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Spiders exchange gifts for sex

Female spiders like being courted with gifts from their male counterparts. New research shows that the females store more sperm from males if they bring a gift prior to mating.

New micro pills make swallowing easy

New research project aims to make pills easier to swallow by encapsulating medicine in micro-containers. The containers can be used for all types of medicine – including those currently taken by injection.

Solving the mystery of bear cub killings

Male bears in Scandinavian forests kill bear cubs. The corpses of cubs, claw marks and DNA samples testify to a life-or-death struggle.

Adult memory a bellwether of the ageing brain

The memory you have as an adult can help predict how well your brain will work 20 years later.

Tweeting turns us into lemmings

There is a clear lemming effect on the internet, where we’re keen to show that we like the same things as our peers. But we also quickly lose interest again, new study reveals.

Scandinavian otters full of contaminants

The Scandinavian otter is full of high concentrations of environmental contaminants that were banned years ago.

Ancient fish face bears signs of modern jaw

A smiling fish that lived in China 419 million years ago revolutionises our conception of the origin of humans and most other vertebrate animals.

Insurance firm ponders nanoparticle risks

International experts on nanoparticles were recently invited to a symposium by the insurance company If. The firm wants to know whether nanoparticles could lead to some unpleasant surprises in the future

Oxygenated Earth much older than we thought

The discovery of the world’s oldest soil suggests that Earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen as early as three billion years ago. That’s 700 million years earlier than previously thought.

Springtails inspire great leap in super materials

Norwegian researchers are using insights from the animal kingdom in their quest to design new self-cleansing and water-repellant surface materials.

Ancient marine lizard had telltale fish tail

The discovery of a fossil tail fin of the extinct marine reptile prognathodon is revolutionizing perceptions of these giant predators, which dominated the oceans in the Cretaceous Period.

Astronauts test Google Glass on the sea floor

A Danish astronaut is currently on a mission on the bottom of the sea, where the conditions can be used to mimic life on the International Space Station ISS.