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Chimps are not as superhumanly strong as we thought they were

We sacrificed strength for endurance after our split from other apes, but it turns out our muscles are only a third weaker than those of our ape cousins

SpaceX has launched and landed two used rockets in one weekend

On 23 and 25 June, SpaceX launched two Falcon 9 rockets using boosters that had already been to space, the second and third time SpaceX has flown used boosters

Research on male animals prevents women from getting best drugs

Male and female mice differ in many ways – a finding that suggests women could be missing out on the best medical treatments, as most are tested on male animals

Peruvian monkey avoids stomach trouble by adding mud to its diet

Rylands’ saki seems to go out of its way to eat the muddy walls of treetop termite mounds – perhaps to prevent toxic side effects from its seed-rich diet

Cyberattack on UK parliament exploited weak email passwords

A hack that locked MPs out of their parliamentary email accounts over the weekend could have been easily stopped by more following basic security practices

Would you give one of your kidneys to a stranger?

More and more people are donating their spare kidney to save the life of someone they’ve never met, a gesture that could end transplant waiting lists

Living with climate change: Convincing the sceptics

Global warming is real, and global warming is here. Whether old-school conservative or free-market radical, here's how to convince the doubters of the facts

Can heightened empathy be a bad thing?

The Boy Who Loved Too Much sheds new light on being human through the story of a boy with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition

Google’s multitasking neural net can juggle eight things at once

Deep-learning systems can struggle to handle more than one task, but a fresh approach by Google Brain could turn neural networks into jacks of all trades

Living with climate change: Turning the corner

In 2016 for the third year greenhouse gas emissions were almost static, while the world's economy grew – showing it is possible to go green and prosper

Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images

A crowdsourcing project is helping train a machine learning algorithm to identify possible sites of forced labour in South Asia from space

A bird flu pandemic looms but the US is holding back the fight

Just two mutations could turn H7N9 flu into a deadly airborne strain, but restrictions meant to protect us from a possible pandemic are making it harder to combat the next one

Bizarre new deep-sea creatures discovered off Australian coast

Faceless fish, giant sea spiders, and other strange species have been found 4-km-deep off the east coast of Australia

Strange ice lolly icicles seen floating in clouds above the UK

Tiny icicles shaped like lollipops can form and exist in clouds – and may even affect the weather

From industry to education

Scientists are making the transition to teaching after successful careers in other industries. But why?

Maths website stops you being ripped off by your flatmates

Who pays what in a flat-share is a tricky problem. Results from website Spliddit show the maths of fair division gives the solutions people think are best

Mindfulness and meditation dampen down inflammation genes

Mind-body practices like yoga relieve stress, but do they also make you healthier? An analysis of 18 trials suggest they might, through changes in gene activity

Spectrum wars: The battle for the airwaves

TV, mobiles, broadband, ID tags, tyre pressure sensors in your car: the radio spectrum may be our playground, but spectral noise is a nightmare for stargazers

The bandwidth black hole that will kill Elon Musk’s Mars dream

Without a new interplanetary internet to support the imminent boom in Martian probes, those with hopes of walking on the Red Planet will be stuck on Earth

Time to embrace our odd place in the cosmos, inside a huge void?

Evidence is growing that our neck of the universe is a whole lot of nothing. This alluring idea could settle a cosmological bun fight, says Geraint Lewis

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