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One would assume that since humans and many animals tend to get stiffer and perhaps tougher as they reach adulthood, the same would be...

Managing crab and lobster catches could offer long-term benefits

A study has found that managing the density of crab and lobster pots at an optimum level increases the quality of catch, benefits the...

Extinct reptile discovery reveals earliest origins of human teeth, study finds

A new extinct reptile species has shed light on how our earliest ancestors became top predators by modifying their teeth in response to environmental...

Software aims to reduce food waste by helping those in need

A research team is testing a new online tool to provide food to those in need by reducing food waste.

Revised Brazilian forest code may lead to increased legal deforestation in Amazon

Researchers show that up to 15 million hectares of forest risk losing protection owing to a new clause in the law under which state...

Ancient relic points to a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

The temporary breakdown of Earth's magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts that led to global environmental change and mass extinctions, a...

Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica

The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been...

Historic space weather could clarify what’s next

Scientists have discovered an underlying repeatable pattern in how space weather activity changes with the solar cycle - having analysed solar activity for the...

Clearing up the ‘dark side’ of artificial leaves

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- out of the atmosphere, there is...

Ecologists develop a novel forensic tool for detecting laundering of critically endangered cockatoos

Ecologists have applied stable isotope techniques to determine whether birds in the pet trade are captive or wild-caught, a key piece of evidence required...

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