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Vervet monkeys have three different alarm calls depending on the threat and the nature of the evasive response

This week it was revealed the babbler bird communicates using language

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Spiders were already known to take to the air on 'ballooning' flights

Scientists discovered that sailing arachnids even use their silk as an anchor

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Galaxies and atoms will be torn apart

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Hillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
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The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
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Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the lungs

Scientists said it was the first time in more than 20 years of research on the cystic fibrosis gene that anyone has shown definite advantages of gene therapy

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Scientists have identified an enzyme known as RhNUDX1 which plays a key role in producing the sweet fragrance of roses

A new pathway in the petals has been discovered which produces a fragrance that could be re-introduced into rose varieties that have lost their smell

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Experiments with plastic 3D printed seahorse tails have revealed that its 36 square segments provide a better grip on seaweed and corals

'We can learn a lot from animals that will inspire the next generations of robotics'

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Climate change could wipe out female lizards entirely, experts have warned

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Scarlett Johansson played a humanlike alien in 'Under the Skin'

The author said extra-terrestrials that resemble human beings should have evolved on some of the many Earth-like planets that have been discovered

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Odd couple: Gunther von Hagens and his wife, Angelina Whalley, in Berlin this year at the opening of the first Bodyworlds museum
Jeremy Laurance meets the controversial champion of human plastination and dissection
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The findings support the idea that increased height and cognitive ability have been positively selected for by evolution over many generations. File photo

Scientists found that height and general intelligence appear to be increasing as a result of the mixing of DNA

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Exploding solar flare is captured by Nasa

Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured images of an arching eruption on the surface of the Sun

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Scientists say an initial period of platonic friendship allows couples to overlook the less desirable physical attributes of their future partner

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Geologists believe that objects up to 450ft in diameter hit Earth every 100 to 300 years

There have been a few near misses over the years, but what would we do in the event of an actual meteor strike? On the world's first Asteroid Day, Nina Burleigh discovers that Nasa has already commissioned a team of 'planetary defenders' for whom the question is not if but when.

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Robert Downey Jr in ‘Iron Man 3’. The superhero has data sent to his field of vision

The researchers say it is possible to use holographic projections to provide extra information on objects in a person’s visual field in real time

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Scientists studying the vocal noises made by the chestnut-crowned babbler have shown that it uses combinations of different sounds that on their own are meaningless but when combined convey a certain message to other members of the species

The chestnut-crowned babbler uses combinations of different sounds that, when combined, convey a certain message to other members of the species

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This month, the sky is lit up by two full Moons

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Male academic scientists were found to be far more likely than women to get to the top of their profession

At some institutions the difference can be as high as about £21,000

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The number one is the oldest number we have

The question was central to a dispute between ConvaTec and Smith & Nephew

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The photographer Daniel Stier has spent four years gaining access to some of the world's most curious scientific experiments. Just what are these researchers up to, wonders Gillian Orr
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Councils are spending millions of pounds on controversial lie-detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters

Critics claim polygraphs are scientifically flawed and inaccurate

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Sunbathers by the Serpentine

High summer may be in full swing - but poll finds widespread public ignorance of meaning of labels on creams and lotions

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Bill Gates plans to double his own investment in green technologies to nearly £1.3bn

The world’s richest man said he planned to double his own investment in green technologies to nearly £1.3bn

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The huge cluster of newly-discovered spiders could prove attractive to scientific researchers from across the world

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