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Islands and their biodiversity

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.

Islands and their biodiversity

How hot is the earth now?

How hot is the earth now?

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We worry now a lot more than before about the planet’s surface temperatures. Now the Arctic is defrosting and sea levels even affect your seaside holiday, perhaps it is too late. But given the unprecedented talking about carbon limitations and political action, the classic crunch could come next year, when there could be a slight cooling. If not, we can’t blame El Niño, as we do for this year’s record breaking.

How hot is the earth now?

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

We don’t know whether captive breeding or supplementary feeding should be the answer for what has been a successful programme for the bearded vulture or lammergeier. The answer is in this paper which tries to establish exactly how the future should be for this unique species, in both Europe and Central Asia.

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Crow about the success of bird brains.

Crow about the success of bird brains.

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we design experiments to test just how bright animals can be in relation to their own environment and even our own when we consider species that have associated with us and our strange contraptions throughout our short history of technology. The results of investigations tell us something much more than just how cognitive some species are compared to others. This great yet simple work tells us how the ecosystem works in real time.

Crow about the success of bird brains.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pine trees and insects have been together in their habitats for such a long time. However, their relationship is deepened by new research that show how an ancient swap has survived where other intriguing DNA changes have been lost. This story could run – for millions of years.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Animals react to fire in varying ways. Here, the sensible approach is used by the monotreme mammal, indicating one possible way in which we all survived total wipeout!!!

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have mentioned the state of the great river frequently, but the Mekong generally becomes more dammed and less likely to provide for its people and wildlife. However, good news cannot be ignored in this case and it is really cheering to hear of 3 calves born during this dry season in the freshwater stretches of the river. There is hope that the other populations, in Bangladesh and Myanmar, for example, are also being protected as well as this.

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When can he climate changers and the global de-warmers finally have their way and be able to replace the whole carbon footprints of nations? Well, there is hope in some of the latest renewable investments and this example of pure science that will soon be transferred to a new set of technologies.

Great potential for reverse photosynthesis!

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

What stories are appearing from the genomes of various creatures that can be mixed up with our histories. Even the wild red deer contribute magnificently in this story!

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

History laid bare by genetics.

History laid bare by genetics.

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

There is only one animal that has occupied every habitat on land, using simple technologies that have been beyond other species. Here is the first sign of an almost complete history of how the continents were conquered. Unfortunately, it was not only the plants and animals that were dominated, but the ethnic cleansing of other humans that is portrayed in vivid DNA memories.

History laid bare by genetics.

The earliest permafrost pets.

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We know we had dogs before flock and herd needed protection from them. Can we now find out how the dog looked when it was simply a hunting companion?

The earliest permafrost pets.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Let me count the ways. How much do we really love the forest? Do we still have that need to go out there and do the wilderness like a latter-day John Muir. The topical attitude may have to change, whether you are young or old, if the only forest is too young. Without attendant animal and plants, the whole show looks very bare and won’t work anyway! Here in Poland, the last big woodland habitat in Europe may be about to be exploited in a 19th century fit of unilateral decision-making.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It is urgent that we properly approach the global warming problems worldwide. To invest sensibly in low-carbon industry, using the power of our pensions and observe how efficiently government can or cannot carry out the necessary climate change reversals is critical. Meetings such as this Economist-inspired Summit need to propagate concern and action, but are we still just talking instead of doing?

Sustaining us to the Summit!

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Why should we put up with crime syndicates who blatantly remove even well-known wildlife from their habitat, with rarity almost the profit motive. With less-known animals and plants, one of our major weapons, tho’ I can think of others, is awareness that if these nations sell anything to us, we must all stop all possible trade. That is the only way forward. The alternative is to accept a return to the purest of ancient trade beliefs: profit before everything!

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

 New Colombian forest frogs found.

New Colombian forest frogs found.

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How can we replace the beautiful Panamanian golden frog. Well, we can breed them in zoos or laboratories. Or go out and find a new golden species to conserve. Take your pick.

New Colombian forest frogs found.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

We need to know how predators such as sharks and the ocean giants, the whales, can influence our ecosystems. Here, numbers count!

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Adapt or die. The Economist’s title for the London Summit summarises the organism’s response to its environment. We are an organism, despite beliefs to the contrary. We do adapt, and need to change much more, with the adoption of sustainable industries, better resource management and even life styles.

Sustainability: adapt or die summit.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

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

When can cod and tuna finally be left to produce a viable population? Without science, it is highly improbable we would have any left. In the Pacific, the situation is that less industrial fishing leaves locals to decide just how they like their fish and chips.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The science of ocean chemistry tells us much more about carbon in the atmosphere and water. Here a major new technique unveils what happens in every reef. The need to encourage people to understand exactly how important these corals are also appears to be a major factor in battling global warming, climate change and this acidification that is changing the oceans.

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

Posted Sat, 05 Mar 2016 10:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

From cougars to tree frogs and tiger to elephant, we protect the wild from many threats. It is not only orangutans that are affected by lack of planning and knowledge in wildlife reintroductions. The situation on the ground and in the labs that unearth genetic mistakes is made clear with painstaking research. The future could leave us with little wildlife in Africa, SE Asia or in fact, anywhere, unless the planning is logical and forward-looking.

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

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Evolution in medicine - Part II

Posted Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:47:10 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Keep off the seagrass! Why these vital grasses are vanishing

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:10:00 GMT by Hunter R. Wert

Smithsonian Wild website gathers images of nature uncut

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:41:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Aircraft engine wash system reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:40:00 GMT by John Dean

Bleak news from WMO on greenhouse gas levels

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:12:47 GMT by Dave Collier

Possible gypsum deposit may reveal Martian mysteries

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

Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Japan Task Force Makes Its Report

Posted Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:01:17 GMT by Mike Campbell

Improvements bring carbon capture method nearer

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:45:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:43:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

New insights into the formation of the Earth, the Moon and Mars

Posted Fri, 31 Dec 2010 08:11:14 GMT by Michael Evans

Scots smash renewable energy targets

Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:21:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Chick attacks highlighted in study on the Nazca booby

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 07:26:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Greenhouse gases 'warmed Earth billions of years ago'

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Breast cancer and the environment

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:17:01 GMT by Ines Morales

Going off-grid delivers power to the poor without costing the Earth

Posted Sat, 21 May 2011 12:44:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Fire in the north: burning tundra heralds new warming worries

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Celebrate the power of wind with Global Wind Day

Posted Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:39:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Posted Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:58:01 GMT by Jessica Allan

The petal of the buttercup

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2011 23:18:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Great Apes threatened again, this time by habitat loss

Posted Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:54:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong