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Beautifully preserved feathers belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs

Posted on 28 Jun 2016 in Dinosaurs, Journalism, Palaeontology

Around 99 million years ago, these tiny dinosaurs had a sticky encounter. Today, their feathered wings look almost exactly as they did when they became stuck in resin. Image: Lida Xing China University of Geosciences, Beijin/ Ryan McKellar Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Canada

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Elderly monkeys choose to have fewer friends – just like us

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Featured, Health, Journalism, Life

Do you see as many friends now as you did 10 years ago? Your shrinking social circle isn’t just a human trait – it seems that, as they get older, monkeys become more selective about who they spend time with too. Image: David Holt London

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Can we predict when we will die?

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 in Evolution, Featured, Health, Journalism

Death is inevitable – but is it predictable? Some researchers think it might be. They say that experiments with fruit flies have revealed a new and distinct phase of life that heralds the approach of death. It’s a stage of life they call the death spiral. Image: Tamás Mészáros

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Mystery human hobbits ruled tiny Asian island 700,000 years ago

Posted on 8 Jun 2016 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

We may have finally found the ancestors of the mysterious miniature Homo floresiensis, aka the hobbit. A new cache of hobbit-like remains uncovered on the island of Flores answers at least some questions in the decade-long quest to understand the identity and origins of this tiny ancient hominin. Image: Kinez Riza

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Bacterial RNA-editing tool could disable viruses or halt disease

Posted on 2 Jun 2016 in Chemistry, Genetics, Journalism

Move over DNA, its RNA’s time to shine. A revolutionary RNA-editing tool promises to transform our understanding of RNA’s role in our growth and development, and provide a new avenue for treating infectious diseases and cancer. Image: AJC

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Orcas are first non-humans whose evolution is driven by culture

Posted on 31 May 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Journalism

You could call it a culture shock. Many researchers accept that cultural experiences have helped shape human evolution – and evidence has now emerged that the same may be true of killer whales. Image: Shawn McCready

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