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First Scandinavian farmers were far more advanced than we thought

The first farmers in Denmark and Sweden knew how to rear cattle – suggesting they knew much more about farming than previously thought, shows new research.

New type of infection by ticks leaves no visible symptoms

Scientists warn GPs to be aware of a new strain of bacterial infection from tick bites that leave no characteristic red rash and results in an intermittent fever.

Scientists solve the riddle of eel evolution

European and American eels emerged as separate species 3.5 million years ago -- yet they can still breed with each other. Scientists can now tell us how.

How bats fly

Bats fly at night to avoid being eaten by birds of prey. Despite poor visibility, darkness and ambient noise, bats capture their prey with amazing precision.

Inbreeding among mountain gorillas has no consequences

Scientists map entire genome of mountain gorillas and are surprised by what it reveals about inbreeding.

Only half of the land needed to secure wildlife biodiversity is protected: study

Thirty-four per cent of all land need to be protected if we are to maintain the Earth's biodiversity.

New method to detect toxin can replace animal testing

A chemical analysis can effectively detect botulism types, thus avoiding the need to sacrifice mice as part of the diagnostic process.

Denmark moves to ban bestiality -- but is sex with animals really so bad?

Is bestiality harmful to the animals? Not always, say Danish researchers and point to the fact that animals seem to enjoy sex and orgasms.

Fat makes pigs more social and less aggressive

A high-fat diet changes social behaviour, reveals new study. This should be considered when advising the public on nutrition, say researchers.

Reindeer mating – when it's good to be fat

Summer time is fattening time for reindeer bucks. If they fail to gain enough weight during these months, they can forget about mating in the autumn.