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Long live the queen bee

Long live the queen bee

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:21:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Vitellogenin, a protein important for the health of bees has been studied to give a greater understanding of its role in their lives.

Long live the queen bee

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:02:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Orb web spiders are able to coat an alkaloid on their threads that prevents hordes of ants from raiding the larder, or even eating the owner. As they grow larger, the Golden Orb Web spider coats the web with the repellent and no intruder can pass over.

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Grey seals have real personality

Grey seals have real personality

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:15:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Grey seals have very different personalities that influence how they protect their pups, say researchers. Mother grey seals in Scotland choose very different approaches to nurture and protect their pups according to their personality.

Grey seals have real personality

Horses look back

Horses look back

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Science has advanced now to the extent that we can look back in history through the mitochondrial DNA of humans and now the rest of our fauna. Horses are such a major part of history that perhaps there are even better stories to be winkled out of the chromosomes before another new technique delivers a magic mirror to view our past.

Horses look back

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:18:00 GMT by James Mathews

Guppies have been evolving for at least half a million years and yet there is one characteristic of them that seems to have remained exactly the same where the male guppies are concerned.

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:35:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Research has shown that tendons allow frogs to jump great distances. A jump requires strong muscles to propel an animal's body against the pull of gravity and muscle power alone would not explain the speed and distance that frogs are able to achieve.

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A 50-year puzzle about how a mountain range, the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, 3km under the Antarctic ice, was created looks like it has been solved by a team of international scientists.

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

A new weapon against invasive species

A new weapon against invasive species

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Ines Morales

The proposed Joint Work Programme to improve communication strategies in the global biodiversity community.

A new weapon against invasive species

Eleven new bee species

Eleven new bee species

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

James Gibbs from Cornell University has identified 11 new sweat bee species from extensive DNA analysis and specimen investigations throughout the US and Canada.

Eleven new bee species

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:47:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Serious threat to the endangered ape shown in a new study. Research showed that at least 750 orang-utans were killed in the last year. Indonesian, Malaysian and Australian researchers have produced this shocking result from an analysis of human and orang-utan conflict in Kalimantan.

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Posted Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:27:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The second part of The Earth Times coverage of the Conference of The Wildlife Society taking place in Waikoloa, Hawaii this week, written by Dave Armstrong.

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

Posted Wed, 09 Nov 2011 23:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In Waikoloa, Hawaii this week, there is the most remarkable collection of sessions and workshops. Whether eco-freak or mountain (wo)man, we can all regard with awe this mix of science, policy and wildlife management which is the US. Wildlife Society. This the first part of The Earth Times coverage of this event, written by Dave Armstrong.

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

A nightingale sings

A nightingale sings

Posted Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

For four years in May, in a Berlin park, twelve 1-year-old and twelve older nightingales were played (nightingale) songs to determine how they reacted to common songs and different repertoires. The effort was worthwhile in many ways, especially in suggesting ways that birds can relate to competing males and the 'choosy' females.

A nightingale sings

A whale of a time

A whale of a time

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:22:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The whale itself is an incredible find, a new species, to be named after its origins as Aegyptocetus tarfa. Both Philip Gingerich of University of Michigan and Giovanni Bianucci of Universita di Pisa believe that 40 million years ago, this amazing link was hauling itself in and out of the sea at a time when these mammals were still semi-aquatic.

A whale of a time

Muriqui Mothers - a stabilising influence

Muriqui Mothers - a stabilising influence

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:25:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Anthropological and genetic studies have shown that older female muriqui monkeys play an important role in their social structure.

Muriqui Mothers - a stabilising influence

Early South American Mammal

Early South American Mammal

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Guillermo Rougier of the University of Louisville, Kentucky report two very significant Dryolestoid fossil skulls from the Cretaceous. Rougier, Apesteguia, and Gaetano publish the paper in Nature as an Argentinian/US collaboration.

Early South American Mammal

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Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Is camouflage cryptic or a masquerade?

Posted Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:25:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Teaching is the Oldest Profession.

Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:47:50 GMT by JW Dowey

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Posted Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Posted Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Army ants engineer living bridges!

Posted Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:26:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The tropical past of belugas and narwhals

Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Lions and tigers lived longer ago

Posted Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Eurasian rollers won't just roll over

Posted Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Endangered green turtle migration mapped

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

Hopes up for species survival

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 02:54:01 GMT by Gracie Valena

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

Posted Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:01:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Biodiversity loss from species extinction a 'top driver of global change'

Posted Wed, 02 May 2012 17:00:01 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Voyage to/from Ancient New Zealand

Posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Hotspots driving tectonic plate movement

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:15:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Cuckoos mimic hawks

Posted Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:44:30 GMT by Colin Ricketts