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‘The ice sheet is in for a wild ride’: Greenland is seeing record ice loss

Greenland lost a net total of 166 gigatons of ice from September 2020 through August 2021. Overall, this loss is on par with recent decades – but the factors affecting that final number are more unusual, writes Kasha Patel

Neanderthal fossil may be earliest evidence of disease jumping from animals to humans

Scientists find evidence of brucellosis in the most studied Neanderthal fossil to be unearthed

Scientists perplexed by flesh-eating ‘vulture bees’ that have quit pollen to feed on dead bodies

Such bees enter into ‘novel associations’ with acid-loving bacteria, similar to those seen in vultures

Arctic Ocean started warming decades earlier than thought — and could worsen due to climate change

Arctic Ocean began warming rapidly at the beginning of last century by a process called Atlantification

The secret to the Vikings’ success may lie in their encampments

Viking encampments allowed them to leave their boats behind and use their positions to support themselves as they expanded, writes Christian Cooijmans

Why are giant pandas black and white? Here’s how we found out

Most mammals are a pretty boring when it comes to their colours but the giant panda is another story. Tim Caro, Nick Scott-Samuel and Ossi Nokelainen explain why this may be

Second lab owned by scandal-hit testing company facing allegations of misconduct

Exclusive: NHS tests have reportedly been processed at the site, where staff were forced to operate faulty machines and given improper protective equipment. Experts have called for the lab to be investigated

Scientists invent popcorn-based home insulation material that’s waterproof and biodegradable

The plant-based material is a sustainable alternative to current building insulation products

Prehistoric ‘penis worms’ were the first creatures to use discarded shells to avoid predators, study finds

Findings indicate key role of predators in shaping ecology and behaviour in very early stages of animal evolution, researchers say

Cancer cells strengthen by sucking mitochondria out of immune cells using ‘tiny tentacles’, study finds

Scientists say this is a completely new mechanism by which cancer cells evade the body’s immune system

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