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  • The giant black bee is the size of a human thumb, with a wingspan of 6 centimetres and fierce-looking mandibles

  • A critical security flaw called Spectre affecting nearly every computer is here to stay. According to Google there isn’t any software that can fix it

  • The moon has only ever been visited by government superpowers, but a small Israeli non-profit called SpaceIL is about to change that with its lunar lander

  • A report by the Committee on Climate Change, which advises the UK government, has said that the UK must tackle energy inefficient homes to meet climate targets

  • A protein found in the suckered arms of squid could help make biodegradable plastics and clothes that repair themselves

  • A tiny moon of Neptune called Hippocamp, first spotted in 2013, has probably been smashed up and reassembled around nine times in the last 4 billion years

  • Football players cover 30 per cent more ground during a match than they used to and they get injured more often too

  • We still don't know what 3000 of our protein-coding genes do, and people are reluctant to stump up the cash to find out

  • The turn of the decade saw a huge surge of interest in asteroid mining, but now this would-be industry has flopped. Can a tiny Japanese probe revive it?

  • Walking for 30 minutes on a treadmill in the morning reduced blood pressure for people for the rest of the day by as much as taking medication

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