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And the porpoise killer is --- !

And the porpoise killer is --- !

Posted Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Long suspected of murder, the grey seal is exposed as a regular killer of the smallest whale, the porpoise. They have recently started seeking the blubber from the porpoise, possibly after large numbers of drowned porpoise were made available after their dumping from fishermen’s bycatch.

And the porpoise killer is --- !

Sawdust to gasoline, in just 2 steps

Sawdust to gasoline, in just 2 steps

Posted Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How can we make plastics if no more fossil fuels are unearthed, in efforts to combat greenhouse gas production? The answer has long been thought to be in complex lignins or, in this case, the much simpler cellulose .

Sawdust to gasoline, in just 2 steps

Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Posted Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Our humble attempt to stir interest in the most intriguing species on earth moves to the Mollucas. Wallace discovered more animals than almost any other explorer in the richly biodiverse islands we can now call Wallaceana (Indonesia, Australasia and Malaysia.) What a man!

Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Audi, Toyota, Honda and Nissan lead us into the 22nd century car.

Audi, Toyota, Honda and Nissan lead us into the 22nd century car.

Posted Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:11:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A few have made the step to electric or hybrid cars. More will be following, but how will the next generation of green cars be accepted. Despite the tearing out of hair by oil companies, there are now many subsidies and grants designed to clean up the city especially, and the countries too. Plus your fuel costs are very low, and the silence is amazing. Just listen to that audio.

Audi, Toyota, Honda and Nissan lead us into the 22nd century car.

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How stupid we are. For thousands of years, many have regarded reptiles and crocodilians in particular as slow and stupid themselves. From these papers, you can understand how wrong we were and how artful the croc can be. Just ask Captain Hook! (Who actually proves that some people always thought the scaly monster was not just tough, but wily too.)

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Posted Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:08:01 GMT by JW Dowey

The facts and figures covering the power we generate from wind need to be exposed. A least the solar energy enthusiasts regularly tell us just how enormous their capacity is, but the wind business seems more withdrawn, despite the fabulous energy available and its long history.

Wind and its place in electricity generation.

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We worry and then worry again about our turtles, so any good news is welcome, even if one area of success is unlikely to help all the other species. The Olive Ridley turtle was found once in this study reminding us of all the life trials that these unlucky reptiles have to endure.

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Conservation and Reintroductions

Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

With the elephant and rhino populations deeply depressed (as we are), reintroduction must be the real aim of conservation of the endangered. Once we have disposed of the poachers and pet traders, a real habitat with a real life must exist in some special somewhere for every species. The science of how to do it is still in its infancy, but here is a strong beginning.

Conservation and Reintroductions

 Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

Posted Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Water, water everywhere, as far as groundwater is concerned. But this precious resource, as California has discovered, can so easily be contaminated for not only your people, but also any hope for industry. Good news from the Northern US is that their groundwater seems intact at the moment, unlike some states where fracking has interfered with deep systems. While some of the biggest states cry over spilt water, or rather drought, perhaps we can all learn from the mistakes of the recent past-or maybe not.

Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

Posted Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Out of adversity, such as the horrific loss of groundwater and other supplies in California, came this convenient checklist for your solar panel, whether you have some, want some, or may feel in the solar mood when the sun next shines.

King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Posted Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:54:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

From Thailand to the southeast of China and then throughout the Sunda shelf much of which is now underwater, the rainforest was supreme. It was delineated by the presence of many species of dipterocarp, entwined with rattans and delicious fruiting trees, all set off with the huge biodiversity of tigers and elephant, Orang-utan and civets. It still remains, but it desperately cries out for conservation – all of that which is left!

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Posted Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:10:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

The influences of ecology are subtle. So far, few have realised that biodiversity, as noted in South Korea, is key to climate change in many situations. Maintaining our ecosystems should be key in these changing times, but our climate changes continue because we have not resolved the pollution or the degradation issues that we have caused. New ideas and new solutions are essential to combating our climate problems, as Norway (and many others) state categorically.

Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

Cats, as we know them.

Cats, as we know them.

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:05:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The attraction of cats is a puzzle for some and taken for granted by others. In fact, like dogs, they are highly genetically-adapted to be irresistible, otherwise humans would have discarded them both eons ago. Have fun with this great research to ease our guilt at having non-primate commensals. (No, get off the table, you mut!)

Cats, as we know them.

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The human species exploded with tools and cultural learning at several stages in their distant history. Just how mentally-equipped are other primates for a cultural rush of tool using and rapid evolution?

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How can we cope with the burgeoning oil palm plantations. Instead of just complaining, here is one piece of evidence from the Journal of Applied Ecology . Perhaps some other organisms can survive in these nightmares for many almost-extinct animals and plants.

Oil palm ecology suits some.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We are told we need fish, but for most now, there simply won’t be any. Nutrition and sustainability hit yet another block, while not even the very rich will dine on sushi.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Personally, we want peace today, but we suppose some development will have to be part of the package with these mad scientists!

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 18:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Can these 2 people influence those whose job it is to change our direction? They are very different, but can agree on one decision that we all need to make: the way we fail to sustain the earth has to be reversed. Then we can achieve survival, let alone that of all the other species we need in this environment we shame so much.

Two perspectives on the biosphere.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The potential for fires to destroy rural and even urban environments has increased. Could the early loss of podocarp forest from Maori fires help to tell us how to combat the vast problems we have nowadays in preventing loss of homes, and harvests, lives and livelihoods?

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

Posted Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:11:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The future is solar, or are we condemned to this warming world, governed by fossil fuel investors and men who wear nylons --- the so-called deniers ?!

Latest solar advances very attractive for businesses.

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Pollution driving sea stars to evolve apart

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Earth gets oxygen early

Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:09:21 GMT by JW Dowey

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Losing Our Grizzly Bears: the fall of the wild

Posted Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:55:00 GMT by Chris Nunnally

Global Wind Day 2012

Posted Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The road to 'pollination heaven' is narrow - not broad

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Baby elephants and the effects of climate change

Posted Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:06:32 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Unbearable life of the Dancing Bears

Posted Tue, 06 Mar 2012 07:29:23 GMT by Atula Gupta

Fuel cell that continues to produce power after the hydrogen runs out

Posted Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:07:47 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The Terrible Turtle Trade in Indonesia

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:07:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Grey seals have real personality

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:15:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Ancestor of Tyrannosaurus found

Posted Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:58:59 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Map-reading' for male mice falls foul of BPA

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

It's a gas! (or coal or oil)

Posted Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:38:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Scientists learn what to eat to keep out heat

Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:00:01 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Filtration of kitchen waste water for horticultural use

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:21:01 GMT by Michael Evans

The Terrible Turtle Trade in Indonesia

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:07:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Maps of the rare and unusual

Posted Sat, 18 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

CO2 storage is super safe say scientists

Posted Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

CVD prevention gaps found

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:51:00 GMT by Gracie Valena