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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

Nature worth billions to the UK

Nature worth billions to the UK

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Groundbreaking research reveals true value of the UK's environmental assets. Health benefits arising from the UK's green, freshwater and marine spaces were also assessed and given an economic value. Living with a view of a green space was found to be worth around £300 per person per year.

Nature worth billions to the UK

Measuring the environmental impact of America's tornado season

Measuring the environmental impact of America's tornado season

Posted Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:51:00 GMT by Laura Brown

In the midst of devastation how tornadoes can destroy ecosystems as well as lives. 2011's tornado season in America has already had a devastating impact. In Joplin, Missouri, the worst tornado in over a generation in the US has killed at least 139.

Measuring the environmental impact of America's tornado season

Wild species numbers in the Masai Mara drop by two thirds

Wild species numbers in the Masai Mara drop by two thirds

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:02:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Scientists confess they are stunned by results recording dramatic reduction over 30 years. The dramatic reduction has called into question conservation efforts in the Masai Mara which began in 2000.

Wild species numbers in the Masai Mara drop by two thirds

Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs

Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs

Posted Mon, 30 May 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists look to volcanic fissures to examine the effects of rising acidification in the world's oceans. As the seas become more acidic through global warming and increased carbon dioxide levels, there's a real possibility that coral reefs and the sea life that relies coral reef habitat could become extinct by the end of the century.

Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs

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It's a peach of a story

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Jackdaws lose their winning ways

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Diet in mammals is complex

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Gannets prove to be discard specialists

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Bringing up (T. rex) Baby

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Noisy neighbors - fish distracted by water sports

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:41:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Tackling invasive species together

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Wild Horses from America

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Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs

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Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution

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Mystery Orkney Islands genetics

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Soft corals crucial to reef building

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:32:54 GMT by Melanie J. Martin