• Charles Darwin

    51-mn-year-old genetic secret to Darwin's theory unlocked

    Scientists have unlocked a 51.7-million-year old genetic secret to a landmark theory proposed by English naturalist Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago.

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    Death spiral: 4th phase of life may mean end nearing

    A growing research body suggests that there is a fourth phase immediately preceding death that scientists have dubbed the "death spiral".

  • FEATURE: More Japanese women freeze eggs for future babies

    At least 23 medical institutions around the country preserve the frozen eggs of healthy women to help them have babies in the future, and three women in their 40s have used their frozen eggs to have babies, The Yomiuri Shimbun comes to learn.

  • Horses recognise human emotions

    Horses are able to discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research.

  • [WATCH] How hummingbirds avoid overheating

    Colourful footage, shot with a thermal camera, reveals how hummingbirds avoid overheating as they beat their wings up to 70 times per second.

  • Secret crypt found where hobbit humans lived

    The delicate remains of Homo floresiensis in a cave on Flores island in Indonesia told the remarkable story of a tiny species of early human, standing about 1 metre tall.

  • Sneezing monkey, 'walking' fish found in Himalayas

    A monkey that sneezes when it rains and a "walking" fish are among more than 200 species discovered in the ecologically fragile eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to conservation group WWF.

  • Turning cancer into healthy tissues

    Scientists believe to have found a way to turn cancerous cells back into healthy tissue.

  • Fast-growth fish risks overlooked

    A study of global fish populations suggests fast-growth fish species are more vulnerable to population collapses than previously thought.

  • Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

    Cuba successfully eliminates mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

  • Bees get tech trackers!

    A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at Kew Gardens in London

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    Mystery of Darwin's mammals solved

    Researchers said a sophisticated biochemical analysis of bone collagen extracted from fossils of the two mammals, Toxodon and Macrauchenia, demonstrate that they were related to the group that includes horses, tapirs and rhinos, solving Charles Darwin mystery theory

  • Alibaba's Ma says IPO of Ant Financial unlikely in 2015

    Jack Ma, chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, said on Monday he hoped the company's financial affiliate would list in Asia at some point, but that no decision on the timing or location had been made. The comments follow a Bloomberg report last week quoting unidentified sources as saying Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, known as Ant Financial, was planning an initial public offering (IPO) next year and the company had an estimated value of about $50 billion. "Ant Financial is still a baby today with great potential. It's just too early to talk about who it's going to get married to," Ma said. Asked if a listing would happen this year, he responded: "I don't think so." Set up in 2014, Ant Financial has been growing rapidly, largely through targeting smaller businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers who are often under served by China's larger banks. Ant runs the Alipay online payment platform, the linked Yu'e Bao money market fund and other services.