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A new model suggests that billions of years ago, Neptune was wrenched from its orbit by a close encounter with another planet.
A band of strangely tight-knit icy objects in the Kuiper belt has defied explanation. Now a simulation rewinding the solar system to its babyhood has an answer
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This adorable spider wears a stunning blue mask to court females.
Nicknamed 'blueface', these tiny creatures have just been discovered in bushland in Western Australia
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Planning to have three children? This model says you need to get started by age 23.pregnant-computer-knows-age-to-start-trying/
A computer model can give couples an idea of when to start trying for their first child, based on their desired family size and whether they'd consider IVF
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Anyone else scared the world would end Y2K? I'll trust my own instincts here. Lol
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It is difficult to tell how effective the vaccine really is, because the deadly virus only triggers mild symptoms in the animals.
After an outbreak of MERS in South Korea and fears of the virus coming to the UK, a vaccine gives hope – but its effectiveness in humans remains uncertain
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The Black Death killed about 60 per cent of Europe’s population. That’s surprising as recent plague outbreaks weren’t as devastating.
About 60 per cent of the European population succumbed to the Black Death – perhaps because health in general was in poor shape in the 14th century
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The World Wildlife Fund says that there are now around 3200 wild tigers, down from 100,000 a century ago.
Previous estimates said there were 440 tigers in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest, but more accurate camera traps survey suggests there are only 106
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Life on Earth could have been seeded by just one microbe-laden rock. But testing this idea is difficult.
Using future telescopes to map exoplanets where life may exist could help test the panspermia theory - that life can cross space and take root on new worlds
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The meaningless destruction of Cecil and the headlines it is provoking may be the catalyst needed to secure action to end lion trophy hunting, says William Travers of the Born Free Foundation.
Fury at the slaying of a well-known African lion by a trophy hunter can be the catalyst to curb the destruction of iconic wildlife, says William Travers
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All but one of the main trackers of global surface temperature have shown more than 1 °C of warming relative to the second half of the 19th century.
The UN wants to limit warming to 2 °C, but we are already halfway to this threshold, exclusive analysis for New Scientist finds
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Better stop the sun since it bears 95% of global warming fault
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If there are no new cases by August 11, the entire continent will have been polio-free for a year.
The World Health Organisation is doing its final checks and could declare Nigeria officially free of polio by September. Somalia could be next
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People wake under general anaesthetic about once in every 19,000 cases.
The brain balances between stable and unstable states to maintain consciousness - a pattern that could help prevent people waking up on the operating table
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The crash was a result of co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking the spacecraft’s descent system too early, but there were no warnings or limitations on the spacecraft controls to prevent this.
The co-pilot deployed the craft's wings too early, but the company should have mitigated the risk – and the FAA should have spotted that they hadn't
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