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Paw choice? Cats show right and left-hand preferences

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Remember Pioneer 10? Test your knowledge of space probe missions

Fifteen years ago today, scientists at Nasa received the final faint signals from Pioneer 10, the… Read more

Blood test could use DNA to spot eight of the most common cancers, study shows

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Starwatch: the moon and a pair of star clusters

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Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?

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Hot or not? Bikram no more beneficial than any other yoga, says vascular study

While the popularity of practising yoga in sweltering rooms is booming around the world,… Read more

Gene edited crops should be exempted from GM food laws, says EU lawyer

Gene editing technologies should be largely exempted from EU laws on GM food, although individual… Read more

Flushing out 'zombie cells' could help stave off Parkinson's, study suggests

In work that could open a new front in the war on Parkinson’s disease, and even ageing itself,… Read more

How do we smell? Terrible! Food sources might affect how we describe scent

If describing a smell leaves you struggling to find the right words, it might be down to how you… Read more

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say

Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely… Read more