Herakles – a hero for all ages

16 Apr 2015

An exhibition that reimagines Greek hero Herakles as a 19th century colonist in New Zealand will open at the Museum of Classical Archaeology tomorrow (April 17).

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Mountain gorilla genome study provides optimism about population numbers

09 Apr 2015

An international research project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into the impact of population decline on these critically endangered apes. While mountain gorillas are extensively inbred and at risk of extinction, research published today in Science finds more to be optimistic about in their genomes than expected.

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Distance running may be an evolutionary ‘signal’ for desirable male genes

08 Apr 2015

New research shows that males with higher ‘reproductive potential’ are better distance runners. This may have been used by females as a reliable signal of high male genetic quality during our hunter-gatherer past, as good runners are more likely to have other traits of good hunters and providers, such as intelligence and generosity.

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Large Hadron Collider restarts after two years

07 Apr 2015

After two years of intense maintenance and consolidation, and several months of preparation for restart, the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, is back in operation after a major upgrade.

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