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  • Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis

  • Pions are particles that usually decay very quickly. But right after the big bang, they could have made stars that last long enough for us to detect now

  • Psilocybin, a compound in magic mushrooms, may help treat depression in some people. Now speech analysis can indicate who would benefit the most

  • A review of the evidence on antidepressants has been hailed as the final word on these drugs, but questions remain for people with less severe depression

  • Since the end of the second world war a “long peace” has prevailed around the world, but far from being a new era in history it could just be a statistical fluke

  • Infants who eat fish are less likely to develop hay fever later on, a finding that suggests changing diets have played a role in rising allergy rates

  • The headline was that an ancient Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin, but the genetics of skin colour are so complex that we can’t be sure

  • Having a baby seems to be linked to shorter caps on the ends of a woman’s chromosomes – a sign of ageing that has been linked to disease and a shorter lifespan

  • We weren’t the only ancient artists – the discovery of 66,700-year-old cave art show our Neanderthal cousins also liked to draw

  • Growing mini tumours in the lab from a patient’s own cells could help doctors discover the best way to treat each person, homing in on the right drugs to use