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Chimpanzees hunt for fruit in video game to test navigation skills

Testing how chimpanzees navigate in virtual environments could help researchers understand why they prefer certain routes in the wild over…

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Was warfare responsible for the origin of complex civilisation?

An effort to track global changes in human society over the past 10,000 years concludes that warfare drove an increase…

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You’re more likely to become friends with someone who smells like you

We subconsciously sniff people when we first meet them and are more likely to become friends with those who have…

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In the Balkans, researchers mobilize to protect a wild river

Five years ago, researchers from across Europe converged on a cold, fast-moving river in the highlands of Albania for a…

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AI-powered robot learned to make letters out of Play-Doh on its own

A robot that learned to manipulate clay to make letters of the alphabet without any training could one day make…

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Antibubbles have been made to last a record-breaking 13 hours

Shaking antibubbles – droplets of liquid encased in a thin layer of air – prevents them from popping for several…

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Hummingbirds may be the world’s most colourful birds

A study of 116 species of hummingbird suggests the group is collectively more colourful than any other type of bird…

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Amazon reviews saying candles are scentless may signal covid-19 cases

A loss of smell is a key covid-19 symptom, with researchers finding a link between increasing coronavirus cases in the…

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Reddit moderators do $3.4 million worth of unpaid work each year

Volunteers who maintain the standard of content on Reddit’s forums do 466 hours of work every day – labour that…

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UK’s largest carbon capture project will turn CO2 into baking soda

Tata Chemicals Europe’s plant at Northwich will eventually capture 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year for use in making…

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