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How the Zebra Actually Got Its Stripes

Despite being perhaps the most recognisable animal on the planet, biologists have been puzzled for centuries over how the zebra got its stripes. But scientists have worked out an answer, and it's nothing to do with camouflaging themselves in long grass.

This Chimp Is Smarter Than You

By Sam Gibbs on at

You think you’re the king of the jungle, but think again. When it comes to memory tasks, this 11-year-old chimp that was born and raised in the Primate Research Institute of Japan’s Kyoto University, has you beat; you wouldn’t even stand a chance.

This Is the Earliest Human Painting Ever

By Jesus Diaz on at

According to new radiocarbon dating tests, these are the first paintings ever made by humans. They are seals painted more than 42,000 years ago, located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. And they may turn our idea of humanity upside down.

How to Read a Menu, the Scientific Way

By Jamie Condliffe on at

For decades, the restaurant trade has believed that there's a sweet spot on the menus they hand to you — a section in the the upper right corner, where your gaze will focus — and that's where they tend to list their highest mark-up dishes. But are we really that gullible? Surprisingly enough, no.

How Tomatoes Could Curb Cancer in Italy

I lived in Italy for nearly 20 years, and it's difficult to imagine Italians tolerating anyone tampering with their precious tomato, the main ingredient in their all-important "gravy." But they seem to be ok with the newfangled "Realtomato" showing up in their caprese salads and margherita pizzas.