Australia’s ‘marsupial lion’ was a meat-ripping, tree-climbing terror
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Australia’s ‘marsupial lion’ was a meat-ripping, tree-climbing terror

First full reconstruction of Thylacoleo carnifex shows it tore apart its prey like a Tasmanian devil, had the bite strength of a lion, and climbed like a koala

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First direct evidence that later school day really does help teenagers
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First direct evidence that later school day really does help teenagers

Since Seattle high schools decided to start an hour later, students have been getting more sleep – and school attendance and grades have improved

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Bitcoin’s price is plummeting – will the cryptocurrency survive?
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Bitcoin’s price is plummeting – will the cryptocurrency survive?

Bitcoin investors have had a rough ride this year as the price of the cryptocurrency has tumbled, making it less economical to produce the coins

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Quantum network joins four people together for encrypted messaging
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Quantum network joins four people together for encrypted messaging

A multi-user quantum network shows that secure quantum links between several people at once could be possible using standard telecommunications equipment

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Acne study reveals genes for hair follicles are partly to blame
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Acne study reveals genes for hair follicles are partly to blame

The genes involved in producing hair follicles are partly to blame for acne, according to an analysis of the DNA of over 5000 people with severe acne

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Endangered relative of the hedgehog may be thriving in Vietnam
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Endangered relative of the hedgehog may be thriving in Vietnam

The Hainan gymnure is a stinky but spine-free relative of the hedgehog that we thought was rare – a new discovery in northern Vietnam suggests we were wrong

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Coral likes to make its ocean home in places with noisy neighbours
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Coral likes to make its ocean home in places with noisy neighbours

As larvae, corals drift around the ocean searching for somewhere to live – and they seem to appreciate a spot in an area full of loud fish

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Monkeys chill out just from seeing their friends being groomed
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Monkeys chill out just from seeing their friends being groomed

Barbary macaques became more relaxed and friendlier after seeing another macaque being groomed – a finding that may help explain ‘head orgasm’ videos

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When humans are wiped from Earth, the chicken bones will remain
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When humans are wiped from Earth, the chicken bones will remain

When humans have vanished from Earth, one of the most enduring marks of our impact will be the sudden appearance of copious chicken bones in the fossil record

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Major companies are using AI to decide who you speak to on the phone
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Major companies are using AI to decide who you speak to on the phone

When you ring a call centre, an AI could be deciding which person will speak to you, based on their ability to influence your decisions

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Vibrating crystal made of 10 billion atoms smashes quantum record
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Vibrating crystal made of 10 billion atoms smashes quantum record

Testing increasingly large objects proves that quantum mechanics works at larger scales - a finding that could help build quantum computers

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Drone owners in India must get government approval before every flight
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Drone owners in India must get government approval before every flight

A law designed to open up civilian access to the skies in India overturns a ban on drones, but only by giving the government automated control over when…

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First close-up look shows asteroid Bennu is a holey watery world
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First close-up look shows asteroid Bennu is a holey watery world

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at Bennu on 3 December, and its first results show that the asteroid is chock-full of water and covered in huge boulders

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Egyptian authorities investigate ‘forbidden’ Great Pyramid sex photo
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Egyptian authorities investigate ‘forbidden’ Great Pyramid sex photo

Egyptian authorities are reportedly investigating after a Danish photographer posted a photograph of himself and a woman in a sexual pose apparently on top of the Great Pyramid…

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Spray-on gel slows down the regrowth of tumours after cancer surgery
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Spray-on gel slows down the regrowth of tumours after cancer surgery

A spray applied to the wound left by cancer surgery encourages the immune system to attack any cancer cells the surgeons left behind, a study in mice has…

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The Great Barrier Reef is fighting back by losing weak species
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The Great Barrier Reef is fighting back by losing weak species

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef appears to be getting better at coping with heatwaves overall, as stronger species take over where vulnerable ones get wiped out

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City living makes urban male frogs far more attractive to females
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City living makes urban male frogs far more attractive to females

Urban male túngara frogs have evolved more elaborate mating calls than their rural brothers, which make them much better at attracting a mate

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The most comfortable running shoes may actually increase injury risk
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The most comfortable running shoes may actually increase injury risk

Shoes with extra padding are meant to prevent impact-related injuries, but they may do the opposite by making our legs stiffer when we run

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Brain scans reveal why your brain forgets details
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Brain scans reveal why your brain forgets details

The way we store and retrieve memories prioritises abstract context over specific details, which might help us learn general lessons from our experiences

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Interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua slipped by NASA space telescope unseen
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Interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua slipped by NASA space telescope unseen

The Spitzer Space Telescope failed to spot ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object we’ve ever seen, but we were still able to learn something about this strange space rock

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China is about to launch a mission to explore the far side of the moon
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China is about to launch a mission to explore the far side of the moon

The Chang’e 4 mission, launching on 7 December, will place both a lander and a rover on the far side of the moon, where no spacecraft has ever…

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