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5,000-year-old cob reveals the origins of corn

Genetic analyses of a 5,000-year-old corncob shows how early farmers modified what would go on to become one of the world’s most important crops.

How plants use chemical weapons to protect themselves

Scientists have discovered how plants fend off insects and fungal attacks using chemical poisons like hydrogen cyanide.

Uncovered First World War documents reveal widespread state censorship

The Danish government practised heavy surveillance and censorship of telecommunications during the Great War.

High-fat cheese can be part of a healthy diet

There may be no need to opt for low-fat option when shopping for cheese, shows new study.

Autism can be revealed by your voice patterns

New technology that analyses your vocal characteristics might improve diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, shows new research.

Inuit hunted whales 4,000 years ago

Fossil DNA from kitchen midden deposits reveal masses of whale blubber, leading scientists to believe that Greenlanders hunted the ocean’s giants 4,000 years before anyone else.

Snake venoms’ deadly secret unlocked: study

Scientists move one step closer to developing a near-universal antidote that could treat a broad range of snake bites.

"Art in Science” depicts the microscopic beauty of science

The winners of this year’s “Art in Science” photo competition have been announced. See the winning entries in the gallery below.

Scientists: we will never find a cure for cancer

Don’t count on a cure for cancer any time soon, say scientists. Instead we will find a way to live with it.

New evidence that early chimps and bonobos interbred

Chimpanzees and bonobos have not always been able to keep their hands off each other. A new discovery could change our perception of how new species form.