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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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Sneeze to leave, and wild dogs vote for a hunt!

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:15:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

Sheep hunted before domestication in the Middle East.

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Stream insects live well in Yorkshire

Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:55:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!

Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!

Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary.

Posted Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:16:55 GMT by JW. Dowey

Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:01 GMT by JW. Dowey

Army ants tolerate multiple evolutions of beetle mimics

Posted Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Posted Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Cats control lizard populations but the reptiles adapt well

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

Central Asian ecology

Posted Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:23:21 GMT by Paul Robinson

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Beetles Hit (on Amphibian prey)

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:08:58 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

Posted Tue, 15 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hyena Problem Solving - Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Devil rays surviving in the Mediterranean.

Posted Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:20:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springwatch: Which trio are as fruity as a nuthatch?

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 09:13:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzees choose hand clasps by cultural preference

Posted Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts