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Smartphone experiment tracks whether our life story is written in our gut bacteria

Life events such as visiting another country or contracting a disease cause a significant shift in the make-up of the gut microbiota – the community …

Crows beat test that stumps little kids - Futurity

New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds (and better than children who are 4 to 6) on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks.

New Books Party: books received this week

Lots of fabulous books to tell you about this week! These fascinating new titles will certainly keep me busy reading for the next few weeks!<p>Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or books that I purchased during my …

Live Well: Avoid television after work and get a good night of sleep for clear memories

Live Well: Every week, The Telegraph rounds up the best of this week's scientific studies and developments which will help you live a happier, healthier, longer life<p>In the next instalment of our Live Well series – a summary of health news and advice published in the paper and online – this week we …

Human Geography

Q&A: Scientist Studied His Poop for a Year to Learn About Gut Bugs

Gut microbes may be key to human health, but tracking them proves a tough task.<p>Where would we be without our gut bugs? These bacteria help us do everything from digesting food to recovering from disease, but scientists are still learning exactly what gut bugs do, and even how to study them.<p>In the …

The owl who liked sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow

A gentle and moving memoir by a man who shared his seventh-floor London flat with an unlikely companion; a tawny owl<p>Unless you are Harry Potter, you probably don't live with an owl in your house. But writer Martin Windrow lived with his "one true owl" long before Harry met Hedwig, as we discover in …

How Your Bee-Friendly Garden May Actually Be Killing Bees

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.25.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 am. 9:00 am<p>Even as they try to help the bees, …

Methane release likely caused mystery crater on Yamal peninsula

A science team measured methane concentrations up to 50,000 times standard levels inside the crater.<p><b>UPDATE July 31, 2014.</b> Stories are popping up fast …

New to Nature No 128: Aetobatus narutobiei

A ray once considered a pest on the shores of Japan turns out to be two species – with serious implications for future conservation<p>Among marine animals, few groups face greater threats of extinction than chondrichthyan fishes – sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras. Overfishing is the greatest …

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

Cambridge scientist plans to develop device that would store electronic details and keep them secure<p>You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise …

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …