Ageing chimps value old friends
It’s a human trait we didn’t know they had.
As humans age they tend to favour small groups of old friends, where interactions are positive and stress-free. It...
Are women more moral than men?
They’re certainly fairer and more caring, study suggests.
Women score consistently more highly than men on moral dimensions of caring, fairness and purity, according to a comp...
Plague spread quickly in Medieval Europe
Documents reveal an increasing transmission rate.
The speed of plague transmission in London increased four-fold between the Black Death of 1348 and the Great Plague o...
Astronomers report two new space oddities
Death by spaghettification and a stellar peacock.
Astronomers have described not one but two rather rare sights in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societ...
Some clues to why Peter Pan discs exist
British astronomers reveal the ‘Neverland parameters’.
Peter Pan discs that seemingly “never grow up” have intrigued us since citizen scientists first made us aware of thei...
Early disc galaxy puts theories in a spin
It’s huge and distant, so how did it form?
Astronomers have found a massive rotating disc galaxy that formed just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, when the...
Megafauna fossils found in tropical Australia
Rich site suggests climatic change drove extinction.
More than 40,000 years ago, Australia’s tropical northeast was home to species of giant birds, reptiles and marsupial...
Fossil captures plants in transition
A new old species from an important time
Scientists have discovered an ancient plant species they say provides another piece in the evolutionary jigsaw. Th...
Earth ‘wobbled’ before two major earthquakes
It’s not clear, though, whether this will happen again.
The earth “wobbled” before two of the largest earthquakes in recent history, according to a new study, but it’s not c...
Worms programmed to die early
It appears to be all for the sake of the colony.
Here’s one for the evolutionary theorists. British researchers say they have found worms that are genetically pred...
Gondwana in amber
Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology.
An international team of palaeontologists has discovered an assortment of intact amber fossils in the Southern Hemisp...
Five vampire traits that exist in the real world
Count Dracula’s characteristics can be found in nature.
When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale creature, with fangs and a cloak. But were the cr...