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Deep inside our genome are bits of DNA we share only with animals such as dogs and cattle. Our self-domestication may have been a pivotal... [Read More]
If a sea urchin can't find a suitable pit to live in, it makes one – even if it has to spend months gnawing away... [Read More]
We can't wait for the next generation to solve the problem of climate change but today's kids can still be a big force for change,... [Read More]
The headline was that an ancient Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin, but the genetics of skin colour are so complex that we... [Read More]
Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis... [Read More]
The number of wolves in France will be allowed to increase by 40 per cent, as wilderness continues its return to Europe... [Read More]
We can now precisely tweak molecular structures just by squeezing them - a technique that could let us efficiently build custom drug compounds on the... [Read More]
Crushed basalt applied to agricultural land could soak up billions of tons of carbon dioxide and boost crops. Let's put it to the test, says... [Read More]
Layers of ooze in the seabed may be responsible for submarine "megaslides" that dwarf ordinary landslides and can cause tsunamis... [Read More]
Psilocybin, a compound in magic mushrooms, may help treat depression in some people. Now speech analysis can indicate who would benefit the most... [Read More]
More people are getting their genome sequenced than ever before, so start-ups are offering to help people make money from their genomic data... [Read More]
A warm fabric made of freeze-dried liquid silk mimics polar bear fur, making rabbits invisible to infrared cameras. It could do the same for humans... [Read More]
Many rocks are covered with circular hollows that look like honeycomb, and now we may finally understand how these strange formations come into existence... [Read More]
In science fiction, antimatter is a vast power source, or the key ingredient in enormous bombs – but could this really happen? [Read More]
New Zealand has declared a state of emergency as Cyclone Gita struck the city of Christchurch, just days after causing devastation on the island nation... [Read More]
The FBI has revealed the lengths Russia's fake news operators will go to – now the likes of Facebook and Twitter must come up with... [Read More]
The fact we are running out of something so seemingly limitless as sand is a potent symbol of humanity's destructiveness. We must all strive to... [Read More]
The longest-running experiment in the world has for the first time glimpsed a drop of viscous pitch fall – although the event comes too late... [Read More]
It's the climax of a sophisticated technique called bubble-net hunting – the trapping of krill using columns of bubbles that the whales exhale via their... [Read More]
Humans are still evolving and producing new gene variants, and one of them may give protection against becoming addicted to alcohol - by stopping us... [Read More]