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Life on Europe

Life on Europe

Posted Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Deeply involved in the past, this insight into how the archipelago of Europe survived the terrible disaster of the K-Pg boundary is essential reading- if you are a North American dinosaur, that is!

Life on Europe

Unhappy home pollution is rife.

Unhappy home pollution is rife.

Posted Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:03 GMT by JW Dowey

How clean is your home? Rephrase that now and ask yourself how polluted it is, compared to the fresh air, if your neighbourhood has any. You may be hygienic too, which is another kettle of fish (smelly that is). Whatever your situation, we all become complacent. It is not only the drains, polluted with too much detergent. Your own life, that of children and that of older and sick people is endangered by what you do. Awareness is a very simple science, pure and logical, but we must keep up. New products often turn out to be unexpectedly dangerous, even to the manufacturer. The testing now is rigorous, but simpler science is best.

Unhappy home pollution is rife.

Wind reps. are full of hot air! (fossilised)

Wind reps. are full of hot air! (fossilised)

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:47:07 GMT by Paul Robinson

How sure are you that your nation is following the best energy advice from the recognised experts? Lobbying has spread recently to become a load of cobblers! (lies)

Wind reps. are full of hot air! (fossilised)

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:46:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How DO we save our nearest relative? The wild chimpanzee is far different from the tea-swilling and ultra-cute babies we are used to in various disguises. The existence of these populations in Africa echoes our own origins, but differently! To allow the fabulous gorilla or these bonobos and chimpanzee to disappear from our native Africa would be like allowing sand to slip through our despairing fingers. Stop the trapping and the logging. Immediate gain will not lead to any long-term advantage. We have lost most of the earth, so these precious animals and plants are just a dwindling reminder of the antics of ourselves and our ridiculous past.

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Do we choose senescence or eternal youth?

Do we choose senescence or eternal youth?

Posted Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:11:07 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Do we want to live longer? The question needs to be asked of those who have achieved great age. The science of aging is finally coming-of-age as we approach an allele that can eliminate those pesky cells that can’t stay healthy any more and move towards the organs and tissues that work even when we are very old. Life may not need to be longer, but it could be better.

Do we choose senescence or eternal youth?

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Posted Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

There are so many new species out there waiting to be found and it is essential we find them before so many become extinct. Here is a wonderful island that will suffer the fate of the rest of its nation, if we can’t stop the habitat destruction with which Asia has replaced its uniquely biodiverse forests.

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Solar goes perovskite

Solar goes perovskite

Posted Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:19:39 GMT by JW Dowey

Economy and energy around the globe is being jump-started by renewable energies. Whole nations can benefit from these researches on solar panel improvements, but there is always more that can be discovered. We attempt here to keep up to date with one of the many “bright new solar hopes.”

Solar goes perovskite

Cats spread parasites (and destroy wildlife.)

Cats spread parasites (and destroy wildlife.)

Posted Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:13:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats and dogs are our best friends. You know that saying about friends and enemies, though. We need to be aware of any risks, otherwise our Toxoplasma infection rate will rise from the 30% already recognised!

Cats spread parasites (and destroy wildlife.)

Feet get wet quicker now!

Feet get wet quicker now!

Posted Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:10:09 GMT by Paul Robinson

The news on sea-level rise is not from new computer models this time, but it is really bad. The previous estimates were wildly inaccurate, on the higher side---meaning recent rises have been accelerating much faster than we thought. Horrific increases are liable to hit us now.

Feet get wet quicker now!

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Posted Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:36:04 GMT by JW Dowey

We’re having a whale of a time, enjoying a paper that tries to work out how the pygmy right whale became neotenic. The history of whale fossils is one of big gaps and they cause the problems in resolving ancient relationships still.

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Pig farming improves its image (worldwide)

Pig farming improves its image (worldwide)

Posted Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:21:14 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The impact of any agricultural activity on our carbon emissions is small compared to heavy industry. The attempts that have already been made, up to 2012, are admirable and will reward farmer and community alike with many environmental and even some energy benefits - and of course the porkers.

