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Two-thirds of all languages use similar sounds in common words

A study of more than 6,000 languages from around the world shows a surprising relationship between certain words’ sound and meaning.

How Hitler decided to launch the largest bike theft in Denmark’s history

Hitler personally approved the decision to confiscate bikes in occupied Denmark during the war, revealing the internal power struggles among the Nazi occupiers.

Meltwater from West Greenland is a hotspot for ocean nutrients

An underwater camera provides new insights into how microscopic particles in glacial meltwater could boost marine algae and help remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Mathematicians can now predict your social networks

A team of mathematicians have developed a formula to predict how people meet. The results could help scientists understand how diseases are transmitted.

Climate change threatens the existence of Arctic musk oxen

Rising temperatures are making Arctic musk oxen struggle so much to find food that their very existence could soon be threatened, say scientists.

Meet ‘Mojn’, the ten million-year-old Danish whale

Scientists publish first scientific description of a ten-million-year-old fossil of a beaked whale discovered in Denmark.

What colour did the Vikings paint their houses?

Archaeologists in Denmark are busy building one of the largest experimental archaeology reconstruction projects. But what colours would the Vikings have used?

Rural upbringing protects against asthma and allergies

Children born in in the countryside often have fewer allergies and asthma than kids born in cities, shows new research.

Genetic profiling of cancer tumours opens up new treatment options

Tailoring cancer treatment to a genetic profiling of the tumour shows promise in early trials.

Proteins allow archaeologists to look further back in time

Scientists have analysed 3.8-million-year-old proteins using a new method to see much further back in time than is currently possible with DNA.