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How mantis control their leaps.

How mantis control their leaps.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How popular are these apparently so aggressive and pest-like praying mantids? They are great pest-controllers, have a huge variety of different species, from flower mantis to giant African “tigers of the cabbage patch;” they make marvellous, quite attentive pets and don’t bother your mother because they die after their short adult span. Now we learn something new about a familiar animal. Those leaps they made as nymphs are actually carefully plotted, either to escape from their cannibalistic siblings, or to jump on tiny flies. The wonder of super-mantis never stops.

How mantis control their leaps.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Where in the world can we discover new primates? The answer is only in tropical rainforests, but they will certainly be endangered species, like several of the titis and many, many others. We only have one solution to this tragic loss of life, species, habitat and ecosystems. Stop cutting down the last remnants of these once-great forests. It doesn’t even make commercial sense, as this business is never going to be sustainable. Greed is the motive and its result has always been the same.

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

Posted Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:06:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Where are we going, as climate begins to dominate the year’s news? With Ukraine and Syria big on bad behaviour, the concentration needs to shift to the millions threatened by other events. As Lennon (and not Lenin) said, war is over, except it seems to hang on like an unwanted spectre. Global problems should now begin to occupy our collective thoughts.

Bigger Ideas on Climate Change

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

Posted Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Auto-Immune Deficiency Disease is very much an issue still although many, young and old, ignore it. Those who can afford to spend our health service cash on drugs survive well, but in Africa, the support for prevention or relief is almost nil.

How AIDS moved from chimpanzees and, now, gorillas.

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Posted Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:24:00 GMT by JW Dowey

While the world ponders climate change, Texas, which suffers badly from drought, has been trying to frack its way forward. It now seems these workers will have to return home and that oil is not the future. It has lasted over a century, but the oil executives are now grasping at straws, instead of embracing renewable or at least less polluting energies. New jobs will have to be found, but this is not the first time oil has gone bust!

Oil boom in Texas is over?

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can the tiny capacity of a bee brain store memory as capably as that of our own? The 2 are very similar in performance, according to this research, despite the disparity in size.

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Where have all the forests gone?

Where have all the forests gone?

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More on the pack of lies that emerge on logging worldwide. Maybe this time, the destruction can be slowed down to a stop, after these revelations on satellite-tracking the real damage to our forests.

Where have all the forests gone?

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Who can stomach the great environmental costs of growing cotton? It has destroyed seas and bankrupted many farmers . It is now down to manufacturing brand names to support their growers in ways they have not managed before. In the modern tradition, fair trading has reached the clothing industry.

Sustainable cotton: a need for investment

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Posted Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:30:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Both climate and ecosystem research is important, as our ocean temperatures and pH change. It is an acidic and a basic problem. How will we cope, if even more fish disappear? And there is more to this than just what we eat. The whole atmosphere and our coastal communities are affected .

Planktonic growth and fishy futures.

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The distant Titicaca, Scottish lochs, Russian Lake Baikal, and the wonderful Rift Valley lakes of Africa. Such productive waters but what prospects are there for any of these lakes to survive with even a modicum of their productivity or native fauna and flora, when we look at the Great Lakes?

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So does Vietnam rehabilitate its wildlife in reserves, or just sneak back and eat them later? It is a question that every international worker has to ask themselves in every corrupt regime, for every single expensive effort to improve lives and wildlife. It is our joint responsibility to improve the environment, but our partners must be suspect in many cases.

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Posted Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:57:32 GMT by JW Dowey

Americans worry about how the Pacific can be crossed by cesium-134. Tuna is possibly the greatest concern, but don’t worry. Keep on noshing that sushi!

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Posted Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:21:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The regulation of unilateral decisions on hydroelectric power reminds all of us that the water around us really does not belong to us. It belongs just as much to the fish and the water cycle that supplies us with the precious stuff!

Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Our evolution from jelly!

Our evolution from jelly!

Posted Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When they said we evolved, we never thought we were related to these guys. What a nerve, to think ctenophore genomes could reveal such personal relationships.

Our evolution from jelly!

Wave power works with heart technology!

Wave power works with heart technology!

Posted Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:28:18 GMT by JW Dowey

The power used by surfers for pure enjoyment can be very useful in coastal areas and far beyond. We can harness new ideas, even from medicine, to create these hyper-efficient devices for our future and the present energy needs of many nations.

Wave power works with heart technology!

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:10:06 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dragons and biodiversity seem miles apart. Here seadragons help us to understand just what might be left for us on a severely-depleted planet. Thanks to these researchers for getting to the far end of an old story from 60 years ago and using technology to provide us with the truth about fish phylogeny and our diverse marine life.

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Posted Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:10:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As the oceans change due to anthropomorphic and climatic change, the whales are perhaps our best way of monitoring their vast areas, even though this study only covers the Gulf of California.

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Posted Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:36:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Why do deep-water whales strand themselves? The answer could be just that-they don’t adapt well to shallow beaches! Alternatively, read on.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

Posted Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:47:00 GMT by Daniel Faris

Carbon emissions are rarely counted from marijuana smokers, but they are sizeable, apparently. The manifold problems of cocaine are a lot more serious, of course, as described well here by Daniel Faris.

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

The survival of wild species in South America is critical to any world effort at conservation, while the sad state of many zoo animals and others there caused legislation to be introduced in 2012. Here we have a chance to help a magnificent effort to save both wild and other animals, foully-abused , but now only in the past, we hope.

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

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