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Spiky new ant species is named after Game of Thrones dragons

Two newly named species of ant from New Guinea have big spines behind their necks that are full of muscle, which could help supporting their giant heads

Red wolf may lose endangered status because it’s just a hybrid

Not being a recognisable species could lose the red wolf its conservation status, despite being the only carrier of genes from extinct southern grey wolves

Unprecedented Alzheimer’s drug slows disease by 80 per cent

A drug that targets tau tangles in the brain has produced strong results in a large clinical trial, slowing the progression of the disease in hundreds of people

You are junk: Why it’s not your genes that make you human

Genes make proteins make us – that was the received wisdom. But from big brains to opposable thumbs, some of our signature traits could come from elsewhere

Orangutan learns to mimic human conversation for the first time

‘Rocky’ the ginger ape has astonished experts by producing sounds similar to words, a feat that might help us study the evolutionary origins of human speech

Missing craters on Ceres may have been smoothed by a mud facial

Ceres has surprisingly few large craters for a dwarf planet located in an asteroid belt, but its muddy composition could have wiped away the biggest impacts

Dolly the sheep’s poor health may not have been due to cloning

Four sheep cloned from the same animal as Dolly are all in good health at the age of 9, suggesting Dolly’s osteoarthritis may not have been caused by cloning

Whooping crane recovery puts human chick ‘parents’ out of a job

Humans in costume reared captive chicks and flew in light aircraft to guide the cranes' migration, but now the population has grown it's back to nature's way

I was there at Ebola’s bloody beginning

Forty years ago, Peter Piot raced to the scene of an outbreak of an unknown deadly disease. What he discovered gave him his life's purpose

Six science fiction novels you should be reading

This year's crop of Arthur C. Clarke award hopefuls will grip you and not let go

We took his-and-hers fertility tests – this is what it was like

Should couples curious to know the implications of postponing parenthood take a fertility test? Jessica Hamzelou and her boyfriend tried one to find out

God vs the multiverse: The 2500-year war

An infinite universe and many worlds leave no room for a creator. Time to rethink what’s sacred, says philosopher of religion Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Dragnet to find Turkey coup plotters is harming academic freedom

The autonomy of research and academic institutions in Turkey has long been under attack but is now facing an existential threat, says Caghan Kizil

Feedback: Weak-handed Millennials struggling to get a grip

Plus why a dog bowl makes a great hat, patriotic Italian scientists rehabilitate pasta, the war on skin, chemical-free farming with Cerys Matthews and more

Who should we believe when it comes to fertility?

Difficult choices over when to start a family are not made any easier by conflicting signals from doctors and fertility clinics

Brain training game for troops tackles effects of combat trauma

The Israeli army has announced that by the end of the year its soldiers will play a game designed to prevent PTSD as part of their combat training

Dark matter no-show puts favoured particles on death row

The LUX experiment has seen no sign of WIMPs, the leading candidate for dark matter. That means the elusive particles are running out of hiding places

The long scientific voyage of Tudor warship the Mary Rose

Henry VIII’s favourite warship is on view again, and it’s been a long battle to get to a point where people can breathe the same air as the ship’s ancient timbers

Self-destructing bacteria are engineered to kill cancer cells

Harnessing Salmonella strains that can live without oxygen could provide a much-needed weapon against the parts of a tumour that are hardest to attack

Error fix for long-lived qubits brings quantum computers nearer

For the first time, researchers are able to extend the lifetime of a quantum bit, or qubit, using error correction – an essential step to useful quantum computers

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