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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools – tools that were wielded by prehistoric monkeys and chimpanzees. Image: jenmartin

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Pumping CO2 into frack wells could prevent water contamination

Posted on 18 Aug 2015 in Earth Science, Journalism, Technology

Sometimes two problems can cancel each other out. Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could be put to good use, preventing fracking chemicals from contaminating drinking water supplies. Image: brims1285

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Disco clam’s light show is all about stayin’ alive

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

With its colourful tentacles matched with fine silky threads, the flamboyant disco clam lives up to its name. And that’s before it shows off its party trick: it uses what has been likened to a foil-covered scarf to put on a mesmerising light show. Image: lakshmioct01

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Iron-age Britons engaged in mysterious pig trotter festivals

Posted on 12 Aug 2015 in Archaeology, Journalism

It wasn’t so much bring a bottle to British Iron Age parties, as bring a pig’s leg. At a site in south Wales people apparently feasted almost exclusively on the right forelegs of pigs – a mysterious ritual they kept up for centuries. Image: Matthew Almon Roth

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What is a ray of light made of?

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 in Featured, Journalism, Physics

Light is one of those things that we don’t tend to understand. If you were to zoom in on a ray of light, what would you see? Sure, light travels incredibly fast, but what is it that’s doing the travelling? Many of us would struggle to explain. Image: ilovepics11

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