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Test yourself on your dog knowledge: it’s for science

Do you think you know dogs? Then test yourself, for science! Everyone who is familiar with dogs can tell you that their behaviour is largely related to their breed. Chihuahuas will generally shout at nothing, Rottweilers are strong, and Border Collies are incredibly smart.  But what about when we meet mixed breed dogs? Due to […]

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Errors in science reporting

Pitiful science reporting is wrong: astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA is not 7 per cent different from that of his identical twin. Multiple articles asserted this, although it is basically impossible, as humans share around 99.9 per cent of our DNA with each other, 98 per cent with chimpanzees – and even share around 90 per […]

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Novichok: how does the deadly nerve agent work?

On the 22 March, detective sergeant Nick Bailey was discharged from hospital following exposure to Novichok in the Salisbury attack. Sgt Bailey had been seriously ill after responding to the already infamous assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on the 4 march.  Speculations on the origin of the attack aside, one question being asked […]

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The next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 begins

Being only announced five years ago, CRISPR-Cas9 still feels like a revolutionary new technique – but the next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has already been created. A team of scientists from the Broad Institute, the USA, headed by David Liu, have recently published research in Nature detailing their next step in CRISPR-Cas9 technologies; their attempt […]

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Cannabis could help reduce systemic inflammation

A recent study has shown that a compound found in cannabis could help reduce systemic inflammation and immune activation. Regardless of its legal status, cannabis is a widely used drug across much of the world. Even though it is widespread, cannabis use is disproportionately high in Americans living with HIV – ranging between 20 and […]

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Reviving an oasis

Can Afghanistan and Iran work together to reverse an ecological catastrophe, and re-engineer a dead oasis? The Hamon oasis sits on the Iran-Afghanistan border in the Sistan region, near the Helmand river. The region was previously a roughly 2000-square-kilometer wetland, surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of dry, arid desert – a true oasis. For thousands […]

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The naked truth about mole-rats

Recent work suggests that naked mole-rats are highly durable, resistant to many diseases, and seemingly live without ageing.   The naked mole-rat has stood out to scientists for some time, as they have a lifespan of over 30 years – 5 times greater than would normally be expected for a rodent of their size. In […]

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Heartbreak may be more literal than we assume

A recent study has shown that deterioration of relationships could lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in men. There has long been evidence that marital relationships impact upon longevity and health – married couples seem to live longer, be happier, and have a lower body mass index, than single people – but the […]