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Top 10: The best copies of Nature (Part 1)

Here's the first five of ten examples of how new technologies can be created by copying the science of Mother Nature.

Protecting Greenland’s animals from oil spills

Researchers have prepared a new online atlas that shows the areas in Greenland that are most vulnerable to oil spills. The atlas will protect the island’s animals.

Vietnamese farmers smell health risk of faeces

Vietnamese farmers fertilise the soil by spreading human excrement on the fields with their bare hands. But it is only the smell they believe to be a health risk.

2012: Is Planet X on collision course with Earth?

The end of the world is approaching, according to internet-based groups who believe that Earth will be hit by Planet X, also known as Nibiru, in 2012. But astronomers say there is nothing to indicate that doomsday is just around the corner.

Flexicurity disfavours disabled people

The flexicurity model allows employers great flexibility in firing employees. But this has a severe impact on the disabled people who end up outside the labour market, shows a new study.

How China will meet the world

The Chinese are coming – but what do they want? New Danish research shows that China’s future foreign policy will depend very closely on how the Chinese picture themselves.

Youths are tired of drinking binges

Getting senselessly drunk and losing control is no longer cool, shows surprising research.

What gives a Xmas song the X factor?

White Christmas, Blue Christmas, Last Christmas ... it's the same Christmas songs that you hear endlessly repeated on the radio and in shopping malls every year. But what is it that makes these songs so enduringly popular?

Surrealism is mind-boggling

Beautiful surrealistic pictures can change our impression of the world, says a researcher. See examples of mind-boggling art here.

Women get the worst hangovers

Women experience more hangovers than men, a study shows. It also indicates that we should eat while we drink and that we readily drink more than the authorities recommend.