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What makes you a psychopath or an extreme altruist?

Psychopathy and altruism seem to be poles apart, but in her book The Fear Factor Abigail Marsh suggests how one can explain the other

Put your best foot forward to help animal conservation

Animal footprints can help in the fight to save endangered species. Wild Track would like your help to collect images and develop its footprint identification technique

The forces that govern matter and light could be united at last

A new grand unified theory seems to unite electromagnetism and the weak and strong nuclear force without resorting to supersymmetry

Scott’s tragic polar selfie: Rare photo goes under the hammer

A selfie of Scott’s Antarctic team minutes after discovering they lost out to Norwegian Roald Amundsen has been sold – only to disappear again

Rocket-powered Land Rovers can survive deadly roadside bombs

Firing 50 solid rocket fuel motors within 10 milliseconds of an IED blast temporarily makes the vehicle weigh 120 tons, freezing it in place and protecting everyone inside  

Venom: The show with an unsettling sting in its tale

From wasps that create zombie prey to newts with chest-busting ribs, a London exhibition reveals venomous nature as both compelling and disgusting

Blue tits divorce their partners if they turn up late to mate

Blue tits were 5 times less likely to stay faithful if one partner had to wait more than 3 days for the other to arrive

Why setting ‘safe’ limits for environmental damage won’t work

The boundaries set for human impacts on the planet are deeply flawed and only encourage us to keep pushing towards them, warns Stuart Pimm

Common condition endometriosis reprograms brain for depression

Endometriosis causes symptoms of mental health problems in mice, and the one in ten women who have the condition are more likely to have depression or anxiety

Feedback: Kenya’s chief censor has claws out for gay pride

Amorous male lions have rankled the anti-homosexuality campaigner. Plus: missing ships, Harrison Ford swears by science, surgical Bluetooth attacks and more

Brain training game linked to lower dementia risk a decade later

Could just ten sessions of brain training be enough to lower your risk of dementia by 29 per cent a decade later? A study suggests so, but some are sceptical

Grand delusions: Why we all believe the weirdest things

The human mind is the perfect breeding ground for bizarre beliefs, so we shouldn’t be surprised that fake news has such a powerful influence

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world

We've just sent a message to a nearby star to see if there's any life there - and we'll only have to wait 25 years for a reply

A layer of haze keeps Pluto’s atmosphere extremely cold

Pluto is far from the sun, so astronomers expect its atmosphere to be cold, but it's colder than predicted. Now we know that soot sends the sun’s heat back into space

Free-fall experiment could test if gravity is a quantum force

The effort to reconcile general relativity with quantum mechanics always hits one snag: gravity. An experiment could finally tell us if it is a quantum force

The ‘space nation’ Asgardia just launched its first satellite

Asgardia is a 'virtual nation' that says it aims to build sovereign colonies in space. On 12 November it launched a satellite carrying its citizens’ data

Tinfoil hat for your router stops bad guys snooping your Wi-Fi

Wireless signal shaper can put your Wi-Fi into the nooks and crannies of your home - and keep it from spilling out into the rest of the world

Bad news: Carbon emissions have suddenly started rising again

Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel are on the rise again. We desperately need more action to stop climate change, and that means putting a price on carbon

The Seduction of Curves revives old ideas about maths and beauty

René Thom's mathematical theorems passed their sell-by date in the 1970s, but applied to the human form, will they captivate a new generation?

Tracking the first interstellar asteroid back to its home star

Last month, astronomers saw the first asteroid from outside our solar system speed by. Now, they're tracing its orbit back to find out where it came from

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