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Synthetic mouse embryos with brains and beating hearts grown using only skin cells

Synthetic embryo bore close resemblance to real mice embryos but were not exactly same

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Small pterosaurs ‘pole vaulted’ to flight from water, study suggests

Pterosaur’s webbed feet significantly impacted launch performance, scientists say

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Eating ultra processed foods like crisps and cookies ‘linked to increased risk of dementia’

Swapping a chocolate bar for an apple could cut the risk of dementia, research suggests

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Eating ultra processed foods like crisps and cookies ‘linked to increased risk of dementia’

Replacing ultra-processed foods with unprocessed or minimally processed foods was associated with a lower risk, researchers found.

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Scientists discover new giant crocodile species that lived 18 million years ago

Scientists have discovered two new crocodile species that lived between 18 and 15 million years ago and likely preyed on early humans, an advance that sheds more light on the evolution of the reptiles. These crocodiles, which may have grown to over 3.5m (12 ft) in size, formerly inhabited east Africa between 18 and 15 […]

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Female bears ‘may choose dens near humans to keep threat of males away’

Female bears sometimes choose to live closer to humans in a bid to keep themselves and their new-born cubs safe from male bears, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at changes in the habitat characteristics of dens used by females to give birth to cubs. Led by conservation experts at Nottingham Trent University and European […]

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Cats rescued from wildfires at higher risk of deadly blood clots, scientists warn

Cats rescued in California wildfires that suffered burns and smoke inhalation are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, say their new findings could change the standard of care that cats rescued from wildfires receive, and hopefully save more lives. The study, published last […]

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Dinosaurs took over planet amid cold that other reptiles couldn’t survive 200 million years ago, study finds

A mass extinction event about 202 million years ago that wiped out big reptiles of the time, coinciding with a series of sudden global chills, paved the way for dinosaurs to take over the planet, a new study has suggested. The research, based on recent excavations in the remote desert of northwest China’s Junggar Basin […]

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Study unravels mystery of how pandas became vegetarians around six million years ago

Scientists have found the earliest fossil evidence of a thumb-like sixth digit used by giant pandas to grip bamboo stems, an advance that suggests the bear’s vegetarian diet may have originated at least six million years ago. A greatly enlarged wrist bone called the radial sesamoid was discovered in fossils in southwest China’s Yunnan province […]

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Blood test could predict future risk of leukaemia, study suggests

A blood test could help better predict the risk of leukaemia in older people and ultimately improve early diagnosis of the disease, new research suggests. By identifying those most at risk it should be possible to provide preventive or early treatment to improve patient outcomes, experts say. In the UK, 28 new patients are diagnosed […]

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