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Male stickleback fish are bolder and more willing to take risks than females, say scientists.
The oldest human footprints in North America have been dated for the first time and could help scientists to understand what Mexico's climate was like 7000 years ago.
For the first time scientists have tracked how one of the deadliest volcanic hazards moves over time.
Governments being forced to choose between preventing climate change or averting a financial crisis, carbon solar cells as an alternative source of energy and accelerated loss of rhinos and elephants are among 15 conservation ...
For the first time scientists have learnt how the largest four-legged dinosaurs got from A to B.
Sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling can lift your mood without posing much risk to the environment, according to a new survey.
The 2011 Japan tsunami, which killed up to 20,000 people and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, was made worse by an underwater landslide, according to scientists.
Burying beetles that have been in contests for food and resources previously will spend more time assessing their opponent but this cautious behaviour doesn't mean they're more likely to win, say scientists.
Grazing herbivores play a major role in maintaining savannah landscapes, say scientists.
A new study has provided the first comprehensive insight into how snake venom evolved into the sophisticated cocktail of different proteins it is today.