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How urchins see when they have no eyes

How urchins see when they have no eyes

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:25:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Sea urchins don't have eyes, yet they react to light. How? Researchers from Sweden argue that the whole creature is studded with light sensors making it one giant seeing eye. So, while they have no eye as such, the urchins have many many light receptors, found on the end of the feet that cover their entire body.

How urchins see when they have no eyes

Call in the army to protect Great Lakes from carp invasion says study

Call in the army to protect Great Lakes from carp invasion says study

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:16:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Academics don't often call for less study, but experts on the Great Lakes in North America warn that unless radical action is taken quickly, Asian carp will cause terrible damage to native species and fishery economies. The study calls for action and even calling in the army in the shape of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help separate the lakes from the carp's Mississippi home.

Call in the army to protect Great Lakes from carp invasion says study

Tarantula in the scanner unveils its double-beating heart

Tarantula in the scanner unveils its double-beating heart

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

An innovative use of MRI scanners and tarantulas has revealed intriguing new information about a spider's heart - it may show a double-beat, similar to that felt by humans. The research, being presented at this week's annual conference of the Society for Experimental Biology, in Glasgow, also holds out the possibility of investigating useful properties in spider venom, and the evolution of the brain.

Tarantula in the scanner unveils its double-beating heart

DNA tests unravel a tricky tortoise mystery

DNA tests unravel a tricky tortoise mystery

Posted Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:11:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Just how many species of desert tortoises are there? For 150 years since the species' discovery, it was believed that the desert tortoise is one species. However, evidence has been mounting that desert tortoises should in fact be two separate species.

DNA tests unravel a tricky tortoise mystery

Right time for whales to return to New Zealand's calving grounds

Right time for whales to return to New Zealand's calving grounds

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The playful antics of the gentle-but-gigantic right whales may be about to return to New Zealand, after an absence of 50 years - according to a new study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series. These formerly teeming calving grounds are being rediscovered by intrepid pioneers from near the Antarctic - and this may herald a return to the stunning yearly spectacle, last seen 100 years ago, before the whalers laid waste to these graceful giants.

Right time for whales to return to New Zealand's calving grounds

Bird's eye view has four dimensions of color

Bird's eye view has four dimensions of color

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The hidden world of the feathered color-spectrum has been mapped out in detail, in a new study of color - as seen from the bird's point of view - just published in Behavioral Ecology, out today. It seems for all their dazzle to our eyes, there is even more possibility for bird's evolutionary display to explore – as two-thirds of possible colors have yet to be painted on their plumage.

Bird's eye view has four dimensions of color

Major Pacific study reveals top predators homing in on ocean's sweet-spots

Major Pacific study reveals top predators homing in on ocean's sweet-spots

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:11:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

After a decade of surveying that has pooled marine experts from institutions from across the globe, the first results of TOPP - a critical part of the Census of Marine Life – are published in Nature today. They show that the Pacific Ocean's top predators move across an ever-changing oceanic landscape, in order to enjoy shifting biological feasts, that move with the the currents and the seasons.

Major Pacific study reveals top predators homing in on ocean's sweet-spots

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

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

Flowers need bees and birds and bees and many species of birds need flowers, but as global warming changes the flowering calendar of mountain plants, this symbiotic relationship could fail disastrously for both parties.

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

Can Chimps Have PTSD?

Can Chimps Have PTSD?

Posted Fri, 17 Jun 2011 06:22:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Captive chimps suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and other mental illnesses, researchers find. Laboratory testing, capture, isolation from social groups, and even captivity in "enriched" environments lead to abnormal behavior in chimps, two studies show.

Can Chimps Have PTSD?

'Spongebob' fungi pops up in Borneo's jungles

'Spongebob' fungi pops up in Borneo's jungles

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:39:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A weird denizen of the Borneo forests, one that is orange and spongey, has been described in the latest issue of Mycologia. His name - why Spongiforma squarepantsii of course! And the tropical jungles of the world are sure to be home to many more oddities, as 95% of fungi remain undiscovered.

'Spongebob' fungi pops up in Borneo's jungles

Eye in the Sky: Google Earth used to monitor animal behaviour

Eye in the Sky: Google Earth used to monitor animal behaviour

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:07:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Researchers have discovered that Google Earth provides a novel and inexpensive way to monitor animal behaviour. The beauty of Google Earth for scientists is that animal behaviour which leaves a footprint on the landscape can be observed remotely.

Eye in the Sky: Google Earth used to monitor animal behaviour

The curious world of the spider in the bubble

The curious world of the spider in the bubble

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 07:16:52 GMT by Martin Leggett

Fascinating new work on the diving bell spiders - amazing arachnids that live under water in their own personal air bubbles - has shed light onto how they make use of 'bubble technology'. It seems, says the paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology, that the spiders can stay submerged for longer than thought - all the better to catch their prey.

The curious world of the spider in the bubble

600 new species discovered in Madagascar over the past decade

600 new species discovered in Madagascar over the past decade

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:09:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

WWF announced that scientists have found over 600 new species in Madagascar between 1999 and 2010. Species evolved on Madagascar that are found nowhere else. In addition, there is a high diversity of habitats found on the island, from coral reefs to spiny forests.

600 new species discovered in Madagascar over the past decade

Small, fat and the fastest long distance flyer on the planet

Small, fat and the fastest long distance flyer on the planet

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:51:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The great snipe doesn't exactly look the part, but these chubby Scandinavian natives fly over 4,000 miles in just two days making in the fastest long distance migration on record. Starting in Sweden, these incredible travellers put in a 60-mile-an-hour two day shift to arrive 4,200 miles away south of the Sahara in Africa.

Small, fat and the fastest long distance flyer on the planet

Jellyfish blooms leave fish short-changed

Jellyfish blooms leave fish short-changed

Posted Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Jellyfish swarms have been on the increase in many coastal waters, and that increase may be bad news for other predators, such as fish and shellfish. That's according to a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which describes how the bacteria chowing down on jellyfish slime are knocking out important links in the food chain.

Jellyfish blooms leave fish short-changed

30 milliseconds the price of life for extraordinary jumping bird

30 milliseconds the price of life for extraordinary jumping bird

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 12:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

With its heart beating at 1,300-beats-per-minute, a male golden-collared manakin shoots through its rainforest home at extraordinary speed, all in search of a mate. For the females, who have larger visual processing areas in their brains than the males, it's a cold calculation of picking the strongest.

30 milliseconds the price of life for extraordinary jumping bird

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Tiny Australian crayfish is brand new species

Posted Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Visual effects created by bower birds

Posted Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spider sociability

Posted Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Bats' flight changes

Posted Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:53:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

Posted Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:27:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Natural Curiosities and top ten animals

Posted Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:45:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Interesting albatross personalities

Posted Sun, 09 Feb 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Interesting frog father behaviour

Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:22:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tropical forests have been downed before!

Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 13:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean acidity experience improves offspring responses

Posted Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:25:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Beetles keeping it bottled-up

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:17:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Further Wildlife Deaths Linked To Gulf Oil Spill

Posted Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:29:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

Fossil-quake clues in ancient sediments help map out earthquake prediction

Posted Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:31:52 GMT by Martin Leggett

Australian volcanoes overdue an eruption warn scientists

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The call of the koala may have some hidden tricks

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:31:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Sea lice from farmed salmon infesting wild salmon in British Columbia

Posted Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:49:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Sea cucumbers. A big future for this sea creature?

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:52:00 GMT by John Dean

Diversity helps mammals adapt to climate change

Posted Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

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

Ants, plants and pitchers

Posted Thu, 23 May 2013 18:07:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong