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Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dolphin worlds are no longer circus-like recreation for humans, but one oceanic species has found it possible to settle down in a relatively restricted habitat. Here is the story of their novel world, with I’m sure, more evolutionary possibilities to come.

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

You are either obsessed with ancient times, as Europe became populated and China achieved the first imperial power - or you are bored stiff with it. Well here is one stiff who could manage to become the first immortal – if technology can finally pin the death on something apart from the freezing cold and loss of blood.

Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The mechanisms of shelf-sea fronts are poorly understood. As a front passes, how do plankton and their consumers contribute to the ecology of sea and land nearby? Many species of predator specialise in visiting these fronts, whether transient or fixed, and using the warmer temperatures, the varying productivity and the food supply that gannets find a valuable diet during the breeding season.

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Scotland the Wave (tidal power takes over in the north)

Scotland the Wave (tidal power takes over in the north)

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:40:31 GMT by Paul Robinson

Wave power or tidal power? The answer probably depends on where you are. If you have the frightening power that has always inspired names like Cape Wrath, then those tides should produce the most power in Europe. On the other hand, the regular movement of waves could well be capable of inspiring a design to accumulate energy over a lengthy period, albeit with less energy production per unit.

Scotland the Wave (tidal power takes over in the north)

GODAN: Worldwide Hunger indicates Help Needed!

GODAN: Worldwide Hunger indicates Help Needed!

Posted Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We’re afraid that we have neglected the food security side of our responsibilities. Articles on Politics and Health have been published at the expense of this vital area, as the effects of consolidating food reserves are not only to alleviate criminal use of bushmeat, theft and extortion. We must also preserve areas for wildlife where otherwise people have been forced to cut down their forest to grow more crops/sell timber/build mines, roads or various infrastructure. GODAN are gathering in New York to spread expertise on agriculture and nutrition that will feed the parts of the world that are starving.

GODAN: Worldwide Hunger indicates Help Needed!

Mola mola, the sunfish genome is incredible!

Mola mola, the sunfish genome is incredible!

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The research effort on the sunfish now has its genome: one of the most useful tools to use on a species to discover how it has evolved such remarkable anatomy. It has been called a natural mutant, but it has simply and rapidly adapted to its oceanic habitat and food chain. How this was achieved within the genome is a story that will now unravel with more and more research into this fish, its adaptations and population genetics and that of many others.

Mola mola, the sunfish genome is incredible!

Whales are loving the warm Pacific Arctic.

Whales are loving the warm Pacific Arctic.

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Boom time or bust? The terrible effects of the loss of our Arctic sea ice have been well-advertised. Rearing young, or simply hunting prey, in the case of polar bears, has become almost impossible where the ice has gone. This relatively good news is of the baleen whales that are benefitting in the Pacific from extra flow as well as upwelling that creates plankton population surges.

Whales are loving the warm Pacific Arctic.

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The IUCN have concentrated on plant species and great apes and Africa in their latest update to the Red List.

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tropical forests are declining fast, but how greedy were ancient peoples in their robbing of the wood and resources from other forests. One example only shines of sustainability.

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Cougars in Hollywood

Cougars in Hollywood

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:40:43 GMT by JW Dowey

How can foxes, badgers and other Carnivores survive when a giant freeway blocks their route to feeding areas? The demography, the genetics and the extinction risk are all considered here, with a resonance for all species that need some kind of wildlife corridor in order to fulfil their life potential.

Cougars in Hollywood

International Bat Weekend is Here!

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

We need bats, but in the same way we need their prey the insects. It’s impossible to see all the services they perform in eating pests and even spreading seeds in the case of fruit bats, just as we seem to have ignored the bees working at pollination of orchards!

International Bat Weekend is Here!

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

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Pacific conservation resurgence

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The Value of Open Spaces to Disadvantaged Poor Communities

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Surprise in bee reproduction

Posted Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:17:13 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats control lizard populations but the reptiles adapt well

Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Elephant numbers on the increase in Kenya

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Posted Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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Air pollution linked to premature births

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Butterfly Mutations post-Fukushima

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