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What are you looking at? People follow each other's gazes, but without a ...
On an uneventful day, five passers-by in busy Oxford shopping street suddenly stop and look upwards. They have spotted a camera mounted on a nearby roof, pointed straight at them.
Kangaroos have three vaginas
We interrupt your regularly scheduled news programming to bring you this wonderful piece of trivia about kangaroo genitals. Regular readers will know of my love for Inside Nature's Giants, the British documentary where anatomists cut up large animals ...
Neurons in a pigeon's brain respond to magnetic fields
Of all the super-senses that animals possess, the ability to sense the Earth's magnetic field must be the most puzzling. We've known that birds can do it since the 1960s, but every new attempt to understand this ability - known as magnetoreception ...
Scientists crawl into tower of poo to understand reasons for swift decline
For some scientists, an academic career can feel like crawling into a tower of crap. For other scientists, an academic career actually involves crawling into a tower of crap.
Spotted bowerbirds get more sex by cultivating fruit
The sexual success of the male spotted bowerbird depends on his gardening skills. In his patch of forest, where he displays to mates, he cultivates a small fruiting shrub called the 'bush tomato', with purple flowers and green fruit.
Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA
Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life's grand variety: DNA and RNA. They alone can store and pass on genetic information.
How 'superspreader' viruses invaded our genes
Around 8 to 10 per cent of your DNA comes from viral ancestors. These sequences are the remains of prehistoric viruses that inserted their DNA into the genes of our ancestors, hundreds of millions of years ago.
Bug becomes instantly resistant to insecticide by swallowing the right bacteria
Many insects eventually evolve to resist insecticides. This process typically takes many generations and involves tweaks to the insect's genes.
Isolated for millions of years, cave bacteria resist modern antibiotics
The caverns of Lechuguilla Cave are some of the strangest on the planet. Its acid-carved passages extend for over 120 miles. They're filled with a wonderland of straws, balloons, plates, stalactites of rust, and chandeliers of crystal.
Stickleback genome reveals detail of evolution's repeated experiment
Apathy, weary sighs, and fatigue: these are the symptoms of the psychological malaise that Carl Zimmer calls Yet Another Genome Syndrome.