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Handheld device sequences human genome

Image copyright Oxford Nanopore Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome. They say the feat, detailed in the journal Nature Biotechnology, opens up exciting possibilities for using genetics in routine medicine. It is a far cry from the effort to sequence the first human […]

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Lost history of African dinosaurs revealed

Image copyright Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Image caption Reconstruction of the new dinosaur on a coastline in what is now the Western Desert of Egypt A new species of dinosaur found in the Egyptian desert is shedding light on Africa’s missing history of dinosaurs. Few fossils have been unearthed from the last […]

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Global register lists alien species

Image copyright SPL Image caption The American mink is an introduced species in the UK The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm. Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental […]

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Ariane rocket suffers rare launch anomaly

Image copyright Arianespace Image caption Everything looked fine as the rocket climbed away from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana Europe’s normally highly dependable rocket, the Ariane 5, experienced an anomaly during its latest launch. Telemetry from the vehicle was lost about nine minutes into its flight from French Guiana, shortly after its upper-stage began […]

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Modern humans left Africa much earlier

Image copyright Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv Uni Image caption The teeth are in the upper size range of what’s seen in modern humans Researchers have identified the remains of the earliest known modern humans to have left Africa. New dating of fossils from Israel indicates that our species (Homo sapiens) lived outside Africa around 185,000 […]

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Most UK bat species 'recovering or stable'

Image copyright John Altingham Image caption Bechstein’s bat: Some of the woodland species are not so easy to count The UK’s bats are holding their own, according to the most recent national survey. Of the 18 resident species, most are growing in number or are stable. It is evidence that protective measures introduced in recent […]