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Science after Brexit will be weaker all round

The UK government’s position paper is long on lofty ambitions for future collaboration, but the gory details suggest they will be extremely difficult to achieve

The sun just belched out the strongest solar flare in 12 years

If your GPS has been acting funny, take it up with the sun. Our star has released the most powerful solar flare since 2005

Feedback: Little green men? How we might improve human beings

We want your ideas for bettering the human race. Plus: the canine collar that rebalances their minerals, and why the Ford Focus is a hypocrite in France.

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan for first time

North Korea has succeeded in firing a ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, bringing it closer to a possible attack on the US

Low-ranked female monkeys band together against their leaders

Female rhesus macaques have a strict hierarchy, but the subordinates can buck authority and even climb the social ladder if they’re big enough and have enough friends

Male athletes with higher world rankings are better looking

Male biathletes who achieved a higher world ranking were rated as more attractive, suggesting women have evolved to prefer men with endurance and skill

Chris Hadfield: We should live on the moon before a trip to Mars

The next stage of our push into space should be setting up home on the moon, says astronaut Chris Hadfield, who warns a rush to Mars would be deadly

It could be snowing on Mars right now

The Red Planet may have had intense snowstorms long ago when it was wetter, but a model shows it could still have violent snowfall at night when the clouds cool

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

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

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

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