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Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wasps, often encountered on picnics, have a poor reputation with the public A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated. The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists […]

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'World's oldest brewery' found in Israel

Image copyright DANI NADEL/AFP/Getty Image caption Archaeologists were looking for evidence of plant foods when they discovered the alcohol traces Researchers say they have found the world’s oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel. The discovery was made while they were studying a burial site for semi-nomadic […]

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Prickly cactus species 'under threat'

Image copyright Richard Duebel Image caption Anton Brugger stands in his cactus nursery in Almeria, southern Spain The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers. The most serious problem is illegal smuggling. Despite the international ban on uncontrolled trade in cacti, policing the smuggling faces many problems and semi-professional hunters continue to uproot […]