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Sea urchins can drill holes in solid rock with just their teeth

If a sea urchin can't find a suitable pit to live in, it makes one – even if it has to spend months gnawing away at hard granite

We do not know for sure how dark or light Cheddar Man’s skin was

The headline was that an ancient Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin, but the genetics of skin colour are so complex that we can’t be sure

France wants to have 500 wolves roaming its countryside

The number of wolves in France will be allowed to increase by 40 per cent, as wilderness continues its return to Europe

We can now squeeze a molecule and turn it into one that we want

We can now precisely tweak molecular structures just by squeezing them - a technique that could let us efficiently build custom drug compounds on the cheap

Rock dusting on farms could cool the climate, so let’s try it

Crushed basalt applied to agricultural land could soak up billions of tons of carbon dioxide and boost crops. Let's put it to the test, says Olive Heffernan

How clever biochemistry is tackling HIV

Just 30 years ago, an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. Today, thanks to a scientific partnership of epic proportions, it is manageable with a single daily pill

Valentine’s Day seems to cause a mini baby-boom 9 months later

National Health Service data reveals that around Valentine’s Day there is a 5 per cent rise in the number of babies conceived in England

China’s reckless attitude to space debris needs to change

Recent near misses show China's pursuit of space prowess seems to trump debris risks. The re-entry of its space station is another looming drama, says Paul Marks

Australia’s deadly 1800s storms help us predict future extremes

Meteorologists cannot currently predict the monster storms that occasionally strike Australia, but decades of newspaper accounts suggest there may be a pattern

The doctor who exposed the UK’s terrible experiments on patients

In the 1960s, British medics took sometimes fatal liberties with unsuspecting patients in the name of science. Maurice Pappworth wasn't having any of it

Smart contact lens monitors sweetness of diabetics’ tears

The contact lens measures glucose levels in tears and alerts the wearer to dangerous levels using a tiny light that looks like a speck of glitter

First monkeys, and then us? Human cloning must stay off limits

The ability to clone monkeys will rekindle speculation about doing the same with humans. There are many reasons to oppose it, says Marcy Darnovsky

YouTube’s bots aren’t protecting kids from all its nasty videos

YouTube has become the top source of videos for kids of all ages, but without transparency on its algorithms, it is hard for parents to trust

3D ‘holograms’ made with lasers by moving one particle at a time

By moving a single particle with an invisible laser beam, we can create three-dimensional images like the holograms in sci-fi movies that float in thin air

Our best way to geoengineer the climate may well trash Earth

A key plan to reduce global warming is to grow crops for fuel then capture and bury the carbon released when it's burned. This risks ecocide, says Olive Heffernan

Huge volcano eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuation

More than 50,000 villagers were forced to flee their homes after the most active volcano in the Phillipines, Mount Mayon, spewed lava and ash plumes

Some people identify smells as easily as if they were colours

Most people are much better at identifying colours than smells, but one group of hunter-gatherers from the Malay Peninsula shows the opposite pattern

Stars that devour their plants get brighter and faster

When the sun expands and engulfs Earth, our planet's ashes will brighten the sun and spin it faster. We might be able to watch this happen across the universe

The higher your testosterone levels, the more you love soft rock

A study suggests that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to prefer genres like heavy metal and soft rock to classical music or jazz

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