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  • Evidence of the first early bread suggests humans were baking with wheat and oats thousands of years before they began farming the cereals

  • The UK government is funding the development of spaceports in Scotland and Cornwall, but plans for US firms to launch small satellites could run afoul of US export laws

  • A study has found that CRISPR can delete large chunks of DNA, suggesting it could cause cancer if used to treat diseases by editing many cells in the body

  • Researchers have developed a sticky sheet that could allow a wirelessly-powered LED chip to be stuck inside the body to deliver "photodynamic therapy"

  • The flurry of cabinet resignations in the aftermath of the Chequers agreement leaves the UK at serious risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal

  • The worker bees that form “hot defensive bee balls” are effectively kamikaze fighters, with the heat from the ball shortening their life expectancy

  • AIs that can match humans at abstract reasoning would be very useful, but testing them is difficult. Now Google DeepMind says it has a solution

  • Minuscule machines that act as sensors in smartphones and other devices can be made from crystals extracted from discarded wood instead of silicon

  • Wounds and burns could one day be treated by the material spiders use to make their webs

  • Ireland is set to become the first country to sell off all its investments in fossil fuels, but efforts to limit global warming must go much further

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