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Prehistoric crocodiles’ evolution mirrored in living species

There are creatures that are so well-adapted to the challenges of their natural habitats that they have been around for millions of years. Few animals could vie for the esteemed title of ‘Living Fossil’ with a crocodile. Read more »

Microscopic camera offers peek into living cells

A fingernail-sized camera that can be mounted in a microscope will allow scientists to study living cells in unprecedented detail. Read more »

Study points to human-neanderthal interbreeding

The presence of neanderthal DNA in modern humans can best be explained by interbreeding between the two species in Europe and Asia, according to a new genetic study. Read more »

Plant pigment promising for infant motor neuron treatment

Symptoms of infant motor neuron disease could be reduced by plant pigment quercetin, found in various fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains. Read more »

Stem cell advancement offers hope to horse health

Researchers have, for the first time, created working nerve cells from horse stem cells—a breakthrough that could help treat horses suffering from neurological conditions. Read more »

Solar-powered fridge to deliver vaccines to remote areas

New solar-powered fridges could enable improved delivery of vaccines to remote areas in developing countries. Read more »

Metal implants could reduce chemotherapy side effects

Metal implants placed at the site of tumours may allow for more targeted chemotherapy, resulting in fewer side effects for cancer patients. Read more »

Weather map of a distant world could shed new light on planets

Weather reports of molten iron raindrops seem worlds away from our own, but they do happen in distant ones. Scientists have, for the first time, mapped the surface and weather patterns of a brown dwarf (a celestial object larger than a planet but smaller than a star)—research which could help us unearth and understand weather patterns in other solar systems. Read more »

Hardworking sisters enable insect colonies to thrive

In highly organised insect societies, such as those of bees, wasps and ants, only females raise the colony’s young. This phenomenon had previously been attributed to their instinctive drive to help individuals with whom they share more genes. The unusual genetics of these species mean that females are more closely related to their sisters than other relatives.  Read more »

Stalkers should shoot young deer when culling mothers

Each year around 100,000 deer are shot in Scotland; to protect trees and plants; prevent deaths during winter; as well as for sport. Best practice dictates that when a female deer is shot, her young should also be culled, rather than orphaned. A recent study monitoring the survival of orphaned deer lends scientific support to this practice. Read more »

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