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Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats

Me, 17/04/2019 - 21:00
Stone Age farmers living in Turkey became more reliant on domestic sheep and goats over a 1000-year period, according to a study of the animals’ preserved urine

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang

Me, 17/04/2019 - 20:00
The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula

Pig brains have been partly revived after death - what does this mean?

Me, 17/04/2019 - 20:00
Pig brains have been partly revived after their bodies were killed. But what does this mean and how could it be used to help people in emergency situations?

Gun that launches cord to wrap around assailant used for first time

Me, 17/04/2019 - 16:57
US police have used a gun that fires a cord around a suspect, binding their limbs and preventing them from moving, for the first time

Must we topple Einstein to let physics leap forward again?

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 20:00
Einstein’s genius casts a long shadow over fundamental physics. The documentary Chasing Einstein wonders if reverence for the past is blocking breakthroughs

Surprising ways the changing Earth shaped human evolution and society

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 20:00
From the development of our remarkable brains to the geographic divides in the way we vote, our shape-shifting planet has guided the path of humanity

Protein mania: The problem with the West’s latest diet obsession

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 20:00
Everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream and even water is now laced with extra protein. Is there any evidence that consuming more of it does us good?

What would happen if you got sucked into a black hole?

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 20:00
From wormhole passages to white hole escape routes, no one knows for certain what lurks beyond a black hole’s event horizon – so choose your own unsettling fate

Why Ian McEwan doesn’t see his latest novel as being science fiction

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 18:40
What would the 1980s have been like if Alan Turing had lived? Ian McEwan talks about his exploration of a speculative past for AI in his novel Machines Like Me

Notre Dame’s stonework isn’t flammable but may be structurally damaged

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 18:29
The stone vault in the roof of Notre Dame means it was more resilient to fire than many other cathedrals but heat may still have warped the building’s stonework

Statins may not lower cholesterol enough in half those who take them

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 16:45
A study of more than 165,000 people suggests that fewer than half of those who start taking statins reach cholesterol targets within two years

Sex-selective abortions may have stopped the birth of 23 million girls

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 15:33
A huge analysis suggests sex-selective abortions have led to at least 23 million fewer girls born worldwide, but birth ratios are now returning to normal

Measles has made a shocking return to the US. Can it be stopped?

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 14:35
Measles outbreaks across the US are forcing public health officials to take drastic action to get people vaccinated, threatening fines or even jail time

Why electric cars are a hot topic in Australia's forthcoming election

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 13:45
Most parties in Australia's upcoming election want more electric cars, but providing enough charging points across such a vast country has proven difficult

Did the ancestor of all humans evolve in Europe not Africa?

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 12:50
A study of some 8-million-year-old teeth found in Greece suggests a controversial idea: that hominins arose in Europe and then moved into Africa later

Men who have children later in life may prime their kids for longevity

Ma, 16/04/2019 - 12:40
Older dads may change the chromosomes in their sperm so that their children will be able to live longer lives – a phenomenon similar to Lamarckian evolution

Our nearest neighbour Proxima Centauri may host a second exoplanet

Lu, 15/04/2019 - 18:29
Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the solar system, and it may be home to a frigid planet six times the size of Earth in addition to the possibly habitable Proxima b

Saturn’s moon Titan has an alien lake district that looks like Earth

Lu, 15/04/2019 - 18:00
NASA's Cassini spacecraft used radar data to scan the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, helping us learn about its lakes of methane

There is water just under the surface of the moon that we could use

Lu, 15/04/2019 - 18:00
When there’s a meteor shower on the moon, the impacts cause puffs of water, which means that it’ll be simple for us to get that water to use for exploration

Pristine mountains are being littered with microplastics from the air

Lu, 15/04/2019 - 18:00
Tiny particles of plastic are being blown on the wind, ending up in remote areas over a hundred kilometres away from cities