the poison. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) made the revolutionary discovery of traces of gold in the leaves and branched of eucalyptus trees, in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia. The researchers say that ...

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First UK Trial of Heart Failure Operation

Around 68,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed in the UK each year, and now an operation has just performed for the first time in the UK that can improve the function of failing hearts - while they are still beating. Heart failure doesn’t mean your heart is just going to stop, or you are imminently going to have a heart attack; it just means that your heart working as well as it is meant to. Usually ...

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Marmosets Engage in Polite Conversation

Marmosets are considered the most primitive of the monkeys because they lack even the ability to change their facial expressions, but marmosets may be more polite than humans when it comes to courteous conversation. Scientists conducted a study which involved recording pairs of marmosets calling to each other from opposite sides of a curtain. The results showed that each animal would wait for five seconds f ...

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Wales Launches Bone Marrow Donor Campaign

Have you ever thought about becoming a blood or bone marrow donor? A new campaign was launched in Wales this week with the aim of raising awareness for bone marrow donation. Bone marrow is the tissue inside our bones with the important purpose of producing blood cells: red blood cells that carry oxygen around our bodies, white blood cells that help to fight off infections, and platelets to clot our blood an ...

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Diamond Rain on Saturn and Jupiter

It’s raining diamonds! Scientists say the little shiny rocks of highly pressurised carbon, which are both highly rare and highly expensive, are falling out of the sky. But if you want to get your hands on them, it’s a hundreds-of-millions-of-miles-long trek. Sadly, the diamond rain is not falling on Earth, but on Jupiter and Saturn. Dr Kevin Baines from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Mona Delits ...

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