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If humans have any hope of living forever, we should probably take a hint from the dozens of other animals on Earth that far outpace our measly 71 years. One of the longest-lived of these animals is the Greenland shark, which researchers only recently discovered could survive for so long.   On a 2017 expedition,
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Bird eggs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the stereotypical elongated, pointy-at-one-end, blunt-at-the-other design has at least one rather simple, if surprising purpose – it fits better inside a sleek bodied flying machine. Scientists came to the conclusion after using a variety of tools to analyse tens of thousands of egg pictures
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A massive extinction event that cleared the way for dinosaurs to spread and diversify at the end of the Triassic period was caused by periods of volcanic eruptions. That’s the conclusion of new research on a vast field of igneous rock covering four continents, supporting a hypothesis that states global climate change was responsible for
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Thousands of years before Hello Kitty and Grumpy Cat, some wild little felines and early farmers made a tacit deal: One side would act a bit docile and kill grain-raiding vermin, and the other would tolerate the cats’ presence and let them eat scraps. That much has long been assumed about cat domestication. But a new
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Here’s proof of how far we’ve come in science – in a world-first, researchers have recorded up-close footage of a single DNA molecule replicating itself, and it’s raising questions about how we assumed the process played out. The real-time footage has revealed that this fundamental part of life incorporates an unexpected amount of ‘randomness’, and
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Viruses have weirded us out since they were first discovered over a century ago, but are these microscopic protein pirates alive? You bet, if you’re prepared to think outside the box.   Good morning, MRS GREN School biology is commonly introduced with an acronym such as “MRS GREN” with the aim of teaching students some
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Hey, kids: Science can be sexy – super sexy. Just ask Dara Orbach, who has spent seven years studying dolphin vaginas, and her colleagues Patricia Brennan and Diane Kelly, who are some of the foremost experts on animal penises. They recently combined forces to solve the mystery of just how dolphins and other cetaceans do the deed, a task that