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Naive Fish Make Easy Prey

Big fish that have grown up in marine reserves don't seem to know enough to avoid fishers armed with spear guns waiting outside the reserve....

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English Grads: Less Useless Than You Thought

'is there any research on how unemployable an English graduate is? As it happens, yes.' ...

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Mayan Prophesy Fail

'soil loss could eventually have undercut the Maya's ability to grow food'. Ancient Mayans may have foretold our civilisation's doom, but they failed to foresee their own....

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Crunching Genital Injury Stats

Women saw a five-fold increase in genital injuries between 2002 and 2008, and show no signs of slowing....

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Dream Trippin’

What you dream reveals what you are. ...

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A Brave New World of Sugar and Caffeine

Sugar mouthwash makes you more motivated, caffeine improves your cognitive function, and fermented-sugar ethanol will convert the schoolrun into an environmentally friendly activity, wafting the...

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Drunken Tweets Not Confined to Humans

'all the dead birds had become intoxicated on fermented berries, and that some of the injuries they had sustained were the result of mid-air collisions'. Drunken Birds....

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Sneaky Copulation for shy Macaques

'both males and females can harass copulating partners' Rude monkeys have to resort to 'sneaky copulation' to avoid being interrupted....

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Timbre! Another Sense Falls to the Machines

Timbre is a hard-to-quantify concept loosely defined as everything in music that isn't duration, loudness or pitch. Now machines can detect it....

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Mean Sweets: Children only generous when observed

The child's equivalent of chucking a rusty old washer into a collection box, children are apt to be more generous when they know their actions are being observed....

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Beyond Space and Time: New Physics

"Our result gives weight to the idea that quantum correlations somehow arise from outside spacetime, in the sense that no story in space and time can describe them,"...

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Gun restrictions save lives

n a dramatic denouement of the inpenetrable mysteries of the bleedin’ obvious, US researchers figure out that restricting ‘criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence, youths under age...

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Robots as Careworkers

Adults said they are willing to use a robot for reminders to take medicine, but they are more comfortable if a person helps them decide which medication to take. ...

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Size Doesn’t Matter (Shape Does)

'the sexual organs change most rapidly of all morphological features during evolution', the wonders of science bring us new research on the sexual organs of beetles. Hooray!...

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Gaga in Green: Scientists name fern genus after the singer

'At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes.' So they named the fern GAGA...

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Worst Sounds Top 10

"It appears there is something very primitive kicking in,", how we react to unpleasant sounds....

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Graphene iPad Possible

a 'Graphene Roadmap' which for the first time sets out what the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material can truly achieve...

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Foreign Invaders Cost Taxpayer £1.7bn

An acceptable price to pay?...

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Science

Newly-published research claims 'The way foods make our mouths feel has a great deal to do with what foods we choose to eat'. Still no cure for cancer....

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Asteroid Zapping 101

Blast it, Scotty! Academics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are set to investigate the removal of space debris and deflection of asteroids – leading the first research-based training...

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Flu Epidemics get the Stiff Upper Lip

Britons are less likely than other nations to react to flu epidemics with ‘social distancing behaviours such as avoiding hugging or kissing’. But then, those other nations probably...

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Ketamine Perks Up

Many chronically depressed and treatment-resistant patients experience immediate relief from symptoms after taking small amounts of the drug ketamine. ...

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Microbial Music, Biomechanical Bebop

Microbes make music. And it's not bad either....

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Nettle Cloth reveals Bronze-Age Trade Routes

Strontium analysis of ancient nettle fibres reveal bronze age trade routes ...

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Chocolate Makes Snails Smart

Training snails is easier when you feed them chocolate. 'Fetch!' (waits...)...

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Fish Rapist Hooks Up

A newly-discovered fish species in eastern Mexico overcomes female sexual resistance by evolving a four-hooked penis. Charming....

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Nazi Meteorite Statue Discovery!

Ernst Schafer and his expedition of SS members must have believed they'd hit the quasi-spiritual cosmic jackpot when they discovered the Iron Man statue to the god Vaisravana in 1938. Particularly...

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Live Long and Whimper: Castration increases Longevity

The chance of living beyond the age of 100 was up to 130 times greater for Korean eunuchs than it is for uncastrated men in developed countries...

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Jurassic Bark: Return of the Prehistoric Forest

Global climate change means that recently discovered ancient forests in Canada's extreme north could one day return. aleomagentic analysis involves looking at how the Earth's magnetic field has...

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Welfare Greed

A Danish researcher has compared two of the most different welfare systems in the western world. Despite the differences, the research shows surprising similarities in the way in which people in the...

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