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Seahorses live further north than we thought

Seahorses live further north than we thought

Posted Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When an animal population is hard to sample because they are low in numbers or hard to catch, genetics can now come to the rescue. If we don’t discover a species secrets, we will never be able to conserve them. The seahorse, like any fish, is able to survive cold by relying on the more constant temperature of the ocean.

Seahorses live further north than we thought

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Posted Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The length of time that we live is linked to sociality and, now, to a tendency to live underground. The interest in this new research is more in the unique habits of some of our relatives than in the never-ending search for substances that will help us to live better and longer.

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To observe the cuttlefish or the squid is to see wonderful colour change ability. Maybe now, we can find out how exactly they use this ability in mating of deterrence of predators. Video has been used now to follow animals clandestinely, although one cam was noticed and ripped off by other squid!

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Solar fuel cells develop in Sweden.

Solar fuel cells develop in Sweden.

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future of our energy needs lies heavily with solar power. Unless wind and solar renewables kick off more and more new and technological moves, we will be left with failing and polluting energy solutions by politicians who understand even less about what could happen to the Earth than we do.

Solar fuel cells develop in Sweden.

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Posted Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The Galapagos tortoise is, along with one or two other island species, precious and almost mythical in its great size and long life. Now, we at last, we are conserving these interesting creatures properly, instead of letting them slowly die out, like Lonely George!

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Posted Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:01:19 GMT by Paul Robinson

While many of our articles concentrate on raptors or rare species, the birds we look at tend to duck the more obvious species of waterfowl. In the case of the beautiful smew, a lot of work has gone into investigating every country it migrates through on its long journey across Eurasia. Gathered together by Diego Pavon-Jordan from the Finnish Museum of Natural History and NOWAC, this ornithological group have established valid links between global warming and a switch in an animal’s habits of migration.

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

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

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