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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

Oliver Cromwell during the third English civil war. A study has found that a warmer world will cause more inter-group conflict and civil wars

Fewer resources, greater stress, more disasters: Climate change linked to violence among people and societies

Review of 61 accounts concludes that personal disputes and wider civil conflicts increase significantly with weather changes

British gorilla expert Dr Ymke Warren murdered in Cameroon after chef she sacked hired a hitman

Inquest in Westminster hears how the unruly member of conservation site staff bore a grudge after he was fired for getting into fights and having an affair with a volunteer

A patient undergoes radiotherapy treatment

Cancer treatment breakthrough? Scientists reveal hope for protecting patients from radiotherapy and chemotherapy

Drugs shield sensitive gastrointestinal tract from toxic effects

Scientists grow an ear from living tissue

The organs are made in the laboratory in the hope of using them to replace the damaged or missing body parts of patients

The 'Llullaillaco Maiden' mummy was found in 1999 in what is now north-west Argentina

Drugs and alcohol in child victim reveal sacrificial secrets of the Incas

Analysis of mummy's hair by UK team shows teenage girl was given coca and alcohol before ritualistic death

Gibbons, swans, French angelfish and humans can all be monogamous

Humans evolved monogamous relationships to stop men killing rivals' babies, says study

Only about 3 per cent of mammal species are monogamous and it has been a puzzle as to why it evolved in some monkeys and apes but not others

Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much

The technology is currently only in the prototype stage but future developments would fit inside a cavity

An undated image of the human brain taken through scanning technology. REUTERS/Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California

An 'empathy switch' allows psychopaths to feel at will

New study tested psychopathic prisoners by asking them watch video clips showing pain

The anti-shark wetsuit that's been created by scientists from the University of Western Australia Oceans Institute and Shark Attack Mitigation Systems

'Don't eat me!' - anti-shark wetsuits created in Australia

Wetsuits designed to make wearer more safe in shark-infested waters

Scientists have successfully implanted false memories into mice

Is it Inception? Total Recall? No, science fact: False implanted in mice brains

Scientists manipulate brains of mice to make them think fake event really occurred

Scientists discover the molecule responsible for causing feelings of depression

Protein receptor is found to release hormones that can cause anxiety and depression

Monitoring officers Emily Huntingford, Sally Richardson and Imogen Nicholson and Fisheries officer Laura Bullock of the Environment Agency search a remaining pool of water in the dried bed of the River Teme, in north Herefordshire, for fish that have become trapped due to falling water levels falling

Heatwave Britain: Lousy weather for fish - stand by for 33C highs

Humid air heading up from France as we head for another sweltering Wednesday

A pill that does the exercise for you? Let's hope lazy, overweight people don't take advantage

The problem is that it won't just be used by disabled people. It will also be used by fat people who cannot be bothered to jog. And that bothers me.

Down's syndrome is the most common chromosome defect

Scientists switch off chromosome for first time, raising hope for possible Down's treatment

The first steps towards genetic therapy for Down's syndrome children have been taken in a study showing that it is possible to turn off the entire extra chromosome in the cells of people suffering from the condition, scientists said.

Gas cloud 'stretched like spaghetti' by supermassive black hole

Through studying the cloud's death throes, scientists hope to learn more about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

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A fresh take on an old foe

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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