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Tuna use sharks as back scratchers despite risk of being eaten

Large fish prefer to scrape against sharks over members of their own species, possibly to pry off parasites Life 19…

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Mechanical neural network could enable smart aircraft wings that morph

A neural network forms the basis of many modern artificial intelligence set-ups, and now the concept has been applied to…

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The world is full of living gold, which is more valuable than riches

From the jewel scarab beetle to the golden mole, the natural world brims with treasure. We must agree, at a…

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The surprising evolutionary history of pumpkins and squashes

Shops are stocking up on pumpkins for Halloween. While I haven’t always been a fan of squashes, I’ve been charmed…

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Despite decades of hype, there is now real hope of progress in fusion

It may have a history of over-optimistic predictions, but research into generating power using a fusion reactor is finally making…

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Uganda introduces its first Ebola lockdown while it waits for vaccines

Officials in Uganda have introduced a 21-day lockdown in the Mubende and Kassanda districts in a bid to tackle the…

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JWST has taken a star-studded new image of the Pillars of Creation

The Pillars of Creation are huge towers of gas and dust where stars are born, and the James Webb Space…

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Gut bacteria may reduce harmful effects of nicotine on the liver

Smokers with a certain bacterium in their gut that breaks down nicotine have less severe liver disease, and tests in…

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Neanderthal family life revealed by ancient DNA from Siberian cave

DNA from 11 individuals who lived in Chagyrskaya cave around 51,000 years ago suggests women moved between groups and also…

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Proton’s stretchiness is a puzzle for particle physicists

The particles inside a proton move around when exposed to electric and magnetic fields, causing it to deform, but this…

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