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Sex made birds spread their wings

The discovery of a dinosaur with a glossy metallic plumage suggests it was sex, and not aerodynamics, that drove the evolution of dinosaur feathers and which later enabled birds to fly.

First ever quantum leap in antihydrogen atoms

A research group at CERN has developed a method of mapping the inner structure of an antihydrogen atom. It’s now possible to determine once and for all whether matter and antimatter are exact mirror images of each other.

World’s first animals were preserved in special sea bed

Researchers have discovered how impressions of small molluscs, which could decompose quickly, were preserved for more than 500 million years.

Gorilla genome casts new light on human evolution

Scientists have now managed to map the entire gorilla genome. The findings reveal the most accurate picture so far of the evolution of the great ape.

Herbs and berries can preserve meat

Why should the shelf life of meat products be extended by a chemical preservative, nitrite, if nature’s own products, grown ecologically, can be used? Researchers have found eight herbs and berries that can preserve meat – and also offer new flavours.

Barley gene could help feed the world

Researchers from Carlsberg have identified the gene that makes mutant barley bloom faster than regular barley. The discovery could lead to extra food for the world’s poorest nations.

Big algae surprise in mountain lake

A common type of ocean algae has been found in a lake in the mountains of western Norway. Why are they there?

Poor classroom acoustics drive teachers away

Classroom acoustics play an important part in determining a school teacher’s job satisfaction. Poor acoustics can make them consider leaving their job.

Urban design makes birds hit the high C

Birds raise their pitch to drown out traffic noise and to make themselves understood in the urban landscape.

Multi-resistant bacteria fear avocados

Substances in avocado plants can fight off multi-resistant bacteria. The newly-discovered extracts can complement existing antibiotics.

Lilliputian shop of horrors

Do you cringe at the thought of head lice or intestinal worms? Well, if you were a little creepy thing you would risk something much worse than an itch.

Zebra stripe mystery solved

It’s been unclear up to now why zebras are striped, but now a team of Swedish and Hungarian researchers claim to have solved the mystery.

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