Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)

An MRSA bacteria strain in a petri dish. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Files/Reuters

Have you ever watched one of those period films and had a little giggle at how nervous they get at the hint of a cold? The idea of an otherwise(...)

A world without weeping might sound like a utopian dream come true, but there’s more to the sob story than you might think. Photograph: Getty Images

Video of Bat Kid in San Francisco; a romcom; the heating was broken two weeks ago when it snowed. These are just some of the answers to the questio(...)

Che Guevara: spawned a cadre of enthusiastic imitators when he went pillion with his friend Alberto Granado on their now legendary motorcycle tour of South America. Photograph: Grey Villet/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

When Che Guevara went pillion with his pal Alberto Granado on their now legendary motorcycle tour of South America, they spawned a cadre of enthusiast(...)

Mary Anne Evans, better known as George Eliot, wrote what many consider to be the greatest English novel, Middlemarch

Mary Anne (sometimes Marian) Evans, better known as George Eliot, the name she felt necessary to adopt to publish her novels, was born in Warwi(...)

Beloved by Francis: a violet ground beetle. illustration: michael viney Beloved by Francis: a violet ground beetle. illustration: michael viney

Who suggested that God seems to have had “an inordinate fondness for beetles”? One might think it was Charles Darwin – the huge variety of beet(...)

Beloved by Francis: a violet ground beetle. illustration: michael viney Beloved by Francis: a violet ground beetle. illustration: michael viney

Who suggested that God seems to have had “an inordinate fondness for beetles”? One might think it was Charles Darwin – the huge variety of beet(...)

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