Pig farming improves its image (worldwide)

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Posted Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:51:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

The European snow vole, choughs and one bat are specialists, isolated mainly in alpine habitats while other species out-compete them at lower altitude. This is an interesting study from the Basque country, where the bat species is finally pinned down to its exact diet of mainly alpine moths. The use of DNA bar codes for identifying many different species is also praiseworthy, as it leads to further research now on the fauna and flora of many other environments.

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Posted Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:39:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How will we tell our children about the dangers of life? The gibbons have evolved a language of sounds and songs that possibly resemble those we first used to warn our offspring of the leopard or elephant danger.

Gibbon-speak is real language.

The Wind in your Danes

The Wind in your Danes

Posted Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:55:15 GMT by JW Dowey

Denmark is fighting hard to combat their past of coal, gas and oil, with the greatest achievements in the wind power generation of electricity, at least in Europe, but possibly the world. Their manufacture of the biggest turbines, given their long experience is making them the people to consult on many areas of installation, maintenance and the future of offshore wind.

The Wind in your Danes

Shark self-conservation

Shark self-conservation

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:45:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The conservation of are animals has many and varied techniques, some of which could be exclusive to one species. The maintenance of living sperm within the female body after mating is a device that is useful to ensure diversity. In this case, it could prove useful when the last living male shark is killed and a mated female still exists.

Shark self-conservation

Wolfing it in Oregon

Wolfing it in Oregon

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

What to do with wolves? Are they any use and how dangerous are they? How can they be managed or do they manage wildlife themselves? Questions to be answered carefully and very fully.

Wolfing it in Oregon

Heat kills more when it is humid.

Heat kills more when it is humid.

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

If you are living in a part of the world that suffers from summer heat, drought may be just one of the many dangers you are facing. The temperature at which your health becomes endangered is possibly much lower than you thought (that is, it is much lower than the human death point: normally 43oC.)

Heat kills more when it is humid.

Pluto approached by

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:17:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We never know when one of these pieces of metal motoring around the solar system will come across novel information. It is unlikely to pick up anything obviously important to everyday knowledge, but the study of the planets has always been seen as crucial to our existence. We are threatened by internal and external factors, many of which could be explained better by pure and applied scientific investigation. Earth Times wishes the best for this relatively minor non-planetary probe. We could learn wonderful conceptual interpretations of distant objects, just as Hooke’s microscope and Galileo’s telescope began many a medical or geographical breakthrough.

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Whale genes needed for age research

Whale genes needed for age research

Posted Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:44:01 GMT by JW Dowey

This time, we don’t need to hunt them down, although researchers found it almost impossible to find bowheads. They number 24,000 approximately, hidden beneath the ice and distant shores of uninhabited areas, but will prove useful as the longest-lived mammal. Their genes provide something we couldn’t evolve for ourselves- a healthy life!

Whale genes needed for age research

Support your local orcas.

Support your local orcas.

Posted Sat, 03 Jan 2015 13:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whale-watching is varied. You can watch the biggies or find your way north to where most killer whales patrol. Dolphins are probably the easiest to see, if you are lucky to live in the right area, but the orca really ticks boxes for conservation, huge intelligence and quite a glam. appearance (but not in the Aquarium, please!)

Support your local orcas.

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Oceania sinks, and like New Zealand, we have to help

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$1.20 per person: WHO targets health's 'best buys'

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:06:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Transformers, but with your house!

Posted Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Solar energy saves the earth?

Posted Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:20:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

350.org launches campaign against U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Relax guys, the stress will kill you

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:19:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Can green gloop make nuclear waste safe?

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:59:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

'Nano-Velcro' detects mercury pollution in water

Posted Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:22:00 GMT by Linden Volsun

Red wine ingredient resveratrol may boost metabolism in men

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 20:27:00 GMT by Angela Munro

WFP declares Somalia famine catastrophic, seeks funds for effective intervention

Posted Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:39:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Depression could predict strokes says new study

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Richard Branson promotes 'peace building'

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:59:01 GMT by Andy Tillett

Bianca Jagger praises 18 million hectare forest restoration pledge

Posted Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:48:21 GMT by Linden Volsun

Rotavirus vaccine proves highly effective in reducing gastroenteritis in children

Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:58:01 GMT by Kieran Ball