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Meet 5 of Earth’s living fossils

These creatures have survived asteroids, earthquakes and ice ages across millions of years to walk and swim the Earth today The father of evolution, Charles Darwin, was the first to coin the term ‘living...

What is diplomatic immunity?

Discover how this blanket protection is supposed to help prevent international incidents Image source: Pixabay The rule of law means that no one is above the law – unless you’re a diplomat. As servants...

How have animals adapted to city life?

From pollution-proofing to takeaway snacking, these five animals have learned to live alongside us (Image credit: bigfoot/Pixabay) 1. Lizard toes Anole lizards have adapted to navigate Puerto Rican cities by acquiring more lamellae –...

How can you improve your memory?

(Image credit: Gerd Altmann/ Pixabay) Top tips for a better memory Pay attention To move information from your short-to long-term memory, paying attention and taking the time to understand information helps. Neural circuits that help build long-lasting...

The fossil hunters who hit the jackpot

Robin Ward and James Lockyer weren’t expecting to find a new dinosaur species when they visited the Isle of Wight last year. In March 2019 Lockyer discovered one of the dinosaur’s bones, and Ward...

Where does our sewage go?

From the moment you flush the toilet or pull the plug in the sink, follow the journey of wastewater (Image credit: Michal Jarmoluk/ Pixabay) In countries where water is readily available to us, we can...

How does animal armour work?

Discover how these thick-skinned species protect themselves in the wild Image source: Pixabay Trying to survive in the wild can be a tough game. Animals don’t always know when danger may leap out at...

How do worms dig?

These fleshy creatures perform an impressive physical feat to wiggle their limbless bodies through the soil (Image credit: Magyar/ Pixabay) As the soft, squishy, pink things you first encounter when you’re playing outside as a kid,...

How might space elevators work?

The idea of a lift to destinations beyond Earth’s atmosphere has been dreamt of by scientists for over a century Image credit: Getty Images Travelling into space, a prospect which once seemed an almost...