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Traumatic beetle sex causes rapid evolutionary arms race

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Male seed beetles use sharp spikes on their penises to damage females during sex, but females are evolving thicker tissue to resist them

The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation

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Sleep loss in mice sends the brain’s immune cells into overdrive. This might be helpful in the short term, but could increase the risk of dementia in the long run

Three amazing nature areas shortlisted for World Heritage status

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 19:50
Newly proposed world heritage sites in Argentina, China and West Africa could safeguard threatened and endemic species such as elephants and snow leopards

Trump’s 2018 budget slashes funding from healthcare and science

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 19:05
Medicaid is slated to lose billions of dollars in funding, as are many medical, humanitarian and scientific organisations

Bioelectric tweak makes flatworms grow a head instead of a tail

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 19:00
Flatworms regenerate lost body parts, but change the current in their cells and they can regrow the wrong thing, hinting at electricity’s role in body plans

Tangoing pairs of hungry supermassive black holes grow in number

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 18:06
The discovery of more of these deadly duos through a fresh data-sifting technique raises the hope that their secret recipe might soon be unlocked

Artificial Venus flytrap grabs things over 100 times its weight

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 18:00
Less than a centimetre in size, the soft robotic device can detect items based on how they reflect light and grasp them with impressive force

Unimpeachable logic says Trump shouldn’t quit Paris climate pact

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 17:08
President Donald Trump should keep the US in the Paris Agreement on climate and embrace it as a great deal for his nation's economy, says Owen Gaffney

A classic quantum test could reveal the limits of the human mind

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 15:00
Using human consciousness as the trigger in a test of ‘spooky action at a distance’ could tell us whether mind is made of different stuff than matter

DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 14:02
The Go-playing artificial intelligence from DeepMind defeated Ke Jie in the first of three matches taking place this week in Wuzhen, China

Unprecedented cholera outbreak tears through war-torn Yemen

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 13:24
Cholera has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill over the past four weeks, spreading faster than any previous known outbreak in the country

Diabetes drug may work by changing gut bacteria makeup

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 12:45
Metformin dramatically shifts the gut microbiome – and bacteria seem to play a key role in controlling blood sugar levels

Astronomers scramble as ‘alien megastructure’ star dims again

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 12:30
Tabby’s star’s weird behaviour has been blamed on everything from asteroids to aliens. Now astronomers are racing to watch its dimming in action

Weird energy beam seems to travel five times the speed of light

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 08:30
The galaxy M87 emits a jet of plasma that looks like it’s breaking the cosmic speed limit – here’s how it manages the trick

EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

Ma, 23/05/2017 - 02:01
The drive for biofuels that international treaties wrongly consider to be emissions-free is driving plans to boost tree harvests in Europe, forgetting about associated emissions

Mouse sperm sent into space produces healthy IVF babies

Lu, 22/05/2017 - 22:00
The first experiment to test how space travel could affect mammals’ reproduction shows that pregnancy can smooth over DNA damage from cosmic radiation

Our common ancestor with chimps may be from Europe, not Africa

Lu, 22/05/2017 - 21:00
The last common ancestor of chimps and humans was an eastern European, claims team that analysed fossils of a 7-million-year-old ape from Bulgaria and Greece

Flushing fallopian tubes with poppy seed oil boosts fertility

Lu, 22/05/2017 - 19:00
A 100-year-old treatment in which women have their fallopian tubes flushed with oil makes them more likely to get pregnant without IVF treatments

Bacteria engineered to produce living, full-colour photographs

Lu, 22/05/2017 - 18:00
Gut bugs have been modified to turn red, green or blue when bathed in light of the corresponding colour so they create bacterial photocopies

Citizens give up data in blockchain project to improve cities

Lu, 22/05/2017 - 15:57
The DECODE project will give residents of Barcelona and Amsterdam more control over how their personal data is harnessed by local government and businesses