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Mars volcano has been active for two billion years

A volcano on Mars has been active for two billion years, according to new analyses of a meteorite from the Red Planet.

USA budget: Planned cuts to climate and satellite programs

A new budget "blueprint" released in the USA seeks to cut funding to climate and satellite programs. The developments have scientists on both sides of the Atlantic concerned.

Where do bats go in the winter?

Bats are quite visible in Norwegian skies during the summer, but scientists are not quite sure what happens to them in winter.

Gravitational-wave astronomy will change our understanding of the universe

Nearly two years ago, LIGO opened up a new window onto the cosmos when they discovered gravitational waves. But what has happened since and how could it change our understanding of space, time, and gravity?

When will the large crack on this Antarctic ice shelf break away?

Scientists are closely monitoring a large crack spreading on the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. Follow our interactive guide to see how the crack has developed.

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life's early history

Scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of 1.6 billion year-old red algae from India. Advanced multicellular life began much earlier that previously thought and the timing of the tree of life should be revised, they say.

Arctic plants may be tougher than you think

New study reveals how plants in Greenland were able to not only survive a devastating caterpillar outbreak in 2011, but actually thrive as a result. Much to the surprise of scientists.

Two-hundred-year old butterflies allow research to take wing

It’s been two centuries since these butterflies have flown in their tropical haunts. But the collection the insects come from played a critical role in establishing the study of entomology in Norway.

This rock switches colours in an instant

Sodalite deposits are found on South Greenland, Canada, Russia and other countries including Norway, and are famous for their chemical colour tricks.

How scientists made this 95 million-year-old octopus look good

The magnificently preserved fossil was not immediately so distinct. See how a fossil can be prepared for display.

How to track down your ancestry with DNA

Many can follow their ancestry as far back as 2,000 years.

Brown bears vie with wolves for food

When a brown bear crawls out of its den in March it has an intense need for meat. This makes it a direct competitor with wolves, find researchers in several countries.

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What works best for back pain?

Your back is robust and you should use it. This is the message that many back patients are hearing from their doctor today. But is that enough? Do they recover more quickly if they receive more treatment, like physical therapy?