Gut bacteria could affect aging

Gut bacteria could affect aging

It loses its pigments, its motor skills and mental faculties decline, it gets cancer – the turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) struggles with the same...
Are your muscles genetically prepared to run a marathon

Are your muscles genetically prepared to run a marathon?

For a few years, running has been fashionable. But there is a great difference between the physical demands of running a few kilometres and...
Cassini's legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan

Cassini spacecraft’s legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan

The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, is set to end on Sept. 15. The mission has told...
Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA

Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

Researchers at the University of York have shown that molecules brought to earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks...
Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those animals. This...
Why do phone batteries sometimes explode

Why do phone batteries sometimes explode?

Lithium-ion batteries have become a ubiquitous part of the digital revolution, but not without a serious setback. They keep spontaneously exploding, and consumers are getting...
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on...
Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

A 52-million-year-old ankle fossil suggests our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats. These first primates spent most of their time in the trees rather than on...
Looking stressed can help keep the peace

Looking stressed can help keep the peace

Scratching is more than an itch -- when it is sparked by stress, it appears to reduce aggression from others and lessen the chance...
Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs

Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs

Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end-Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for...

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