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Health campaigners have called on the government to prevent sweets and crisps being placed at supermarket checkouts after research suggested that a ban could cut sales sharply.A Cambridge University study found that purchases of unhealthy treats to eat on the way home dropped by 76 per cent when... [Read More]
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For decades, Hollywood sirens such as Scarlett Johansson and Lauren Bacall have delivered their lines with husky voices. Now scientists might have worked out why: it's their secret weapon to compete for men. Research suggests that when a woman finds herself competing for a male wanted by other wome... [Read More]
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Dolphins are said to be able to recognise themselves in a mirror, a feat that hints at self-awareness and is beyond most animals. Their curiosity and brains have made us very fond of them, possibly because we would like to think that they reflect our own qualities.Researchers have uncovered another... [Read More]
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Some 130 million years ago a solitary ankylosaurus, a vegetarian brute with a fearsome club-like tail, sauntered across a muddy bank in what is now East Sussex.Herds of iguanodon also tramped by the river, and sauropods, which might have towered 30ft tall, stood keeping watch for packs o... [Read More]
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The penguins of Antarctica had lived in splendid isolation for millennia, far from the reach of people.Now research suggests that a rise in tourism to one of the least hospitable environments in the world may have led to the birds picking up bugs from humans.An analysis of droppings found that bact... [Read More]
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The occasional blazing row may help married couples to live longer, provided both sides give as good as they get, researchers have said.The key, according to a report by psychologists from the University of Arizona, lies in both husband and wife dealing with marital conflict in the same way. The ri... [Read More]
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Milder winters may mean that blackcurrants no longer thrive in Britain, scientists say.Lower yields of the fruit, which has been cultivated in the UK since at least the early 17th century, may force brands such as Ribena to turn to growing them elsewhere, according to researchers.Blackcurrants are o... [Read More]
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For more than four centuries, the common crane was absent from these shores.The tallest bird in Britain is making a comeback, having enjoyed its most successful year of breeding since the 17th century. A record 54 pairs of adults, which can grow to 4ft tall, produced 25 chicks. The British populatio... [Read More]
Forget the allure of a refreshing G&T at the 19th hole: golf is under orders to transform itself into an athletic, accessible sport fit for the 21st century. A study has recommended that a decline in its popularity can be reversed only by promoting new versions of the 500-year-old game that are qui... [Read More]
Scientists have identified the oldest known animal fossil thanks to a residue of ancient cholesterol.The classification of the mysterious Dickinsonia had long been one of the trickiest riddles in palaeontology. The oval-shaped organism, which grew to about 1.4m in length, had been described as resem... [Read More]
Monkeys that were taught to gamble have helped scientists to pinpoint an area of the brain that appears to be key to the willingness to take risks. The team said that the study could support the development of treatments for destructive risk-taking in humans, whose brain structure is similar to... [Read More]
Scientists have shed new light on the evolutionary origins of our sociability by giving a few grumpy octopuses the rave drug Ecstasy.Octopuses are known for their aggressiveness towards other members of their species. However, when researchers gave several of them the mood-altering drug MDMA, also k... [Read More]
Scientists have discovered a link between dysfunctional "zombie cells" in the brain and the accumulation of a damaging protein tied to dementia, potentially opening the way for new therapies to treat conditions including Alzheimer's. Senescent cells, which have lost their capacity to divide, are k... [Read More]
A British satellite has used a net to capture a simulated piece of space junk.The test mission, the first of its kind, was carried out nearly 200 miles from Earth by a team from the University of Surrey and could be a step towards removing the most threatening pieces of debris hurtling through space... [Read More]
They are best known for ruining picnics, but research suggests that wasps have been unjustly neglected by science and deserve a similar place in our affections as the beloved bee.A study suggests that a lack of information on the role wasps play in the ecosystem and economy has contributed to them b... [Read More]
For those prone to disgracing themselves in front of strangers, there is good news: poor first impressions are quickly forgotten. Humans are predisposed to forgive those who behave cruelly or selfishly and resist categorising them as irredeemably wicked, research suggests. A study found that when... [Read More]
Pollution from plastics is being embedded in the environment to such an extent that it will be visible in fossil records millions of years from now, a leading geologist has said.Dan Parsons, professor of sedimentology at the University of Hull, said that the fossilised remains of plastic debris wou... [Read More]
Archaeologists have identified what they say is the earliest known drawing. Found in the Blombos Cave archaeological site in South Africa, it pushes back the first known use of a pencil or crayon-type device by some 30,000 years to about 70,000 years ago. It adds to evidence that early population... [Read More]
A decision by the European Union to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will greatly increase the continent's greenhouse gas emissions and is likely to harm the world's forests, a study has warned. EU officials revised the bloc's energy policy in June in an effort to double Europe's use of... [Read More]
Three daily portions of full-fat dairy products may help to maintain a healthy heart, according to a global study that goes against conventional dietary guidelines. People who ate three portions of full-fat milk, butter, cheese or yoghurt were a quarter less likely to succumb to an early death, com... [Read More]
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