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Was Lucy A Riveter? News On Tool Use

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New hand bone evidence on the tool-wielding of hominid ancestors. Apparently a cute little bone in your hand can tell a lot about you... Read More


Survival Of The (One With The) Largest

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After observing the sweet lovin' of flies, here's the gist: size matters. In the animal kingdom, genitals come in all sizes and shapes.... Read More


One Protein To Rule Them All?

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Inhibition of a very common protein could cure many diseases. Just like the One Ring was key to controlling the other rings of J. R. ... Read More


Our Silent Supporters: How Trees Serve Us

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How high tree species richness benefits human society. Most ecosystems, like tropical rainforests or oceans, provide suitable environment... Read More


Why Our Western Diet Is A Ticking Time Bomb

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The Western diet places our bodies and environment under untenable pressure. The type of diet chosen by people varies with culture, nut... Read More


Climate Change: What Rice Can Learn From Maize

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What makes plants tough enough to deal with a bad climate? Most of the staple crops like rice, wheat or barley are C3 plants. C4 plants... Read More


Why Large Animals Don’t Get More Cancer

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Their cells are bigger, which might be crucial. Cancer is one of the main curses of modern humanity. Every year, many people die due to... Read More


Is Intelligence Actually Beneficial To Survival?

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Research shows that more intelligent animals might not always be best suited for survival People can display many different types of in... Read More


Two New Dinosaur Discoveries: Pushing Back The Onset of Feathers

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Two recent finds require palaeontologists to reconsider when feathers first evolved in reptiles. Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus The fir... Read More


Stuck In The Middle: Migration Routes Of Hybrid Birds

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  New study finds that hybrid birds follow intermediate migration routes between the ones of their parents. A lot of birds migrat... Read More


Update From The Cosmic Realm

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Potentially habitable exoplanets found that we can visit within a single human lifetime. Two potentially habitable exoplanets are fo... Read More


The Smallest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Now Fully Published

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Kepler 186f may be the most Earth-like exoplanet discovered to date. The ‘Doppelganger’ I wrote about a month-and-a-half ago has recent... Read More


Scientists Scanning Wood: “The More Dimensions, The Better”

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An interview with Dr. Jan Van den Bulcke, about X-ray computed tomography on wood The Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on... Read More


Finally Solved: Why Zebra’s Have Black And White Stripes

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Researchers solve the mystery of the zebra coat hair. Zebra- striped accessories, zebra crossings, zebrawood: zebra coat is peculiar ... Read More


Dead Sea Secrets Could Save Lives

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Research reveals that fungus from the Dead Sea can address environmental challenges. Did you know that many of our products, medicin... Read More


The Dodo’s Journey to Japan

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The fate of rare things is to become a collector's item. The dodo (or Raphus cucullatus), a large flightless bird, is probably one of t... Read More


Brewing New Futures: The Concoction Of Urban Laboratories

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Urban laboratories as new places for knowledge production and direct application The idea of ‘urban laboratories’ might evoke thoughts ... Read More


Two Things People Know About the Earth That Are Wrong

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The earth is commonly thought to have properties that it just does not have The Earth’s mantle is solid With the exception of the Ea... Read More


A Brief History Of Lions

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New DNA study reveals lion history  and could guide conservation efforts. Many animal and plant species are suffering, their numbers dropp... Read More


Is Sugar Bad For You? Not For Plants And Trees, Study Shows

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A new study reveals the role of sugars as initial regulator of apical dominance Everyone loves to decorate their Christmas tree. Have you n... Read More


How You Understand What Your Pet Is Saying

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Mechanisms behind cross- species emotions recognition revealed. Once I was watching a cartoon where a cute little cat was in danger and... Read More


Could Neanderthals Speak?

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Recent research suggests Neanderthals had speech capacity. Once upon a time, we, Homo sapiens, weren't the only species of human roamin... Read More


Smart Elephants

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Elephants recognize voices of Maasai and Kambala men. Human-animal conflict is the common feature apparent in all global ecosystems. La... Read More


Suicide In Organisms Can Benefit Kin

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New study explains suicide by natural selection and 'survival of the fittest'. Single-celled organisms regularly kill themselves in r... Read More


Sing me a song: the link between bird song and classical music

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Researchers define the attractiveness of bird song to humans If you are currently living in Europe, then you know that spring is coming... Read More


How The Fruitfly Got Its Stink

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Male fruit flies dampen the libido of sexual rivals with smelly pheromone. The struggle to reproduce and leave behind a genetic legacy ... Read More


New Maps Explain The World Better

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Maps based on quantitative data. This map shows how the human population is spread over the world. Holland suddenly is quite a big country... Read More


Recipe For Asterix’s Drink Discovered

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Ancient cooking school: the Nordic grog. If you have ever seen „Asterix and the Vikings” I am sure you will remember Olaf Timandaha... Read More


Why These Tiny Monkeys Have So Many Twins

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Researchers find genes involved in body size and twin births Deep in the jungles of Central and South America, members of the primate g... Read More


Why We Never Find Dinosaur Poo: New Explanation

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Cockroach as maid? Yes, if you were a dinosaur. Imagine you finish high school and you decide to go to University and study Palaeontolo... Read More


Genetic Conflict And The Evolution Of Menopause

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Conflict between genes responsible for menopause symptoms. Menopause is rare in the animal kingdom. In fact, it's been confirmed only ... Read More


Animal Empathy: Chimp Feeds Tiger Cub

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How chimps can act as caretakers and murderers of their predator's cub This video and picture were made in 2011, but are currently reli... Read More


5 Images To Battle Climate Change?

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Images of local climate impacts and positive actions encourage more people to take action. Natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, annu... Read More


When And Where Did Dogs Become Man’s Best Friend?

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It may have happened in Europe over 19,000 years ago. Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and colours. From the Chihuahua to the St Bernard,... Read More


Humpback Whales Share Songs Over Lunch

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Whales learn new tunes at shared Antarctic feeding grounds. Male humpback whales are known for their complex breeding croons. Their elabo... Read More


New Step In Genetic Modification Of Plants

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Researchers discover role of cytokinin in agrobacterium-mediated plant modification. Among various methods to modify the genetic make-u... Read More