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Ammonoids are an extinct group of marine mollusc animals, closely related to living coleoids such as octopuses and squid.

The name "ammonite", from which the scientific term is derived, was inspired by the spiral shape of their fossilised shells, which somewhat resemble tightly coiled rams' horns. These are a few stunning examples from our historical archives [ Link ]
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Turns out sea otters started using stones to crack open seashells a very long time ago [ Link ]

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools - BBC News
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03/25/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Natural defence schemes such as tree planting are not "a silver bullet" for stopping flooding, scientists warn [ Link ]

Can tree planting really help prevent more Cumbrian floods?
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03/25/2017 at 09:30. Facebook
Wonderful story. The UK secondary school student who found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data [ Link ]

UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error - BBC News
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03/24/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Male crabs try to attract a female partner by using their claws to advertise the size of their home, scientists have found.

A study by Anglia Ruskin University shows that male banana fiddler crabs wave their claw in the air, before switching to a drumming signal [ Link ]
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03/24/2017 at 08:30. Facebook
European mobility & the potential consequences of #Brexit, a new scientific study [ Link ] #ScienceIsGlobal
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03/23/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist, Daniel Bovet, best known for his 1937 discovery of antihistamines, born #onthisday 1907.

He won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of drugs that block the actions of specific neurotransmitters [ Link ]
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03/23/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
English geologist William Smith, credited with creating the first nationwide geological map, born #onthisday 1769 [ Link ]
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03/23/2017 at 08:45. Facebook
Emmy Noether, described by Einstein as the most important woman in the history of mathematics, born #onthisday 1882 [ Link ]
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03/22/2017 at 18:45. Facebook
A 430 million-year-old fossil discovered "frozen in time" in ancient volcanic rock has been named in honour of Sir David Attenborough.

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03/22/2017 at 14:15. Facebook
By placing cameras and tags on Hawaiian monk seals, scientists are now able to understand foraging behaviour [ Link ]
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03/22/2017 at 08:30. Facebook
Can human pheromones really influence our attraction to others? A new study by The University of Western Australia cast doubt. [ Link ]

Do human pheromones actually exist?
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03/21/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Ambidextrous elk may not know how to put the best hoof forward — but they are linked to bolder personalities, flexible behaviours and a changing migration pattern, says University of Alberta study [ Link ]

Ambidextrous elk linked to bolder personalities, less migration: U of A study
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03/21/2017 at 08:30. Facebook
The 400 million year old fossil deposit revealing secrets of life’s conquest of the land [ Link ]

Exquisitely preserved fossil deposit a window on early life on land | Susannah Lydon
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03/20/2017 at 16:08. Facebook
It was #onthisday in 1726 (OS), one of the foremost scientific minds of all time, Sir Isaac Newton, passed away. His death mask is held in our archives [ Link ]
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03/20/2017 at 08:10. Facebook
Apparently it's #WorldStorytellingDay! When was the oldest western fairy tale told? Research suggests 6000 years ago [ Link ]

Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old
Some pretty fantastic reads here. Who would be your winner?

Six great books up for the annual award for excellence in science & health writing [ Link ] #WBP2017

Wellcome prize shortlist announced: books that 'will change lives'
French physicist Frédéric Joliot-Curie, who with his wife Irène Joliot-Curie, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935 for their discovery of "artificial radioactivity," was born #onthisday.

He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1946, and the crater Joliot on the Moon is named after him [ Link ]
Oh, this is exciting. The super-fast computer that "grows as it computes."

Researchers reveal a DNA-based super fast computer that 'grows as it computes'
Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, became the first person to walk in outer space #onthisday in 1965.

His 12-minute spacewalk took place against a battle for supremacy in space between the US and the USSR [ Link ]