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Comparing cities and blood systems with Atta forest ants

Comparing cities and blood systems with Atta forest ants

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Leafcutter ants (Atta spp.) are the amazing ants with the attractive antics of transporting leaves to culture fungi. Rather like a city's motorway system, the leafcutter ant must organise paths to efficiently allow transport without using up energy in overlong routes.

Comparing cities and blood systems with Atta forest ants

Bitterling battle between parasite and host

Bitterling battle between parasite and host

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:02:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The invasive species in this case is the recently-introduced (40 years ago) Asian mussel, Anodonta woodiana, whose larvae parasitise bitterling fish (Rhodeus amarus). These European fish use many Unionid mussels' gills as a safe haven for their vulnerable eggs.

Bitterling battle between parasite and host

Tarsier Secretly Squeaking

Tarsier Secretly Squeaking

Posted Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

High in the Filipino rainforest, speeches are being made and trysts announced. Predators and prey may well be limited in their understanding, but the tiniest primate, the tarsier has been letting us turn a deaf ear.

Tarsier Secretly Squeaking

Shark skin boosts swim speed and cuts drag

Shark skin boosts swim speed and cuts drag

Posted Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:22:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Denticles on shark skin helps them swim faster and by increasing thrust and reducing drag, but swimsuits for humans that mimic shark skin, are not quite as effective, says a US scientist.

Shark skin boosts swim speed and cuts drag

Study highlights worrying numbers of UK ladybirds

Study highlights worrying numbers of UK ladybirds

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:38:10 GMT by Claire Dunn

A study has found that native UK ladybirds are declining as the invasive harlequin ladybird species spreads across Europe.

Study highlights worrying numbers of UK ladybirds

Endangered green turtle migration mapped

Endangered green turtle migration mapped

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 13:45:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cruising the eastern Pacific is everyone's dream, but the green turtle, the only herbivore among the sea turtles, seems to have it made in one sense. The invaluable Gorgona National Park, not far from Galapagos, was used for the sampling of green turtles migration by snorkelling at night around the eastern reefs.

Endangered green turtle migration mapped

Most ancient crocodile discovered, Aegisuchus witmeri

Most ancient crocodile discovered, Aegisuchus witmeri

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Crocodiles and their relatives the crocodyliforms, go back a long way. A skull has been discovered from 95 million years ago. This new species find, Aegisuchus witmeri (Shieldcroc) seems to suggest the real origin of the ancient crocodiles was the Tethys Sea between northern Laurasia and Gondwanaland.

Most ancient crocodile discovered, Aegisuchus witmeri

Humpback whales singing different songs

Humpback whales singing different songs

Posted Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:09:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Humpback whales at opposite ends of the Indian Ocean are singing different songs, a study has revealed for the first time. Normally, humpbacks in the same area of the ocean sing similar themes.

Humpback whales singing different songs

Inuit insight into killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation and prey

Inuit insight into killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation and prey

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The prey of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the Arctic is little studied, except of course by native Inuit peoples. New research has introduced us to this Inuit science, which in this case involves their competitor for prey items, the killer whale.

Inuit insight into killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation and prey

Invasive Burmese Pythons vs. The Everglades

Invasive Burmese Pythons vs. The Everglades

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:19:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The Burmese python is an invasive species with established populations in the Everglades National Park in Florida. The pythons are having a devastating effect on native mammal populations.

Invasive Burmese Pythons vs. The Everglades

That Solar Wind and the Aurora Borealis

That Solar Wind and the Aurora Borealis

Posted Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:12:38 GMT by Dave Armstrong

You don't have to be Alaskan or an Icelander but it helps. Solar flares, solar winds and geomagnetic storms are all in the news but it is the aurora borealis phenomenon on the tip of everyone's tongue.

That Solar Wind and the Aurora Borealis

The Latest Rapid Assessment of New Species (from Suriname)

The Latest Rapid Assessment of New Species (from Suriname)

Posted Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The latest rapid assessment of new species from Suriname has struck gold in the form of wonderful new species and many numerous specimens of otherwise rare creatures and plants.

The Latest Rapid Assessment of New Species (from Suriname)

Earthquake damage report for 2011 published by CATDAT

Earthquake damage report for 2011 published by CATDAT

Posted Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

An annual report on the cost and damage earthquakes and volcanoes caused in 2011 has been published. 2011 was to date the most damaging year on record for economic losses associated with these natural disasters.

Earthquake damage report for 2011 published by CATDAT

'Extinct' monkey found in Borneo rainforest

'Extinct' monkey found in Borneo rainforest

Posted Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:06:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The Miller's Grizzled Langur, a species of monkey thought to be extinct, has been found by scientists in Wehea Forest, west of its previously known habitat.

'Extinct' monkey found in Borneo rainforest

Pigeon variations not always due to genetics

Pigeon variations not always due to genetics

Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Pigeons have many different physical characteristics, but they are not always caused by shared genetics, an American study has found.

Pigeon variations not always due to genetics

The drowning Baiji princess waits in vain

The drowning Baiji princess waits in vain

Posted Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:38:51 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Of the world's remaining river dolphins, the Chinese Lake Dolphin or Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) has suffered the most. From the large pink Amazonian Botos - to the charmingly shy blue-grey Baiji seems a big step, but once upon a time, scientists believed them to be quite closely related, despite the geographical disparity.

The drowning Baiji princess waits in vain

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New Homes for Ants: socialism in insects!

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How is the goat a close human communicator?

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The human as a speciating force of nature!

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Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks

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Crow about the success of bird brains.

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

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

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

History laid bare by genetics.

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

New Colombian forest frogs found.

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

'Songs For Japan' album released

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The pygmy sloth in the mangroves

Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:17:07 GMT by Paul Robinson

Spider silk bridges rivers

Posted Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

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Chick attacks highlighted in study on the Nazca booby

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

Surprise in bee reproduction

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

Jelly and Sea Tomatoes?

Posted Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

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The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

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Saith the Fly to the Spider

Posted Tue, 08 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong