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A typical limestone karst landscape in China. Tony V3112/Shutterstock

How special soil observatories in China are helping to create more sustainable agriculture

Soil degradation is a huge challenge for farmers around the world. But new research is showing how farmers can balance crop yields with protecting the environment.
Han Yuanyuan

How midnight digs at a holy Tibetan cave opened a window to prehistoric humans living on the roof of the world

Early humans called Denisovans lived in a remote mountain cave between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, and possibly longer still, raising intriguing questions about their relationship to modern humans.
Feeling itch is a warning from your skin. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do we itch?

Itch is usually caused by something harmful, or something our body assumes might be harmful when actually it’s not.
Pragmatism, not idealism, will give Brazil’s Atlantic forests the best chance of survival. Guilmann/Wikimedia Commons

We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems

Across the world, an area bigger than Russia is officially classed as “degraded land”. We’ll never restore its wildlife to what it was – but there are pragmatic steps we can take to improve things.
This pangolin was rescued in Thailand but most captive creatures aren’t so lucky. EPA

Pangolin: illegal medicine trade threatens these scaly mammals with extinction

Few people are familiar with the pangolin. It is a shy creature, about as big as a medium-sized dog, and its diet consists of ants and termites. Most distinctively, it has armoured plates and will curl…
So, you found my ancestors? Are you sure this time? epsos

Earliest evidence of cat domestication found in China

There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because we know little about their domestication. Now researchers have found the earliest case of cat…
Sufferers of internet disorder might find it starts to impose on real life, such as causing difficulties in socialising. Flickr/Fle

Five new mental disorders you could have under DSM-5

Since it was first published in 1952, the DSM has been the has been the diagnostic bible for many psychiatrists. Each time the manual is updated, new conditions are introduced, often amid much controversy…

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