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Blood test shows promise for detecting the deadliest cancers early

By Michael Le Page A blood test detects 50 types of cancerCavan Images/GettyA blood test developed and checked using blood samples from 4000 people can accurately detect more than 50 cancer types, often before any symptoms appear. It was most accurate at identifying 12 especially dangerous types, including pancreatic cancers that are usually diagnosed only…

Mysterious Iron Age site may have been a retreat for religious hermits

By James Urquhart The Šumava mountains in the Czech Republic are home to a mysterious site where Iron Age religious hermits may have retreatedSergey Fedoskin/Getty ImagesA small, mysterious site in the Czech Republic’s Šumava mountains could have been a nature retreat for religious hermits 2200 years ago. At 802 metres, it’s the country’s highest Late…

‘Bonehenge’: Stone Age structure of mammoth bones discovered in Russia

By Michael Marshall   A circular structure made of Stone Age mammoth bones may have been used for rituals or food storageA J E PryorA prehistoric circle made almost entirely of mammoth bones has been found in Russia. The “bonehenge” was built near the peak of the last glacial period, but it isn’t clear why.…

Meet Carlo, an ancient reptile who had part of his face bitten off

By Michael Marshall These giant marine reptiles from the dinosaur era had a nasty biteMR1805/Getty ImagesA giant marine reptile from the dinosaur era had part of its face bitten off, probably by another member of its species. The huge predator survived the attack, but it lost part of its jaw and developed a severe infection…

Twice as many UK citizens worried about climate change as 3 years ago

By Adam Vaughan The number of UK citizens worried over climate change has doubled in 3 yearsAlexandros Michailidis/AlamyThe number of people in the UK worried about climate change has doubled in just three years, in the latest sign that extreme weather events, declarations of climate emergencies and street protests are changing public attitudes. The research…

First new seeds put into Svalbard’s upgraded doomsday vault

By Adam Vaughan The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is open for deposits after upgradesGlobal Crop Diversity TrustHundreds of plant species around the world will be backed up today at a “doomsday vault” in the Arctic, the first deposit since an upgrade to futureproof the Norwegian facility against climate change. The seeds of onions from Brazil,…

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