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Ancient human ancestor Lucy died after fall from tree, scans suggest

Tue, 2016-08-30 09:36
COLD CASE: One of the world's coldest cases may have finally been cracked - human ancestor 'Lucy' died after falling from a tree, according to detailed scans of her 3.18-million-year-old bones.
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Frogs use ultrasonic calls to find mates near noisy streams

Fri, 2016-08-26 09:38
LOVE IN A TORRENT: Some frogs have evolved ultrasonic mating calls so they can be heard above the background rumble of the fast-flowing streams they depend on, say researchers.
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Climate warming 'started about 180 years ago'

Thu, 2016-08-25 09:35
CLIMATE DATA: Human-induced global warming began as early as the 1830s just as the Industrial Revolution was gaining steam, a new study shows.
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Seals help show how Antarctica's melting ice shelves affect the deep ocean

Wed, 2016-08-24 10:38
SEAL SCIENCE: A group of elephant seals in Antarctica has helped show how freshwater from melting ice shelves affects a key part of the engine that drives the circulation of the world's oceans.
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Scientists develop small, reprogrammable quantum computer

Thu, 2016-08-04 10:58
QUANTUM MILESTONE: US researchers have unveiled the development of a small quantum computer that can be reprogrammed to complete three algorithms in a single step.
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Captain Cook delivered first chooks to New Zealand

Wed, 2016-08-03 10:06
COOK'S CHOOKS: The first domestic chickens in New Zealand were likely set loose there by Captain James Cook and his crew.
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French Polynesia's reef sharks rely on mass grouper spawning for food

Fri, 2016-07-29 10:28
TAKEAWAY MESSAGE: Up to 900 reef sharks survive in a small patch of one of the most untouched reef environments in the world thanks to an annual migration of groupers arriving at their door, researchers have found.
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Great Red 'Hot Spot' may explain the Jupiter's atmospheric mystery

Thu, 2016-07-28 09:33
JOVIAN HEAT: The howling turbulence of Jupiter's Great Red Spot may be superheating the upper atmosphere above the storm, researchers say.
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Did early campfires trigger the emergence of tuberculosis?

Tue, 2016-07-26 09:49
DISEASE TRIGGER?: Fire brought warmth and comfort to early humans but may also have triggered the emergence of deadly tuberculosis, Australian researchers suggest.
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Humans and wild birds talk to each other to find honey

Fri, 2016-07-22 09:46
TWO-WAY CONVERSATION: Not only do hunters in Mozambique recruit wild birds to help find honey, the birds actively recruit the hunters, reveals a new study of the remarkable relationship between humans and wild animals
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X may mark the spot at the centre of the Milky Way

Wed, 2016-07-20 16:25
THE X FACTOR: An enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies at the centre of the Milky Way, indicates a new study of infrared light coming from our home galaxy.
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Call for more research into antidepressants and obesity link

Wed, 2016-07-20 07:59
NEW THEORY: Mounting evidence suggests the link between popular antidepressants and obesity should be investigated more closely as the rates for both grow, Australian researchers say.
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New material made from mothball chemical sets quantum computing record

Tue, 2016-07-19 09:50
CARBON BALLS: An international team has created a new carbon-based material that enables quantum computers to work at room temperature longer than any other conducting material such as graphene.
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Global biodiversity drops below 'safe limit' across 58pc of Earth's surface

Fri, 2016-07-15 11:33
SPECIES LOSS: An analysis of global data suggests that biodiversity loss across more than half the world's surface is substantial enough to question the ability of many ecosystems to support human societies
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Kissing coral captured by new underwater microscope

Wed, 2016-07-13 09:31
CORAL SECRETS: Images of kissing corals and seafloor turf wars have been captured for the first time by scientists using a revolutionary new underwater microscope.
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Forests of the sea slashed by marine heatwave

Fri, 2016-07-08 08:44
WARMING OCEANS: Great swathes of the temperate kelp forests on Western Australia's reefs that underpin tourism and fisheries industries worth $10 billion annually are gone.
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Stone tools tell story of intrepid Polynesian mariners

Tue, 2016-07-05 10:28
ARCHAEOLOGY: Early Polynesian sailors criss-crossed the Pacific for hundreds of years, travelling as far as 2,500 kilometres, according to a new chemical analysis of centuries-old stone tools.
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Hole in the ozone layer is finally 'healing'

Fri, 2016-07-01 10:04
GOOD NEWS: The ozone hole over Antarctica is finally healing almost 30 years after the world banned the chemicals responsible for its creation, say researchers.
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Everything you want to know about Juno mission to Jupiter

Thu, 2016-06-30 13:04
NASA's Juno mission is almost at Jupiter. Here's why you should care.
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Scientists hail Zika vaccine success

Wed, 2016-06-29 11:17
ONE STEP CLOSER: Researchers say a safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus is a step closer after two successful trials on mice.
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