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Life May Actually Be Getting Better At Evolving

In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was provocative. It tackled a long-running problem in evolutionary biology: we do

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Male Contraceptive Gel Effective In Monkeys, But Will It Work In Humans? – CNN

When it comes to contraception, there are no long-lasting, easily reversible options for men. The only choices are condoms or a vasectomy. But a new injectable gel that blocks sperm

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Nigeria’s Art Of Flowery Language – BBC

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers the art of Nigerian verbosity. My friends in the international media are perplexed by the

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Why Davos Won’t Change The World

What is “responsive and responsible leadership”? The World Economic Forum (WEF) is anointing this idea (or goal, or label, take your pick) as its theme for the 2017 Davos gathering.

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The Real Reason Why We Dance

If you watch the dazzling display of a male bird-of-paradise as he woos a potential mate, it is hard to call it anything but a dance. To make his moves

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How The Hoverboard Went From Fiction To Fact

The hoverboard may have only been a reality in Michael J Fox’s 1989 film Back to the Future II, but that didn’t stop a generation of youngsters wanting one –

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Why Bees Could Be The Secret To Superhuman Intelligence

Louis Rosenberg thinks he has found a way to make us all a lot smarter. The secret to this superhuman intelligence? Bees. Rosenberg runs a Silicon Valley startup called Unanimous AI,

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Why Vitamin Pills Don’t Work, And May Be Bad For You

For Linus Pauling, it all started to go wrong when he changed his breakfast routine. In 1964, at the age of 65, he started adding vitamin C to his orange

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What Has Gone Wrong For Nigeria’s President Buhari? – BBC News

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali, editor-in-chief of Nigeria’s Daily Trust paper, looks at why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone.

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Abuse And Poor Pay: The Reality Of African Footballers

A major survey into global football shows that life for the vast majority of African footballers is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of those lucky enough to

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