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Letters From the World of Turtle Evolution

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Population Genetic Structure and Genetic Diversity in Twisted-Jaw Fish, Belodontichthys truncatus Kottelat & Ng, 1999 (Siluriformes: Siluridae), from Mekong Basin

The Mekong River and its tributaries possess the second highest diversity in fish species in the world. However, the fish biodiversity in this river is threatened by several human activities, such as hydropower plant construction. Understanding the genetic diversity and genetic structure of the species is important for natural resource management. Show More Summary

Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death

People who choose alternative cancer medicines tend to be wealthier and have higher levels of education, but are more than twice as likely to die in five years

The Lonely Life of the Cave Collembolan

For a few weeks last year, I had the job of sorting and identifying a collection of Collembola, springtails. Prior to doing this work, I had only the vaguest of understandings of springtail diversity: I knew that there were the round blobby ones, the long thin ones, and the ones that look a bit like sausages, but that was about as far as it went. Show More Summary

Define 'Trichostomum'

The moss in the above photo Icopyright Hermann Schachner) generally goes by the name of Trichostomum crispulum. Trichostomum is a cosmopolitan genus in the Pottiaceae, the largest recognised family of mosses with about 1500 species overall. Show More Summary

Mountain Beaver, Boomer, Sewellel

You know the mountain beaver, you’ve just never had the time to talk about it. Now is the time -- Read more on

Largest ever wildfire in Greenland seen burning from space

The blaze is the biggest ever detected by satellites  - and a recent increase in fires in the region could well be a result of the rapid warming in the Arctic

Cryptophytes: Four Genomes for the Price of One

Sometimes, the little things really do make a difference. Cryptophytes (or cryptomonads) are one of the many groups of minute flagellate protists to be found around the world whose role in our lives tends to get dismissed because of their microscopic size. Show More Summary

We may finally be able to slow Parkinson’s, with a diabetes drug

A drug for type 2 diabetes seems to also work on the causes of Parkinson’s, not just the symptoms, suggesting the two conditions work in a similar way

Space cucumbers may help plants grow better water-seeking roots

Away from Earth’s gravity, cucumber roots head towards water. Mimicking that moisture-seeking behaviour on our planet could help plants adapt to drought

CRISPR skin grafts could replace insulin injections for diabetes

Skin grafts of gene-edited cells have boosted insulin levels in mice, and protected them from gaining weight and developing diabetes under a high-fat diet

Big, armoured dinosaur still had camouflage to evade predators

The world’s most impressively preserved dinosaur fossil reveals that the 5.5-metre-long Borealopelta had camouflage despite its heavy armour

One day without notifications changes behaviour for two years

Turning off phone notifications for 24 hours amped anxiety, but raised productivity. Two years on, the experience is still helping people call the shots

Hidden cancers detected by combining genetic tests with MRI

If genetic screening says you’re predisposed to cancer, what can you do about it? Whole-body scans could be a way to find tumours before they turn deadly

Cancer runs in my family, but now we can pick it up in time

When Natalie Coutts found out she was genetically predisposed to cancer, she was devastated. But regular screens for early tumours now let her feel in control

NASA’s planetary protection officer will defend Mars, not Earth

A NASA job advert has made for excited headlines, but the agency isn’t hiring someone to protect us from aliens – it wants someone to protect alien microbes from us

On the trail of dragons with blood that can save people’s lives

The gigantic Komodo dragons of Indonesia have been known to kill people – but their blood is rich with peptides that may destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria

North Korea isn’t bluffing, the nuclear threat to the US is real

Kim Jong-un’s unusual celebrations following a missile test this year herald the nation’s confidence in its ability to threaten US cities, says Jeffrey Lewis

Hacking a US electronic voting booth takes less than 90 minutes

At security conference DEF CON hackers proved it is possible to manipulate votes on the same voting machines used in US elections in the time it takes to watch a movie

Prehistoric creatures dazzle in recreated art nouveau murals

Ichthyosaurs soaring over the waves like dolphins may not be scientifically accurate, but these painstakingly repaired murals from Berlin Aquarium are history in their own right

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