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What makes an animal clever? Research shows that intelligence is not just about using tools

The list of animals that use tools keeps growing, from chimps to birds and even octopuses. So is it time that we abandoned "tool use" as a measure of intelligence among species?

The female scientist who discovered the core of the Earth

The "Grande Dame” of seismology, Inge Lehmann, began her career at a time when few women held senior positions in science. But that did not stop her from being the first to provide evidence of the Earth’s inner core in 1936.

Why do these birds throw themselves off cliffs?

The Arctic murre has a curious habit of flinging themselves out of the nest before it is old enough to fly. Now scientists know why.

Scientists solve forensic mystery

A new study has big implications for future murder cases, where forensic scientists struggle to identify a time of death.

Swedish research article retracted by prestigious international journal

Science magazine, one of the top academic journals in the world, has retracted an article written by two Swedish researchers whose data and methods have been judged to be suspect by a Swedish review board.

Climate Scientists build laboratory under the ice with a balloon

Climate scientists working in Greenland can now construct field laboratories using a giant balloon. The result is a hall under the ice suitable for scientists and visiting tourists.

None of the herbal supplements were really as claimed

When scientist conducted DNA analyses of some dietary supplements allegedly containing St. John’s wort they found that none contained what their list of ingredients claimed.

Scientists have worked out how dung beetles use the Milky Way to hold their course

Scientists constructed an artificial Milky Way, using LEDs, to test the beetles’ abilities to navigate. It turned out that the beetles rely on the contrasting brightness between different parts of the Milky Way to work out which way to go.

The king of northern lights

The professor whose face is emblazoned on the Norwegian 200-kroner banknote was forgotten for nearly 60 years. Today he is considered one of Norway’s greatest researchers ever.

Arctic Ocean starting to resemble the Atlantic

A process of “Atlantification” is turning the Arctic Ocean inside out.

New method identifies the most vulnerable glaciers in Greenland

Using an old theory and a new high tech dataset, scientists have developed a simple method to assess which of Greenland’s glaciers might contribute the most to sea level rise.

Fossil DNA identifies the first seafarers in the Pacific Ocean

Brave seafarers conquered the Pacific Ocean 3,000 years-ago with no chart of compass. Now, DNA is revealing who these sailors were.

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