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Ancient whales were fearsome predators with razor-sharp teeth, fossil analysis shows

Wed, 2017-08-30 09:42
ANCIENT WHALES: The ancestors of today's gentle giants of the ocean were equipped with the razor-sharp teeth of a fearsome predator and could have hunted seals and penguins, rather than the tiny krill they eat today, scientists say.
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Focus on the beauty of the human body

Fri, 2017-08-11 09:48
ART OF SCIENCE: A beautiful image that unearths the mysteries of embryonic lung development is one of the winning entries in this year's Art of Science competition.
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Australian trapdoor spider may be a seafaring castaway from Africa

Thu, 2017-08-03 11:41
SAILING SPIDERS: Trapdoor spiders are reluctant travellers, but millions of years ago one species appears to have made an epic journey from Africa across the vast Indian Ocean to call Australia home.
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Molecule discovery on Titan an intriguing clue in hunt for life

Sat, 2017-07-29 11:14
VINYL LIFE?: A compound that may form cell wall-like structures has been detected in the dense atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
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Ancient DNA shows Canaanites survived Biblical 'slaughter'

Fri, 2017-07-28 09:40
ANCIENT HISTORY: The ancient Canaanites were not exterminated as described in the Bible, but lived on to become modern-day Lebanese, according to the first study to analyse their DNA
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Scientists 3D print brain-like tissue

Wed, 2017-07-26 12:19
CUSTOMISED NEURONES: Researchers are 3D printing customised nerve cells to treat brain disorders
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Indigenous rock shelter pushes Australia's human history back to 65,000 years

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:00
DEEP CONNECTION: New excavations of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicate humans reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago - up to 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought.
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Super-fast stars in the Milky Way are 'runaways' from another galaxy

Wed, 2017-07-05 09:17
RUNAWAY STARS: New research suggests super-fast stars in the Milky Way are actually 'runaways' - from another galaxy.
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Cockie drummers beat a regular rhythm to catch a mate

Thu, 2017-06-29 08:58
BEAT OF LOVE: Just like a human drummer, male palm cockatoos uses drumsticks to beat out a steady rhythm.
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The origin of the tabby coat and other cat mysteries revealed

Tue, 2017-06-20 12:06
FELINE HISTORY: A new study on how cats conquered the world - and our hearts - has answered long-standing questions.
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Chinese scientists use satellite to smash quantum entanglement record

Fri, 2017-06-16 11:40
SPOOKY ACTION: Scientists have used satellite technology for the first time to generate and transmit entangled photons - particles of light - across a record distance of 1,200 kilometres on Earth.
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Einstein's light bending theory directly observed in distant stars for first time

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:28
EINSTEIN'S IMPOSSIBLE HOPE: Astronomers have used the gravitational warping of light, predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago, to measure the mass of a distant star for the first time.
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Discovery of 300,000-year-old fossils rewrites origins of our species

Thu, 2017-06-08 03:29
HUMAN EVOLUTION: The discovery of fossil remains of Stone Age humans in Morocco pushes back the date of the origin of Homo sapiens by 100,000 years.
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Scorching alien planet is most extreme world ever discovered

Tue, 2017-06-06 09:55
HOT DISCOVERY: The hellish alien Jupiter-like world dubbed KELT-9b is beyond what astronomers have ever studied. It glows like a comet and is so hot it's likely that molecules break apart and atmosphere evaporates.
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Third gravitational wave detection puts new spin on black holes

Fri, 2017-06-02 10:23
SPACE-TIME RIPPLES: For the third time, physicists have detected a gravitational wave: a tiny ripple in the fabric of space-time.
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NASA's 'mission of extremes' will touch the Sun

Thu, 2017-06-01 14:57
PARKER SOLAR PROBE: It's been on NASA's bucket list for 60 years, and now the ambitious mission to touch the Sun is in its final phase before launch. So just how do you send a spacecraft into the Sun without it burning up?
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Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues

Wed, 2017-05-31 11:52
MUMMY MYSTERIES: Mummies from ancient Egypt have revealed another secret - some of them share very little of the sub-Saharan African ancestry that dominates the genetic heritage of modern Egyptians.
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Arctic peatlands may release potent grenous gas as permafrost thaws

Tue, 2017-05-30 09:58
THAWING PERMAFROST: Arctic peatlands may become a substantial source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, when they thaw, a new study suggests.
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'Space pups' on Earth bred from mouse sperm stored on the ISS

Tue, 2017-05-23 10:11
SPACE TRAVELLERS: Freeze-dried sperm that was stored in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for nine months has been used to produce healthy mice pups on Earth.
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Rapid greening of Antarctic Peninsula driven by climate change

Fri, 2017-05-19 10:02
FAST CHANGE: The Antarctic Peninsula is not only getting warmer, it's getting dramatically greener with a sharp increase in plant growth over the past 50 years.
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