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‘Pristine’ landscapes haven’t existed for thousands of years due to human activity

‘Pristine’ landscapes simply do not exist anywhere in the world today and, in most cases, have not existed for at least several thousand years, says a new study in the journal PNAS. An exhaustive review of archaeological data from the …

A peachy defence system for seeds

ETH chemists are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its peers. Don’t eat the core, it’s poisonous: it’s …

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed. A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there …

Self-driving truck acts like an animal

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are finding inspiration in evolution’s biological counterparts in the development of a driverless truck. The first public demonstration of the vehicle will take place on a Dutch motorway on 28 May. That’s when the …

Uncovering the secrets of Arctic seabird colonies

Seabirds nest by the hundreds of thousands in colonies along the Norwegian coast. Now, scientists have uncovered the factors that help determine the location of seabird nesting colonies. Ninety per cent of Norway’s two million pairs of cliff-nesting seabirds are …

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