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Cold snap: Climate cooling and sea-level changes caused crocodilian retreat
Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodylian species over millions of years, according to new research.
Designer molecule shines a spotlight on mysterious four-stranded DNA
A small fluorescent molecule has shed new light on knots of DNA thought to play a role in regulating how genes are switched on and off.
Scientists solve mystery behind earthworm digestion
Scientists have discovered how earthworms can digest plant material, such as fallen leaves, that would defeat most other herbivores.
New tool could predict large solar storms more than 24 hours in advance
Large magnetic storms from the Sun, which affect technologies such as GPS and utility grids, could soon be predicted more than 24 hours in advance.
Fossil fuel emissions will complicate radiocarbon dating, warns scientist
Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years old.
Discovery of trigger for bugs' defenses could lead to new antibiotics
Scientists have exposed a chink in the armour of disease-causing bugs, with a new discovery about a protein that controls bacterial defences.
Traders' hormones' may destabilize financial markets
The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilise financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a study.
Prototype 'nanoneedles' generate new blood vessels in mice
Scientists have developed tiny 'nanoneedles' that have successfully prompted parts of the body to generate new blood vessels, in a trial in mice.
Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought
Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging.
Logging means ants, worms and other invertebrates lose rainforest dominance
Invertebrates perform essential functions for the smooth running of the ecosystems in tropical forests. For example, creatures such as termites and millipedes help dead leaves decompose and release their nutrients back into ...