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Flowers killed dinosaurs, the asteroid just finished them off

A new analysis doesn't dispute that a space rock wiped out the thunder lizards, but finds that some nasty angiosperms were already doing them in.<p>There's strong scientific evidence to suggest an ancient asteroid impact off the coast of Mexico wiped out the dinosaurs, but new research suggests the …

Dinosaurs

I'm blind and deaf, and I've explored 127 countries alone – here's what I've learnt

Close your eyes, cover your ears, now go and tour Rome on your own. It’s a prospect that seems infeasible, and yet voyaging the world solo while blind and mostly deaf is exactly what Tony Giles does, and he’s almost certainly better travelled than you are.<p>The Devon-based author and explorer, who …

The porgs in Star Wars are a perfect example of natural selection

Are porgs possible? The new film <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> has introduced the world to the fantastically cuddly sea birds—inspired by the real-life puffins that kept wandering onto set—along with invented animals ranging from crystal-covered foxes to gigantic space horses. Just as physicists have had …

Police wait for snake to cross the road, and nope

Welp, this is a long snake.<p>Two policemen in Australia have come across probably the longest snake you'll see in a while, during a night patrol north …

Autumn in the UK: Pictures

England

Ancient tree which tore itself apart only to regrow 'most complicated' ever found

An ancient tree with multiple trunks that split apart and then repaired itself as it grew has been declared one of the most complicated ever discovered.<p>Fossils from the 374-million-year-old cladoxlopsid from north-west China reveals an intricate web of trunks that would have appeared like a …

Raccoons Have Passed an Ancient Intelligence Test by Knocking It Over

They don't need no rules.<p>Intelligence is a fickle thing. If you give a crow a puzzle, it could try to solve it. If you give a puzzle to a raccoon, a …

Cognitive Science

Can This Weird Shark Show Us How to Live for Centuries?

By unlocking the secrets of the Greenland Shark's extreme longevity, scientists hope to be able to extend human life spans.<p>For thousands of years, we’ve been searching for a way to extend our lives — without much luck. The average human lifespan in developed countries has more than doubled from 37 …

Biology

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels …

Built Environment