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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 ...

Remote-Controlled Birth Control: The Future of Contraception?

Contraception: a necessity in most people’s lives at one point or another. But often, finding the right birth control for you can be a tricky and arduous task, and if you decide that you want to try for a baby, many of the contraceptives currently on offer require you to make an appointment with your doctor to have it removed, or you have to wait for the effects to wear off. At the moment, the longest-lasti ...

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Same Genes Affect Maths and Reading Abilities

New research from University College London, King’s College London and Oxford University - and published in Nature Communications - suggests that the same genes drive both maths and reading ability. Previous research has found that a child’s exam performance is impacted by both nature and nurture, with one study finding that genes could account for around 60% of the fluctuation in exam results at GCSE level ...

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Fossils Found 30 Years Ago Identified as Largest Ever Flying Bird

Back in 1983, US construction workers were digging the foundations for a new terminal for Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, when they discovered some fossilised remains. After 31 years, scientists have finally been able to identify these fossils as belonging to a new species of extinct bird - the largest flying bird ever to have been found. The findings are published in PNAS. The previous ...

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Translating the Chimpanzee Dictionary

Have you ever looked at your dog’s wagging tail and wondered what it was so happy about? Or listened to the plaintive “meow” of your cat and desperately tried to work out what it wanted? We might be one step closer to finding out… For almost thirty years, researchers have known that chimpanzees communicate with each other using gestures, but no one has really gone about translating them so we would know wha ...

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Microchip Enables Paralysed Man to Move Hand for First Time in Years

A microchip implanted in a quadriplegic man’s brain has enabled him to move his hand for the first time in four years. At the age of 19, Ian Burkhart from Ohio in the US was an outgoing and sporty student before a diving accident left him paralysed from the chest down and unable to move his arms or legs. Four years on, Ian, now 23, has become the first person in the world to try Neurobridge, a new kind of t ...

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Rare Butterfly Species Reintroduced, Another Helped Out by Cattle

In February, we told you how last year’s great summer led to butterfly populations flourishing across the country. Now there has been news of a couple of projects to help boost the numbers of two failing species in Northern England. Large Heath Butterfly populations were once widespread, inhabiting bog habitats in the northwest of the county. The last recorded sighting in Lancashire’s Heysham Moss, a peat b ...

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X-ray Signal from a Distant Galaxy – A Sign of Dark Matter?

Dark matter is a form of matter that does not emit or absorb light (meaning it is invisible), and exerts gravitational force but does not collide with atomic particles. While dark matter is thought to make up about 85% of our Universe, it is basically hypothetical - it is so hard to prove the existence of it that there isn’t any actual certainly that it does, in fact, exist. But now a mysterious X-ray signa ...

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US Action Plan to Save Honeybees

Pollination is needed to fertilise plants and produce seeds, and more than a quarter of our food comes from plants that have been pollinated - nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. All of this is done with the help of pollinators, such as bees, some butterflies, and even certain kinds of bat. Unfortunately, one of the most important pollinators, the honeybee, has been in severe decline for a long time now, wi ...

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A Father and Son’s Mission to Space

A father and son team from Inverness in Scotland have managed to successfully carry out their own space mission. Barry Fraser, 38, and his 12-year-old eldest son Cameron wanted to see if they could create something that could be sent into orbit and record a video of what was up there. They decided on an aircraft that, once it had reached the desired height, would be able to come back down to Earth so they w ...

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Blind Mole Rat Genome Gives Cancer-Resistance Insight

Last year, a study was published revealing that the naked mole rat is resistant to cancer, but it is not the only creature dwelling underground that is. It has been found that the blind mole rat - a distant cousin of the naked mole rat and actually more closely related to the common house mouse or chinese hamster - remains cancer free as well. An international team of scientists has now managed to sequence ...

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