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22 Apr
US high schoolers are opting for e-cigarettes over conventional cigarettes. Good news? Or have we just shifted the problem?







22 Apr
A star has been seen spewing carbon from its core into space, where it might form organic molecules useful for life, but the speed of the expulsion was a surprise







21 Apr
A photographer has set himself an epic project to capture all North America's bee species, including this fuzzy-legged specimen that bared its mandibles for the camera







21 Apr
Reptiles rarely play on land, but now a group of "geckonauts" has been caught on camera playing with a floating collar







21 Apr
Why do different groups of people have vastly different views of right and wrong? Archaeologist Ian Morris thinks he's found what's really fuelling our values (full text available to subscribers)







21 Apr
Chemical analysis of champagne from a shipwreck reveals the wine "kept its intrinsic characteristics", despite 200 years at the bottom of the Baltic Sea







21 Apr
The FBI has admitted that flawed evidence was accepted in nearly all of the trials that took place over the 1980s and 90s. Is hair analysis still any use at all?







21 Apr
The snails have shrunk to adapt to acidic seas, an effect expected in marine species with shells as oceans keep acidifying







21 Apr
Unlike other squid or octopuses, the deep-sea vampire squid ekes out its reproductive efforts across its slow, long life







21 Apr
Watch a collection of tiny beating hearts and a heart fused to a liver, made using techniques that could one day help build a human on a chip







21 Apr
A viral stowaway in our DNA rebuffs other viruses and activates genes when embryos are days old, supporting the idea that viruses are our silent controllers







21 Apr
Storing excess energy with carbon dioxide compressed underground could help even out our energy flow and clean up the atmosphere







20 Apr
Dry land was essential for life like us to evolve – but how did Earth evolve dry land? A unique mountain landscape in northern Pakistan holds the clues (full text available to subscribers)







19 Apr
Human culture might have been very different if it wasn't for the extraordinary survival strategies of seeds, finds a book by Thor Hansen







19 Apr
There are better ways to help Africa prosper than ripping up protected park borders in the hunt for oil and gas, says Curtis Abraham







18 Apr
Stephen McAdams played movie tunes to Mbenzélé pygmies in the Congo rainforest to find out whether music is a universal language







18 Apr
Science loses when traditional beliefs obstruct its way – but might lose more if it steamrollers over believers' objections, too







18 Apr
A new approach has sped up a quantum device that exploits collisions between particles, signalling that the method may have yet more mileage in it







18 Apr
The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter?







18 Apr
Five years on from the worst oil spill in US history, turtle populations are struggling, dolphins are in ill health and whales have lost habitat







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