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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 ...

43 Dinosaur Eggs Discovered in China

The Cretaceous period was a great time for the dinosaurs. 89 million years ago, the climate was hotter than it is now, and, unsurprisingly, dinosaurs dominated the planet. In what we now know as Asia, huge “duck-billed” dinosaurs were particularly common, as evidenced by a large collection of dinosaur eggs in China. This isn’t just any collection of eggs, though, this is the largest collection of dinosaur e ...

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Inbreeding Helps Gorillas Survive

Nearly everything we head about inbreeding leads us to believe that it is harmful to genetics. And we'd be right. It's when offspring are produced from the mating of individuals that are closely related, and can lead to genetic weaknesses and defects. But when a population shrinks to the brink of extinction, there isn't much choice in a mate, and so inbreeding occurs. One example of this is the mountain gor ...

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Bendy Battery, Speedy Charge!

A team of US scientists have built a prototype of what could become the first viable aluminium battery to hit the commercial market. But that's not all - this battery is cheap, safe, flexible, and only takes a minute to charge! Unlike conventional batteries that sit in a hard casing, the electrodes (cathode and anode) sit in a soft pouch, which is filled with a liquid salt solution. Also unlike conventional ...

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Spring is Here: Volunteers Help Horseshoe Crabs

The horseshoe crab is a marvel by today's standards. The creatures have been around hundreds of millions of years, making them living fossils and older than the dinosaurs. There are many features of the horseshoe crab that makes it extraordinary - their eyes, their blood, their ability survive all this time - and yet, they're in decline. So, what do we know about them and how can we help them? First things ...

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Perfume that Smells Better the More You Sweat!

There are lucky people out there who can spritz themselves with perfume first this in the morning, and the glorious scent is still hanging around at the end of the day. But for some people, the first hint of perspiration and the perfume is gone. For those people, they could finally be a sweet-smelling solution! A team of scientists in Northern Ireland have said they have developed a delivery system for perf ...

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Medieval Eye Infection Remedy Kills MRSA

Who would have thought that something as simple as an eye remedy could be the key to killing superbugs resistant to antibiotics, like MRSA? But that's what scientists have found after recreating a treatment for eye infections found in an Anglo-Saxon manuscript. The manuscript in question is called Bald's Leechbook; a leather-bound book detailing remedies for various ailments. It is usually kept in the Briti ...

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The Healing Power of Blood

Blood, the extraordinary fluid that runs through our veins. It nourishes us and sustains us. If our skin is broken, blood clots and protects the wound. It regenerates our bodies. It is our lifeforce. Despite all of this and decades of research, we still know so little about blood, and we're only just beginning to learn how to exploit its full potential. Our past and ancient mythology are filled with example ...

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Nations Make Climate Pledges to the UN

The US is the latest nation to make a pledge for tackling climate change, making a formal offer to the United Nations. Altogether there are to be 196 of what are being called Intended Nationally Distributed Contributions. The wealthiest nations were given the informal deadline of March 31 to make their pledges, though some have failed to submit in time. This early date was set to make sure the submissions w ...

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River-Powered Homes?

We're always happy to learn about potential new renewable energy sources! And that's just what a million homes across England could be benefiting from in the near future, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Technology known as water source heat pumps relies on something called a heat exchanger to warm water coming from the sea, rivers, and other bodies of water. It uses a system ...

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Native Flora Not Threatened by Introduced Species

When it comes to plant life in Britain, it is generally thought that species introduced from other countries - "non-native species" - pose a risk to the plants that originate here. But according to University of York study that has recently been published in PNAS, these plants aren't quite as invasive as we thought. Not only are plants that have been introduced to Britain less widespread than native species ...

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