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Unearthing the cause of mass extinction

The cause for mass extinction can be unearthed by looking at big volcano-like offshore structures in Norway and South-Africa.

Mystery: captivity damages flamingo feet

It has long been a mystery why flamingos in captivity suffer foot lesions. A Danish study now claims to have solved a part of this mystery.

Tooling around with Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees from the Savanna use human-like tools to dig up roots and potatoes. This is one of the behaviours that people used to believe was uniquely human.

How to find good sperm

Scientists have developed a new method for checking sperm quality in boars. It might be possible to use the method to check men’s sperm quality.

DNA reveals new picture of dog origins

Many different civilisations transformed wolves to dogs thousands of years ago. It was previously thought that only the Chinese had bred man's best friend.

Rare flat-headed cat caught on video

Copenhagen Zoo has filmed the rare flat-headed cat with a kitten. The footage will provide scientists with new knowledge about the cat’s behaviour – which is important in the efforts to save the endangered cat.

Birds of prey hit by rat poison

Traces of rat poison have been found in carcasses of golden eagles and eagle owls – in some cases enough to have caused death, analyses show.

Crystals connect like LEGO bricks

Crystals grow as a result of their nanoparticles locating each other and connecting at the exact spot where the atoms fit together.

Iguana faeces reveal stress

Scientists at Copenhagen Zoo measure the stress levels in reptiles by analysing their faeces.

Breakthrough in physics may lead to new view of magnetism

Physicists have forced a special gas into a brand-new state which has not previously been observed in nature. The discovery could lead to a breakthrough in our understanding of magnetism.

Learning from foul eating habits

The hagfish can absorb food through its skin. Disgusting, yes, but this may give us a clue about the origins of our own digestive system.

New genetic research highlights influences on children’s development

Two normally occurring variants in hitherto unknown genes influence the size of children’s heads. International research has set new standards for studies in genes’ importance for children’s development.