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‘Heavy’ mice may reveal why soft tissues turn to bone

Posted on 15 May 2014 in Health, Journalism

The world’s first “heavy” mice have already begun to pull their weight. The rodents, which are fed on a diet containing heavier forms of some chemical elements, were dreamed up to allow researchers to grow tissue in the lab that is less likely to be rejected by the body. Image: Nils J.

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Bullying raises risk of cardiovascular disease

Posted on 12 May 2014 in Health, Journalism

They say that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Yet childhood bullying really can damage your long-term health. Image: MrSchuReads

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Only known chimp civil war reveals how societies splinter

Posted on 7 May 2014 in Animal Behaviour, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism, Life

Jane Goodall has been studying the chimpanzees of Gombe for over 50 years. During the early 1970s the group appeared to split in two, and friendliness was replaced by fighting – a new analysis suggests the society fell apart just like human societies do. Image: pattoise

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Will we ever… control the weather?

Posted on 4 May 2014 in Environment, Journalism, Technology

The night of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony saw 100mm (4in) of rain fall on the nearby city of Baoding, but none in Beijing. Proof positive that we can successfully control the weather, say many, but how true is this? Image: KittyKaht

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Neanderthals may have been our intellectual equals

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 in Archaeology, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Enough of the cheap jibes: Neanderthals may have been just as clever as modern humans. A review of the archaeological record finds no evidence that our cousins were any less innovative than we are. Image: erix!

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Mississippi dams aren’t to blame for flood risks

Posted on 20 Apr 2014 in Earth Science, Environment, Journalism

Maybe the Mississippi river delta isn’t doomed after all. Upstream dams on the rivers that run through the delta were thought to be starving it of the sediment it needs to stay above sea level – but now it seems there’s enough sand to feed the delta for centuries to come. Image: eutrophication&hypoxia

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