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Cave paintings and bones reveal origins of European bison

Fossil DNA from bison bones reveals that the European bison was a cross between aurochs and bison. Cave painters depicted the species in detail, 15,000 years ago.

Bird study reveals a key assumption in evolution theory is false

A new study of fifty bird species from the Andes now rules out any possibility of predicting evolution on a single genetic mutation.

Traffic noise and pollution increase risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy

Pregnant women living near noisy streets with heavy traffic have a higher risk of experiencing pre-eclampsia.

Is immunotherapy really a revolution?

Immunotherapy is one of the most hyped cancer treatments, but we must be careful when hailing it as a revolution, says doctor.

2.5 million Europeans die from hospital infections every year

Infections acquired while in hospital cause more disability and premature death than we previously thought, say scientists.

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.