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Elephant’s trunk may be one of most sensitive body parts of any animal

The bundle of nerves that controls the elephant’s trunk contains 400,000 neurons – a lot more than we expected – suggesting the trunk is incredibly sensitive

It’s official – we don’t know how fast the universe is expanding

The Hubble constant describes how fast the universe is expanding, but our measurements won’t line up, which may mean our standard model of the universe is wrong

Gene-edited food is 5 years away in England, says government scientist

The UK parliament passed a law to help researchers do trials of gene-edited crops in England, and the chief scientist at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it would take at least five years for a product to go from research trials to market

How does the sun shine? Here's why we are still a little in the dark

The basics of how fusion works inside stars like the sun is more complicated than it is sometimes portrayed. We shouldn't be surprised that the details are imperfectly understood, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Fix the Planet newsletter: The weird and wonderful rivals to batteries

As Scotland announces the building of 17 enormous wind farms off its coast, we look at the novel solutions for storing the electricity they will produce

Genetically modified pig kidneys transplanted into a brain-dead person

In an experiment paving the way for clinical trials, two pig kidneys produced urine for 77 hours after transplantation into the body of a man who was brain dead

Artificial pancreas is 'life-changing' for children with diabetes

An app that wirelessly links to an implanted glucose sensor and insulin pump can automatically regulate blood sugar levels in children better than the current standard therapy

Toxic chemicals are everywhere in our daily lives – can we avoid them?

Food and household goods are covered in jargon about the chemicals they do or don't contain, but seeing through the labelling is harder than you might think, says Anna Turns

Pristine coral reef discovered in deep water off the coast of Tahiti

A spectacular coral reef has been found between 35 and 70 metres below sea level near Tahiti, and it seems to be in good health despite the global biodiversity crisis

Antibiotic resistance killed more people than malaria or AIDS in 2019

About 1.3 million deaths were directly caused by drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, a global study estimates

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