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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 ...

Rare Pink Bottle-nose Dolphin in Louisiana

Bottle-nose dolphins are grey… Aren’t they? They are - except for Pinky, who just so happens to be pink. In 2007, a pink dolphin was spotted in the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which connects Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the Gulf Mexico. Six years later and the pink dolphin is still in Louisiana, has been named “Pinky” by the locals, and is thought to be the only pink bottle-nose dolphin in the world. Pinky has ...

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Water found on Mars

In the famous words of David Bowie: “Is there life on Mars?” Well… We don’t know yet, but there is water. On Thursday, the journal Science published five papers from Nasa: one about the discovery of water on Mars, three papers covering the soil analysis, and one study about a volcanic-like rock Nasa’s rover discovered. Curiosity, Nasa’s rover, hasn’t exactly found a great body of water, but it has found wat ...

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Sugar Gel Helps Premature Babies

Premature babies already have enough to put up with, but did you know that one in ten otherwise healthy early babies end up with problems caused by dangerously low blood sugar levels? We now have a solution - well, a gel - that can help a good majority of these cases. A dose of sugar in the form of dextrose gel, rubbed inside a baby’s cheek, is all it takes to up their blood sugars - and it’s cheap too! Dex ...

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25-year-old Sea Turtle Gets a New Lease of Life

In February, a sea turtle named Yu-chan was given a vest attached with fake flippers. For Yu-chan this means getting her livelihood back and being able to swim without pain or discomfort. Weighing in at an impressive 14 stone, or 90 kg, 25-year-old Yu-chan a Loggerhead turtle was rescued after being badly injured and tangled in a Japanese fisherman’s net. She was found to have bite marks all over her body, ...

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Could This Be the End of the Flu Jab?

Many people catch the flu, and then they get better - but did you know that seasonal flu kills between quarter and half a million people every year? And that’s not even including the pandemics that spring up on us. Scientists now think they have found the secret to creating a vaccine against every strain of flu, and have published their findings in the journal Nature Medicine. Our immune systems usually wor ...

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Brain Scan Advances for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s affects the lives of many, with families feeling they have lost their loved ones years before they physically leave us. But there is good news on the horizon! Scientists have now developed a way to detect the protein associated with Alzheimer’s - in a living brain. The main difficulty with treating Alzheimer’s is that the brain starts to die years before any symptoms show, and even when there ha ...

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Scientists Get Crucial Insights into Miscarriage

For years scientists have been trying to figure out why some women miscarry for no apparent reason. One out of seven women lose their babies during pregnancy, and one in 100 will plough through the traumatic experience three or more times in a row. Now scientists think they finally have the insight they need to put a stop to the heartache of multiple miscarriages. “[Miscarriage] causes incredible psychologi ...

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Stem Cells to Help with Burden on Transplant Waiting Lists

For the first time, scientists have made stem cells inside the bodies of living creatures, spawning hope for the regeneration of cells in people. A newly published study has shown that scientists have made the stem cells inside genetically modified bodies of mice - without having to insert the cells after they have been made and without causing harm to the mice. This is a breakthrough that could one day mea ...

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Down’s Syndrome Cure – New Research Shows Promise

There are 6 million people in the world with Down’s syndrome. 60,000 of those are in the UK, with 750 babies born each year with the condition. Now imagine the possibility of being able to cure those babies as soon as they are born - with only one injection. There isn't currently a cure for Down’s syndrome, however; researchers at John Hopkins University of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health pub ...

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Sea Otter Return Boosts Ailing Seagrass in California

A new study conducted by scientists from the University of California has revealed that the come back of sea otters to an estuary on the main Californian coast has turned out to be considerably beneficial for the ocean's seagrass. According to researchers, the seagrass was presumed to be drifting towards extinction on the West Coast, but its health has considerably improved once with the return of sea otter ...

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