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Comet strike may have sparked civilisation shift

A cluster of comet fragments believed to have hit Earth nearly 13,000 years ago may have shaped the origins of human civilisation, research suggests.

Running to music helps combat mental fatigue

Listening to music while running might be the key to improving people’s performance when they feel mentally fatigued a study suggests

Covid-19 vaccine study for pregnant women launches

The first Covid-19 vaccine study for women who are pregnant has been launched across the UK – with Edinburgh playing a key role in the research.

Walkabout app sheds light on climate concerns

Help is at hand for anyone who finds the enormity of climate change just a little too hard to grasp.

Expert is first female Astronomer Royal for Scotland

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A renowned astrophysicist and investigator into one of science’s great unsolved mysteries has become the first woman to be appointed as Astronomer Royal for Scotland.

Ankle and foot evolution gave mammals a leg up

The evolution of ankle and foot bones into different shapes and sizes helped mammals adapt and thrive after the extinction of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

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