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Extra genes help mice keep youthful looks

Posted on 21 Jul 2007 in Cancer, Genetics, Health, Journalism

New Scientist Image: Ruud Hein IT’S not quite the elixir of life, but...

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Hubble space telescope maps minerals on the moon

Posted on 21 Jul 2007 in Earth Science, Journalism, Space

Geologists have used the Hubble Space Telescope to study minerals on the moon. It might be one small step for them, but it’s a giant leap towards building a lunar outpost. Image: jurvetson

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Spite is a uniquely human emotion

Posted on 16 Jul 2007 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Journalism

It used to be easy to separate man from beast. Then we realised animals, too, can experience sophisticated emotions and communicate through language. But there is one thing that is beyond even our closest relatives, chimpanzees – and that is the ability to be spiteful. Image: fwooper

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Amazon dam project gets go-ahead

Posted on 14 Jul 2007 in Environment, Journalism

New Scientist Image: Nao Iizuka When a country’s environment agency...

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Men talk just as freely as women

Posted on 14 Jul 2007 in Evolution, Journalism

Silence is golden, but it is not the preserve of men. It seems that verbosity may be governed by personality type, not gender. Far from being tight-lipped, males managed an average of around 16,000 words a day – the same number as female students. Image: slightly everything

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Snake DNA turns up inside wild gerbils

Posted on 14 Jul 2007 in Evolution, Journalism, Life

You might expect a gerbil to end up inside a snake. But part of a snake ending up in a gerbil? A small chunk of snake DNA has indeed turned up in wild gerbils, and it could one day show up in a host of other species too. Image: born1945

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