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  • The carbon emissions from lugging coal around can be much higher than thought - up to a third as much as is emitted when the stuff is burned

  • We already knew that lunar dust is highly abrasive, but now it seems minerals in the dust can easily react with human cells and release large amount of toxins

  • A method for 3D printing minuscule objects produces them at a larger size and then shrinks them to one thousandth of the original volume

  • Politicians like the newly-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are now taking climate change seriously, but even an ambitious plan to remake the economy may not be enough

  • Richard Branson's space tourism firm says it has finally made a flight to the edge of space - though the craft did not reach the currently accepted definition of 100 kilometres up

  • Last century, tens of thousands of children were given growth hormone from dead bodies. Evidence is building that this may have raised their risk of Alzheimer’s disease

  • We can now predict what changes the CRISPR gene editing technique will make to targeted DNA - a finding that will make the tool more powerful than ever before

  • Many people carry Neanderthal DNA that can affect brain cell growth and the insulation around neurons – and that may have a small impact on brain performance

  • Extinct animals called stylophorans have caused confusion for decades, but fossils with preserved soft tissue reveal that they were relatives of starfish

  • First full reconstruction of Thylacoleo carnifex shows it tore apart its prey like a Tasmanian devil, had the bite strength of a lion, and climbed like a koala

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