Releasing rescued orangutans into the wild doesn’t boost populations
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Releasing rescued orangutans into the wild doesn’t boost populations

Life 19 January 2020 By Shreya Dasgupta Orangutans in the wild in Kalimantan, the Indonesia part of the island of BorneoMarc AncrenazThe number of Bornean orangutans is dwindling,…

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Scientists made a bow tie-shaped molecule and it changes colour
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Scientists made a bow tie-shaped molecule and it changes colour

By Alice Klein Looking smartHuan Cong, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, ChinaChemists have constructed a bow tie-shaped molecule that changes colour under different conditions. It could be…

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Watch the first ever video of a chemical bond breaking and forming
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Watch the first ever video of a chemical bond breaking and forming

Physics 17 January 2020 By Layal Liverpool Chemical bonding is one of chemistry’s most fundamental conceptsToshiyuki Shirai/EyeEm/Getty ImagesA chemical bond between two metal atoms has been filmed breaking…

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A special kind of nose cell may trigger allergic reactions
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A special kind of nose cell may trigger allergic reactions

Health 17 January 2020 By Layal Liverpool We don’t know why some people who have allergies lose their sense of smellRuslan Nassyrov / Alamy Stock PhotoMice have tens…

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Chinese Chang’e 4 engineer explains how to garden on the moon
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Chinese Chang’e 4 engineer explains how to garden on the moon

Space 17 January 2020 By Donna Lu Xie Gengxin and a replica of his lunar gardenDonna LuChina’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander captivated global attention when a cotton seed…

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The Goop Lab on Netflix shows how easy it is to fall for bad science
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The Goop Lab on Netflix shows how easy it is to fall for bad science

By Clare Wilson Gwyneth Paltrow is the owner of alternative health company GoopAdam Rose/NetflixPsychic readings, energy healing and vampire facials are just a few of the adventures had…

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Benzodiazepine prescriptions reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US
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Benzodiazepine prescriptions reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US

By Jessica Hamzelou Benzodiazepine drugs tend to be prescribed for anxietySasimoto/iStockphoto/Getty ImagesBenzodiazepine drugs are prescribed at about 66 million doctor appointments a year in the US, according to…

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Microsoft says it will cut emissions to be carbon negative by 2030
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Microsoft says it will cut emissions to be carbon negative by 2030

Environment 16 January 2020 By Leah Crane Microsoft aims to remove more carbon from the environment than it emits by 2030Robert Evans/Alamy Stock PhotoMicrosoft has big climate ambitions.…

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A robot equipped with real pigeon feathers flies like a living bird
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A robot equipped with real pigeon feathers flies like a living bird

Technology 16 January 2020 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Flying highLentink Lab/Stanford UniversityA robot that resembles a pigeon and can make tight turns like real birds may point to…

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AI suggests Earth has had fewer mass extinctions than we thought
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AI suggests Earth has had fewer mass extinctions than we thought

By Michael Le Page Fossils of trilobites, one of the species diminished but not lost during the Devonian periodKevin Schafer/Alamy Stock PhotoThe best record yet of how biodiversity…

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