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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 ...

Frankie the Cancer-Sniffing Dog

Dogs have been called "man's best friend" for the longest time, and they have even been know to save human lives. And it looks like they could save even more lives in the future, according to a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in the US. Frankie is a German Shepherd dog who had previously shown the team that he could be trained to sniff out thyroid cancer from ...

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Scientists Create TB-Resistant Cows in China

With badger-cull conflict having swept the UK for the past couple of years, doesn't it make you wonder how much easier everything would have been if Bovine TB weren't something to worry about? Well, thanks to scientists from the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University in China, that might very well be something we can look forward to in the near future. Researchers have managed to geneticall ...

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Making Beautiful ‘Biomusic’ Together: Pianos and Fungi

Take a moment and think about the beautiful music that could be made with a piano and... fungus. "What on Earth...?", you may be thinking. Well, Professor Eduardo Miranda from Plymouth University is also a arts festival director and musician, and he's been inspired by slime mould. The professor's latest work uses cultures of the fungus Physarum polycephalum, which has been turned into the core component for ...

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Can’t Find Love Online? Try These Scientifically Proven Tips!

Some people can spend weeks, even months, on dating sites, trying to find their one true love. But somehow, they get passed by. Why? According to research published in the BMJ: Evidence Based Medicine, there are little ways you can enhance your profile and self-image across to potential partners - all while just being yourself. (Which, let's be honest, is what we should be doing anyway... ) The study was le ...

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US Scientists Urge to Seek Contact with Alien Life

Scientists at the SETI Institute have said at a conference in the US that it is time for us to start actively seeking contact with alien life. The SETI, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has been in operation for more than 30 years, use radio telescopes to listen for signals from outer space. So far, there hasn't been anything, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything there, according to the inst ...

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Breath Test to Detect Lung Cancer

Less than two months after the death of his wife of colon cancer, Dr Billy Boyle and his company have invented a breath test that can detect lung cancer. Former advisor to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as CEO of the charity Africa Governance Initiative, Kate Gross was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2012. She passed away on Christmas Day last year, but not before inspiring her scientist husban ...

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Learning to Love Yourself

Can you remember the last time you treated yourself and actually felt like you deserved it? Or - no matter how silly it sounds - when the last time said, "I love you" to yourself? You might think it sounds a little silly, but according a website called Happify, we can make ourselves happier. And we would be a lot better off if we started treating ourselves with the same amount of love and respect that we gi ...

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MPs Vote in Favour of Three-Person IVF

Back in July, we told you about the UK's progression towards three-person IVF. The procedure in question involves creating a baby using DNA from three people, a man and two women. The buzz surrounding this contentious topic isn't something to be taken lightly, but the technique also isn't a way of paving the road for so-called "designer babies". The procedure would only be available to families with a histo ...

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The DIF: A New Microscopic Imaging Centre

After millions of pounds invested in imaging technology and two long years of work, Dundee University in Scotland has finally opened its new microscopic imaging centre, the Dundee Imaging Facility (DIF). The DIF comprises of various forms of imaging technology, including super-resolution and non-optical imaging, image analysis, sample preparation and histology, to name but a few. The facility, which opened ...

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Reading the Vesuvius Scrolls

Imagine, within your grasp, a scroll from the first-century AD, holding the secrets of the long-gone past. Unfortunately, this rolled-scroll was buried by Mount Vesuvius, the same volcano that obliterated Pompeii, and is nothing but a charred and burnt relic that could crumble if the wind blew the wrong way. The scroll is not the only one of its kind, either. It belongs to a remarkable library in Herculaneu ...

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