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Chimps that mash potatoes challenge our understanding of tool use

Parandis Majlesi (Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Norway)

By Michael Marshall

Chimps have spontaneously figured

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Ancient Egyptians feasted on sweet watermelons at least 3500 years ago



Humans



21 May 2019

We've been enjoying sweet watermelons for thousands of years

We’ve been enjoying watermelons for thousands of years

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By Michael Le Page

Did ancient Egyptian children compete to see who could spit seeds the furthest as they ate watermelons? It seems likely, because thanks to some DNA detective work we now know f

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Sea level rise could hit 2 metres by 2100 – much worse than feared



Environment



20 May 2019

Greenland ice sheet

Sea level rises could be worse than previously expected

Ashley Cooper pics / Alamy Stock Photo

By Adam Vaughan

The world’s coastal cities have been warned to prepare for the possibility of a sea level

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Who should I vote for in the 2019 European elections?

Populist parties look set to make big gains in the European elections – but think twice about voting for them if you care about climate and the environment



Environment


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20 May 2019

Josie Ford

By Debora MacKenzie

Later this week, the people of 28 countries will vote to elect their representatives in the European Parliament for the next five years. One of them, the UK, has been brought to the ballot box kicking and screaming, having voted to leave the European Union and its directly elected assembly almost three year

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Axions may or may not exist – but we’re not just making things up

Are we just making things up? | Everything theoretical physicists do is speculative, and likely wrong, except for the things we get right



Physics


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15 May 2019

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By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

RECENTLY, I visited a prestigious physics department and gave a presentation about my research on a particle called the axion. Fifteen minutes in, a member of the department interrupted me to insist, “Isn’t the axion just a matter of speculation? Shouldn’t you say that?” I had been warned by the graduate students to beware this particular professor, who has a habit of rudely interrupting talks to a

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