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Want to know about T rex? Chase an ibis around a track, scientists say

The Australian white ibis is one of a dozen bird species whose locomotion is revealing a lot about their dinosaur cousins The Australian white ibis, aka “bin chicken”, might not have won the title of Australia’s favourite bird, but its next race might help scientists solve the mystery of how Tyrannosaurus rex walked and ran. Show More Summary

The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx

A new specimen has redefined who’s in and who’s out of the Archaeopteryx genus – and poses questions about other theropod dinosaurs Have you heard? There is a new Archaeopteryx in town. Number 12, to be exact. Technically, this specimen...Show More Summary

World’s most controversial fruit may depend on giant bats for pollination

While we debate whether the durian is the best or worst food on the planet, it turns out this wonderful oddity may require healthy populations of flying fox for survival. Durian. Depending on whom you talk to it’s either the most beloved or the most despised fruit on the planet. Show More Summary

New test can detect autism in children, scientists say

Blood and urine test, believed to be first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders Scientists in Britain say they have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children. Researchers...Show More Summary

How long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth? | Michael Brooks

A revolution is coming in our relationship with ‘lower’ creatures, provoked by a greater knowledge of their cognition. Labour’s new plans for animal welfare are just a start Scientific insight is a powerful thing, but will it ever override...Show More Summary

China’s great leap forward in science

Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west? I first met Xiaogang Peng in the summer of 1992 at Jilin University in Changchun, in the remote north-east of China, where he was a postgraduate student in the department of chemistry. Show More Summary

George Church: "Genome sequencing is like the internet back in the late 1980s."

The pioneering geneticist on why he wants us to earn money by sharing our genomic data, his plans to resurrect the woolly mammoth and how narcolepsy helps him generate ideas • How can I make money from my DNA? A new genetic testing company called Nebula Genomics wants to help people profit from their own genomes. Show More Summary

Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells

Advance brings us closer to growing transplant organs inside animals or being able to genetically tailor compatible organs, say researchers Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells. Show More Summary

Want to monitor air pollution? Test a pigeon

Feral pigeons are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans, so help explore the affect of contaminants, say researchers Pigeons might be seen as the scourge of cities, but researchers say they could help us explore both the levels and impacts of a host of toxins in the air, from lead to pesticides. Show More Summary

Stress in fathers may alter sperm and affect behaviour in offspring

Research shows male mice exposed to a mildly stressful event produced sperm richer in certain types of molecules called microRNAs Stressed fathers may end up with changes to their sperm that could affect behaviour in their offspring, research in mice has shown. Show More Summary

What fossils reveal about the spider family tree is far from horrifying | Susannah Lydon

Recent fossils in amber tell us how spiders evolved into their modern groups, but the fossil record for arachnids goes much deeper The discovery of a 100m-year-old spider ancestor with a whip-like tail, bearing a more than slight resemblance to everyone’s favourite parasitoid alien – the facehugger – gained a lot of media interest last week. Show More Summary

Hot stuff: the thermal cameras giving us a new way of seeing our bodies

How do our bodies regulate themselves – and is it even true that we have a single body temperature? New technology will tell us I’m one of those people who always feels cold. Maybe it’s my upbringing in the chilly north, or maybe it’s...Show More Summary

Watch ants rescue their wounded comrades – video

Researchers have observed African Matabele ants treating their wounded comrades. The ants, frequently injured by termites, appear to apply an antibiotic saliva to the wounds of their injured. Nursing in nature: Matabele ants observed treating injured comrades Continue reading...

'Evolution in real time': silent crickets still singing for a mate

Scientists are fascinated that Hawaiian crickets still perform their vigorous mating call, despite having evolved to lose their song to avoid a deadly new parasite Male field crickets traditionally attract a mate by “singing” – creating a sound by rhythmically scraping their wings back and forth. Show More Summary

Nursing in nature: Matabele ants observed treating injured comrades

The social insects have been seen cleaning wounds and possibly administering antibiotics to prevent infection When the battle is done the victors head home, their march broken only to gather the wounded, who are hauled back to base for life-saving treatment. Show More Summary

How Pitcairn made history on votes for women | Brief letters

Votes for women | Obtaining the pill | Henry Moore sculpture | Asma Jahangir | Ballet reviews | Evolution In 2013 Pitcairn islanders celebrated 175 years of women’s right to vote (Letters, 10 February). Pitcairn may be small and remote...Show More Summary

Thanks to Cheddar Man, I feel more comfortable as a brown Briton | Aarathi Prasad

I grew up being told that a prerequisite for our national identity was white skin – that prejudice has been proved false The results of 10,000-year old Cheddar Man’s DNA analysis have hit the headlines in the past few days, accompanied by a striking portrait that needed no words. Show More Summary

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind's evolutionary journey

The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one. Hannah Devlin looks at what we know – and what might be next for our species Let’s go back to the beginning. When did we and our ape cousins part ways? Scientists are still working on an exact date – or even a date to within a million years. Show More Summary

Is it wrong to boil lobsters alive?

It would be unthinkable to buy a chicken or lamb to kill at home – but you can have living crustaceans delivered to your door via Amazon. Has society gone to pot over shellfish? Robert Elwood once boiled a lobster alive – lobsters being one of the few creatures we eat that we are allowed to slaughter at home. Show More Summary

Cheddar Man changes the way we think about our ancestors

The study of a 10,000-year-old man surprised people when it revealed his blue eyes and dark skin – and few predicted he would reshape our view of our genetic heritage In 1903 workmen digging a drainage trench in Gough’s Cave in the Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, uncovered the remains of a young man, sealed under a stalagmite. Show More Summary

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