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Nice legs: Native American bee poses for his close-up

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:00
A photographer has set himself an epic project to capture all North America's bee species, including this fuzzy-legged specimen that bared its mandibles for the camera







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Space geckos seen playing on their trip into orbit

Tue, 2015-04-21 10:15
Reptiles rarely play on land, but now a group of "geckonauts" has been caught on camera playing with a floating collar







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Morality is rooted in the way societies get their energy

Mon, 2015-04-20 20:00
Why do different groups of people have vastly different views of right and wrong? Archaeologist Ian Morris thinks he's found what's really fuelling our values (full text available to subscribers)







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19th-century champagne haul shows seabed is perfect wine cooler

Mon, 2015-04-20 20:00
Chemical analysis of champagne from a shipwreck reveals the wine "kept its intrinsic characteristics", despite 200 years at the bottom of the Baltic Sea







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Hair analysis on trial after FBI admits to using flawed evidence

Mon, 2015-04-20 19:00
The FBI has admitted that flawed evidence was accepted in nearly all of the trials that took place over the 1980s and 90s. Is hair analysis still any use at all?







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Miniature sea snails found in acidic sea near volcanic seeps

Mon, 2015-04-20 18:15
The snails have shrunk to adapt to acidic seas, an effect expected in marine species with shells as oceans keep acidifying







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Vampire feeds on decaying matter and spawns eggs in batches

Mon, 2015-04-20 18:04
Unlike other squid or octopuses, the deep-sea vampire squid ekes out its reproductive efforts across its slow, long life







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Mini 3D printed organs mimic beating heart and liver

Mon, 2015-04-20 17:25
Watch a collection of tiny beating hearts and a heart fused to a liver, made using techniques that could one day help build a human on a chip







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Virus hiding in our genome protects early human embryos

Mon, 2015-04-20 17:13
A viral stowaway in our DNA rebuffs other viruses and activates genes when embryos are days old, supporting the idea that viruses are our silent controllers







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Carbon dioxide could be turned into a huge underground battery

Mon, 2015-04-20 16:23
Storing excess energy with carbon dioxide compressed underground could help even out our energy flow and clean up the atmosphere







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In the beginning: How Earth got its continents

Sun, 2015-04-19 20:00
Dry land was essential for life like us to evolve – but how did Earth evolve dry land? A unique mountain landscape in northern Pakistan holds the clues (full text available to subscribers)







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The Triumph of Seeds: Our huge debt to tiny marvels

Sun, 2015-04-19 12:00
Human culture might have been very different if it wasn't for the extraordinary survival strategies of seeds, finds a book by Thor Hansen







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Africa's parks must be off limits for oil and gas

Sat, 2015-04-18 16:30
There are better ways to help Africa prosper than ripping up protected park borders in the hunt for oil and gas, says Curtis Abraham







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Does music strike a chord with everyone?

Sat, 2015-04-18 12:00
Stephen McAdams played movie tunes to Mbenzélé pygmies in the Congo rainforest to find out whether music is a universal language







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Culture clash: When scientists must tread with care

Fri, 2015-04-17 21:00
Science loses when traditional beliefs obstruct its way – but might lose more if it steamrollers over believers' objections, too







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Proto quantum computer inspired by Victorians gets a speed boost

Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
A new approach has sped up a quantum device that exploits collisions between particles, signalling that the method may have yet more mileage in it







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Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for?

Fri, 2015-04-17 19:00
The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter?







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After the spill: Mystery of the vanishing Gulf of Mexico turtles

Fri, 2015-04-17 18:32
Five years on from the worst oil spill in US history, turtle populations are struggling, dolphins are in ill health and whales have lost habitat







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Wild chimps look both ways before crossing roads

Fri, 2015-04-17 18:00
A busy highway in Uganda is a potential death trap, but chimps have learned to look before running across, and they even wait for those less able to cross







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Biocode mixes art and academia to explore pigeonholing

Fri, 2015-04-17 17:11
A conference on the fallibility of humans' propensity to categorise proves to be a pleasurable romp through unmapped territories







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