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Horses can communicate through symbols

Horses can learn to use symbols to tell their owner if they are cold, shows new research.

Viking horse breeders developed the ‘ambling gait’

New research shows that we probably have the Vikings to thank for modern horse riding's most comfortable riding style--the ambling gait.

Buttock hair used to monitor Arctic musk ox

GREENLAND: Musk ox are a key species in the Arctic, but populations are in decline. A new method is helping scientists to monitor these animals in often difficult to reach, remote locations.

Charcoal makes African soil more fertile and productive

West African farmers are transforming nutrient-poor rainforest land in to fertile soil and their crops are thriving. It might be the solution to food shortages in the African tropics, say scientists.

Cats cause conflict between neighbours

Your cat’s adventures could be causing problems with the neighbours, according to people surveyed for a new research project.

3D-printed organs give insights to complex anatomy

Inexpensive 3D-printers create detailed plastic models of organs and help scientists study complex anatomical structures.