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World’s most venomous spiders are long lost cousins

You would not like to find these cousins hanging out in your home. These two groups of dangerous spiders carrying highly venomous toxins found are both found in Australia, and have been considered only distantly related until recently. San Diego State … Continued

We need more bees – and more bee species!

Whether we love them or we’re scared of them, we all know how important bees are to our ecosystem, and we really rely on them. Estimates suggest that a third of the food we consume relies on pollination primarily by … Continued

Gruesome parasitic wasp discovered in Costa Rica

A new wasp species discovered in Costa Rica has been found to cut its host open from the insides. The Dendrocerus scutellaris is as small as a sesame seed, but don’t let its size fool you – the crafty creepy … Continued

New Algorithm to Identify Vulnerable People in Natural Disasters

A new algorithm has been developed by the University of Waterloo to assist first responders and home care providers in helping the elderly during natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, and floods. The development comes after a World Health Organization … Continued

Meditation Won’t Make You A Better Person

Meditation has become part of a growing trend to encourage society to be more mindful, but does it make you a better person? The latest research reviewing over 20 studies on the subject seems to suggest that though the activity … Continued

Why is blue cheese blue?

We love blue cheese. Okay, half of our team love blue cheese. The other half can’t imagine how we can look at the fuzzy blue veins of mould and want to add it to our savoury biscuits. Blue cheese is … Continued

Mummies and Daddies: Egyptian Family Tree Revealed

A new DNA study has revealed that a pair of ancient Egyptian mummies, known as the Two Brothers, are actually half-brothers. The priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh were discovered in Egypt during an excavation led by British archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1907. Their tomb was … Continued

New cat study shows dominant paw preference

Researchers have discovered that female cats tend to have a dominant right paw, while males favour the left paw. Though unsure of the reasons for this preference, it’s been observed that whether they are stepping into the little box or … Continued

Scientists block the ‘siren call’ of aggressive cancers

Aggressive cancers like glioblastoma and metastatic breast cancers use a siren call that signals to the bone marrow to send over the resources needed for the tumours to thrive. A recent breakthrough has started testing a new treatment that aims at … Continued

A new long-acting malaria therapy has been developed. 

We have battled the microscopic parasite that causes malaria since the first humans walked the Earth. Today, the affliction infects hundreds of millions of people around the world and is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of children. There has … Continued

How Did People Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs?

The last known hieroglyphic inscription from ancient Egyptian times in the Temple of Philae in southern Egypt. It was written approximately 1600 years ago. Shortly after, this written language was lost to history forever and only lived on as the … Continued

10 Things Nobody Knew This Time Last Year

2017 has seen some incredible discoveries and some fantastic research that will shape the future of our world. It has been a year of innovation, creation, and determination. Here’s ten of the most important things we have learnt this year. … Continued