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Mountains are younger than we think

A new study has shaved several million years off the age of mountain ranges following new evaluations of fossils and other impressions of ancient sea animals and plants.

Hitchhiking with ocean currents

Marine animals living on Arctic ice seem destined for a catastrophe if all the summer ice melts. But a tiny krill can survive by hitchhiking north with ocean currents.

New model helps scientists understand solar flares

Using a new computer model, researchers can now see how a solar flare arises and develops. An increased understanding of the gigantic explosions on the Sun will over time give us better space weather forecasts.

Living fossil lives only on two rocks

A small herb from the past has miraculously survived on two adjacent vertical cliffs with the help of ants.

Oysters are more complex than we think

Scientists have finally mapped the genome of oysters. This has given us new knowledge about life on the sea bottom and provides insight into the creation of pearls.

Lifting the lid on lichen

New species are uncovered in an ambitious lichen study which is mapping the extensive range of crustose lichens in Norway.

Mountain plants crowd at the peaks

A warmer climate is enabling hardy lowland vegetation to ascend mountains and thrive at higher altitudes. When they can’t get any higher, they’ll crowd together on peaks.

A northern treasure trove of exotic life

A valley in Norway is a treasure trove of rare species that have left their kin in Asia and Europe for remote Scandinavia.

How smart are animals?

We think that crows are smart but what do we really know? Intelligence takes on diverse meanings for different species and researchers think we are too prone to use human standards.

Astronauts go underground

Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending six astronauts down into a cave to prepare them for life in space.

Biologists often numbed by numbers

Biologists often find their analytical aptitude falls short of the mark when dealing with complicated data. It can mean that their research strays off target too.

New sea snake species rattles scientists

A newly discovered species of sea snake gorges itself with fish eggs in Australia’s coral reefs. The distribution of the species could give new insight into aquatic life..