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Evolution of placental lizards gave us advanced skinks,

Evolution of placental lizards gave us advanced skinks,

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:00:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It’s likely that these advanced vertebrates evolved extreme matrotrophy only once, but when we compare that habit with many other advanced features, it seems skinks come out top in adaptations for advanced life styles.

Evolution of placental lizards gave us advanced skinks,

Has the mosquito had its Day?

Has the mosquito had its Day?

Posted Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

We have the chance to counter new viral and ancient parasitic disease with rapid diagnostic technologies. Let’s grab the chance to win this battle against disease, even when we lose against the latest mutations of the deadly viruses.

Has the mosquito had its Day?

California butterflies and neonicotinoids!

California butterflies and neonicotinoids!

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:40:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When a great, immoveable pollution source is faced by an increasingly smaller butterfly population, what is going to happen? Ask the bees, if their nervous systems are still savvy.

California butterflies and neonicotinoids!

Australian Super Spider Colours!

Australian Super Spider Colours!

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:05:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Australian spiders seem as distinct as the rest of their flora and fauna, with colour the distinguishing mark in this case. Despite their tiny size, these males manage to get noticed by the girls with their fabulous blue scales which amplify reflected light and never fade!

Australian Super Spider Colours!

A whale of a problem with shipping, noise, and conserving life.

A whale of a problem with shipping, noise, and conserving life.

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:10:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The humpback was hunted until only 1400 animals were left. Life seems more secure, though they are still endangered, but is there a future for any oceanic life if we turn a blind ear to the noise we emit, and all the rest of the pollution we dump on the sea?

A whale of a problem with shipping, noise, and conserving life.

Superorganism extraordinaire-a full expose on army ants.

Superorganism extraordinaire-a full expose on army ants.

Posted Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

We regard the most impressive living things as large animals, such as extinct giants, but to consider the life and influence of great trees or the efficiency of a spectacular army ant raid, killing everything in its path, can’t be disregarded. Maybe we have to have seen these species, or be taught about those that are extinct, to be able to appreciate how significant they have been Just hope they survive long enough for us to be able to see at least some natural wonders like these.

Superorganism extraordinaire-a full expose on army ants.

 Desert elephants - nature, nurture, and we love them anyway!

Desert elephants - nature, nurture, and we love them anyway!

Posted Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The existence of a water loving species in the middle of a great desert shocked early explorers and has that effect still. Memory, migration and magnificent skills serve the Namibian elephant well, as they probably have for other, long-dead elephant populations in the severest African climates.

Desert elephants - nature, nurture, and we love them anyway!

We've never walked alone- whether chimpanzee or hominin !

We've never walked alone- whether chimpanzee or hominin !

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How did our ancestors get about. Moving out of as well as inside Africa presented problems that must have given us our current abilities for walking and running with an incredible efficiency only equalled by wolves. I wonder what gave us this potato-like ability to sit on couches and do nothing?

We've never walked alone- whether chimpanzee or hominin !

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Off New England lie the settlement grounds of many large lobsters, closely related to the Northern European species. As the Atlantic warms, it could be that fewer young settle so more protection is almost certainly essential if any are to survive.

Lobsters lose out to global warming

The singer sings his own song, if you are an American junco!

The singer sings his own song, if you are an American junco!

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The songs are what makes all of these songbird species stand out, just as we tend to appreciate many other species, including rock stars, who can amuse us with the noises they emit!

The singer sings his own song, if you are an American junco!

The Circular Economy and the Global Economy

The Circular Economy and the Global Economy

Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stefan Ranstrand has been the boss of Norwegian -based TOMRA since 2009. Here he presents a vision of how his company may progress in the so-called circular economy. We can see the result in the US and Europe quite soon, if his resource revolution technologies continue to be successful.

The Circular Economy and the Global Economy

How is Your Climate/Can You Help Avoid the Worst Year in History?

How is Your Climate/Can You Help Avoid the Worst Year in History?

Posted Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When our children ask what 2016 was like, what will we tell them about the likely hottest year that has ever been recorded.? We may be facing the truth about climate change next year, or even earlier.

How is Your Climate/Can You Help Avoid the Worst Year in History?

Primates and alcohol, a natural relationship?

Primates and alcohol, a natural relationship?

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When science attempts to discover how natural alcohol sources may affect calorie intake, it is likely that human considerations come into consideration. In this paper, the media can hopefully focus sufficiently on the genetic significance, and not whether monkeys drink or not!

Primates and alcohol, a natural relationship?

New Homes for Ants: socialism in insects!

New Homes for Ants: socialism in insects!

Posted Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

We do need to study other organisms in order to improve our understanding of not only nature, but chemistry, sociability and simple organisation. You would think that a colonising ant would have little to show, but the way in which individuals are empowered, despite that despotic Black Queen, are very revealing !

New Homes for Ants: socialism in insects!

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We know our forests have gone or are going. All you have to do is fly over one of the supposed biodiverse jungly areas. The signs are there for all to see, without any satellite reconnaissance. Professor Peres gives us the whole story, with the background economics in an effort to stop the rot and conserve the little we have left, just as the global warming campaign has finally created a momentum to stop climate change.

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Koomal - predictions for survival in the Australian bush.

Koomal - predictions for survival in the Australian bush.

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

This elusive Australian creature faces an uncertain future in a very limited environment. New systems of research will be able to inform on its conservation and that of many other species, given the hard spadework involved in carrying out the analysis.

Koomal - predictions for survival in the Australian bush.

How is the goat a close human communicator?

How is the goat a close human communicator?

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So much intriguing information is becoming available about our genetic links with the primates, but there is competition from those species who can signal to each other in devious ways, or even tell us a thing or two, checking us out and giving us an idea of what and how they think.

How is the goat a close human communicator?

The human as a speciating force of nature!

The human as a speciating force of nature!

Posted Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How do we rule this planet? Mostly inadvertently, it seems. The numbers of extinctions are only matched by the displaced species which have become greater in number as they struggle to establish in new niches and habitats, including the pathogens, the unwanted and the invasive.

The human as a speciating force of nature!

Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Uzbekistan stands out as a pioneer in developing renewables in Central Asia. Here is the ongoing story, as we look at how all nations try to live up to the promise of Paris’ COP21!

Central Asian Powerhouse of the Sun

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

Posted Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

While Knorr soups strive hardest among Unilever companies, the rest of us must become aware of sustainable food production. Strangely, one European nation buys the most sustainable agricultural products, but doesn’t seem to realise any taste difference!

Food, Glorious - and Sustainable (for WED!)

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Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation.

Posted Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:23:38 GMT by JW Dowey

Sharks and marine turtles in trouble around the world

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Record illegal ivory seizures in 2011

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:50:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

WWF and Small-scale fishers adopt sustainable fishing in the Coral Triangle

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Brooke Janssens

The curious world of the spider in the bubble

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 07:16:52 GMT by Martin Leggett

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Inject and Quake!

Posted Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:23:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More ice leaving polar ice sheets than ever before

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:34:01 GMT by Louise Murray

Possible gypsum deposit may reveal Martian mysteries

Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Large-scale offshore wind farms get the go ahead in US

Posted Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:44:57 GMT by Lucy Brake

Wild Carpathia - Filming the Last Untouched European Wilderness

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:41:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Challenge to electric car industry

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:33:00 GMT by John Dean

Comets helped bring about life on Earth

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Farmer's count the cost of drought

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Scientists track leatherback turtle travels for the first time

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:32:40 GMT by David Hewitt

Hybrid energy: bacteria+solar harvesting!

Posted Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:14:16 GMT by Paul Robinson

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:48:00 GMT by Peter Kahare