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Jellyfish offer a sticky solution to the problem of plastic pollution

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Our oceans are full of microplastics and unnatural swarms of jellyfish. Could these beautiful animals possess a secret weapon to help clean up the environment?

Our primate ancestors may have originated in Europe or North America

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It was thought that the ancestor we share with lemurs, monkeys and apes evolved in Asia, but fossil analysis suggests this may not have been the case

Stunning fossils show pterosaurs had primitive feathers like dinosaurs

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When dinosaurs ruled the land, pterosaurs occupied the skies. Now we know they had feathers, suggesting plumage has a much deeper history than we had thought

How clever chemistry is making plastic fantastic again

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Plastic waste threatens a wide range of ecosystems all over the planet. But innovative ways of making, reusing and recycling plastic are set to change our relationship with this extraordinary material

Coral Whisperers review – How global warming is changing researchers

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In the battle to save resources as vital as coral, researchers increasingly face a world where scholarly thought is blown away by the need for urgent action

Home Futures review – what living spaces teach us about our culture

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From robo-walking cities to living rooms that fold away, the revolutionary ideas on show at London's Design Museum tell us much about the way we live

The secret site in England where beavers control the landscape

Sa, 15/12/2018 - 09:00
Two beavers were released at a secret location in Devon, UK in 2011. Now they've completely transformed the landscape including improving flood management in the area

The disorientated ape: Why clever people can be terrible navigators

Ve, 14/12/2018 - 13:00
The human sense of direction is extraordinarily variable. Now we know why some people are so good at getting lost

Coal power emissions in the US are even higher than we thought

Ve, 14/12/2018 - 13:00
The carbon emissions from lugging coal around can be much higher than thought - up to a third as much as is emitted when the stuff is burned

Breathing in moon dust could release toxins in astronauts’ lungs

Ve, 14/12/2018 - 11:00
We already knew that lunar dust is highly abrasive, but now it seems minerals in the dust can easily react with human cells and release large amount of toxins

Incredible shrinking 3D printer can make really tiny objects

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 20:00
A method for 3D printing minuscule objects produces them at a larger size and then shrinks them to one thousandth of the original volume

Can a Green New Deal boost the US economy and save the planet?

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:30
Politicians like the newly-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are now taking climate change seriously, but even an ambitious plan to remake the economy may not be enough

Virgin Galactic claims its first successful flight to edge of space

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:27
Richard Branson's space tourism firm says it has finally made a flight to the edge of space - though the craft did not reach the currently accepted definition of 100 kilometres up

Climate change is happening, but how fast? This is what we really know

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:15
From past temperature change to future sea level rise, climate science is full of conflicting numbers. Here’s our guide to the ones you can and can’t trust

Some people have slightly squashed heads thanks to Neanderthal DNA

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:00
Many people carry Neanderthal DNA that can affect brain cell growth and the insulation around neurons – and that may have a small impact on brain performance

We’ve been using CRISPR for years – now we know how it really works

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:00
We can now predict what changes the CRISPR gene editing technique will make to targeted DNA - a finding that will make the tool more powerful than ever before

Childhood hormone treatments may have spread Alzheimer’s proteins

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 17:00
Last century, tens of thousands of children were given growth hormone from dead bodies. Evidence is building that this may have raised their risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Bizarre fossil that baffled us for years is early starfish ancestor

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 15:12
Extinct animals called stylophorans have caused confusion for decades, but fossils with preserved soft tissue reveal that they were relatives of starfish

We’ve added letters to the genetic code – and the results are amazing

Gi, 13/12/2018 - 11:00
The first life forms with a six-letter genetic code are already pumping out drugs and other materials that nature has never seen before

First direct evidence that later school day really does help teenagers

Me, 12/12/2018 - 20:00
Since Seattle high schools decided to start an hour later, students have been getting more sleep – and school attendance and grades have improved