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Our home spiral arm in the Milky Way is less wimpy than thought

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
A new map of the spirals that make up our home galaxy shows that rather than being a dim backwater, the arm that hosts the solar system is just as spectacular as the others

Ancient bee fossil reveals secrets of human ancestor’s habitat

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
A fossilised bee’s nest found near a revolutionary early human fossil can tell us more about the habitat the hominin lived in and how it got preserved

Bouncy bone can be 3D-printed to become a universal repair kit

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Cheap and easy to make into any shape, "hyperelastic bone" could repair any kind of bone, from fractures to facial reconstruction

Budgies reveal the rule that means birds never collide in flight

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Birds have a trick for avoiding head-on collisions – now we know what it is, we could teach autonomous drones to do the same

Uber and Google race against car firms to map the world's cities

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Big tech firms are competing with traditional car companies like Ford to map our world in the detail required to get driverless cars on the road

Camera spots your hidden prejudices from your body language

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
A computer scrutinised people's behaviour for signs of hidden biases and may help psychologists study interactions between people

Cave fires and rhino skull used in Neanderthal burial rituals

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
The remains of fires encircling the grave of a Neanderthal toddler contain animal horns and a rhino skull that seem to have been placed there in a funerary ritual

The truth about porn: why masturbation won't kill your sex life

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Has online pornography created a generation of impotent young men with a dangerous addiction to extreme images? Clare Wilson investigates

‘I felt like such a slave’: Why one man gave up porn for good

September 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Anti-pornography campaigner Alexander Rhodes, founder of "porn addiction" site NoFap, says "we want people to make educated decisions about how to use their genitals"

Soil isn’t sexy but we need to dig in and help conserve it

September 28, 2016 - 10:02am
The dirt beneath our feet, vital to food production and biodiversity, is under threat like never before. We need new laws to save it, says Molly Scott Cato

Everything you wanted to know about ‘3-parent’ babies

September 28, 2016 - 9:30am
Why is it such a big deal? How controversial is the technique? Is it safe? We have all your questions answered

Sound blasts could keep whales away from wind farm construction

September 28, 2016 - 8:29am
Underwater electronic pulses are being tested to keep minke whales in the North Sea from swimming towards the dangers posed by offshore wind farm building sites

Elon Musk’s spectacular plan to colonise Mars lacks substance

September 28, 2016 - 3:20am
The SpaceX founder wants the first humans on Mars by 2024, but his showboating scheme is lacking in both details and funds, says Lisa Grossman

Climate change could destroy wild relatives of cereals by 2070

September 27, 2016 - 4:01pm
With their ability to adapt to climate change outstripped by the rate of global warming, the wild relatives of many grasses may be doomed

Plastic flower blooms thanks to its own internal molecular clock

September 27, 2016 - 8:00am
Shape-shifting putty that can morph at a given time without an external trigger may be useful for creating medical implants that transform inside the body

No, NASA hasn’t changed the zodiac signs or added a new one

September 27, 2016 - 7:34am
Astrology fans should realise that the star signs they love have long been out of date, as NASA and astronomers occasionally point out, says Phil Plait

Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique

September 27, 2016 - 7:04am
A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new version of a controversial technique that uses DNA from three people

Swarm of voracious comb jellies threatens fish off Italian coast

September 27, 2016 - 2:57am
The notorious sea creature shipped around by ballast waters devastated Black Sea fisheries in the 1990s. Now it's found a new home off the coast of Italy

Plumes spotted on Europa raise hopes that we can taste its ocean

September 26, 2016 - 11:17am
We've caught Jupiter's icy moon spitting into space a second time - which means it could be easy for a future spacecraft to scoop up a sample and find life

Why tonight’s debate is ‘narcissist’ Trump v ‘liar’ Clinton

September 26, 2016 - 10:24am
How come public perception of the leading US presidential candidates is so strongly shaped by just two words, wonders Christian Miller