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Humans and birds share the same singing genes

Humans and birds share the same singing genes

It's not just great minds that think alike. Dozens of the genes involved in the vocal learning that underpins human speech are also active in some songbirds. And knowing this suggests that birds could become a standard model for investigating the genetics of speech production – and speech disorder

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Tidy Monkey Flosses Teeth

Tidy Monkey Flosses Teeth

Humans may be reluctant to floss their teeth, but this Japanese macaque doesn't seem to mind. A monkey in Japan flosses its teeth with its hair, demonstrating that humans aren't the only animals that clean their teeth and invent tools to help with the task. The flosser, a free-ranging, middle-

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Armies of ants keep New York squeaky clean

Armies of ants keep New York squeaky clean

The hot dog is a New York staple. But we are not the only ones who like a sausage in a bun. Armies of ants do a very important job – they clean up food litter left by messy eaters of hot dogs, cookies and potato crisps. In fact, ants and other arthropods on Manhattan's Broadway and West streets c

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Oldest Water on Earth Discovered

Oldest Water on Earth Discovered

Scientists have discovered the oldest water yet found on Earth, dating back to at least 1.5 billion years, in a Canadian mine. The discovery, made under the Timmins mine in Ontario, is important for understanding life on Earth and Mars, researchers said. Dr Greg Holland, of Lancaster Environme

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In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

Meditating really is a workout for the mind, according to scientists who have found it can make the brain bigger. Practising simple meditation techniques such as concentrating on your breathing helps build denser grey matter in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, controlling

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The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks

The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks

Frank Swain has been going deaf since his 20s. Now he has hacked his hearing so he can listen in to the data that surrounds us I AM walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, chil

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Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

4The European Space Agency's Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft made its nail-biting, history-making touchdown on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Mission controllers are still trying to determine whether Philae's harpoons fired to anchor it to the surface of the comet. The landing ended w

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Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 - and raised £1m for charity

Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 – and raised £1m for charity

A 77-year-old woman has spoken of her 30 year battle with breast cancer, in which she discovered a tumour almost every six years. Pam Corrigan discovered her first tumour in 1984 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has even had can

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... and Ben wins!

… and Ben wins!

A young boy who stars in the film Nativity 3 defied the odds to become an actor and dancer after doctors warned he may never walk or talk again after brain surgery. Ben underwent a nine-hour operation because the plates in his skull had not fused correctly after birth. The youngster, from Cannock,

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Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame. The treatment, a world first, was carrie

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