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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

Discovery of fossilised mouse teeth challenges beliefs about their ancestors

Discovery of fossilised mouse teeth challenges beliefs about their ancestors

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 08:59:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists have discovered a new species of mouse that is thought to be around 9 million years older than other species and to have migrated from Asia in to North America. On the expedition team members Palaeontologist Yuri Kimura, from the South Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, identified the new species of birch mouse from 17 tiny fossilised teeth.

Discovery of fossilised mouse teeth challenges beliefs about their ancestors

Largest group of largest fish shows Mexican waters importance

Largest group of largest fish shows Mexican waters importance

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 15:46:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Whale sharks are gathering off the Yucutan Penisula to feast on tunny eggs, showing the area is a rich marine habitat that requires more protection say Smithsonian Institute scientists. The popular image of the whale shark is of a lone wanderer, scientists have found that when conditions are right they are more than happy to spend time together in very large groups.

Largest group of largest fish shows Mexican waters importance

Warmer seas bad news for threatened abalone and coastal economies

Warmer seas bad news for threatened abalone and coastal economies

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 13:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

As seas warm the northern abalone - a noted delicacy and important to coastal economies in north America - is likely to suffer further losses to add to the damage done by overfishing and poaching. The northern abalone lives along the North American west coast from Baja California to Alaska and is prized as a delicacy

Warmer seas bad news for threatened abalone and coastal economies

Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Posted Wed, 25 May 2011 17:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper in Nature today shows that anomalocaridids, giant predatory sea-creatures, survived 30 million years longer than was previously believed. The conclusion comes from the study of beautifully preserved soft-bodied fossils, found in Moroccan rocks, from the Ordovician period.

Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 21:11:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Hundreds feared dead, many injured. At least 118 people are dead and hundreds injured after a tornado hit the small city of Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. With around 1,500 people still unaccounted for, the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers battle severe weather conditions to search through the wreckage.

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 12:12:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

For the second summer an eruption in Iceland is causing travel disruption as the island's most active volcano releases a massive ash cloud into the atmosphere. On Saturday, 21 May Grimsvotn, Iceland's most active volcano, started to erupt sending ash plumes seven miles into the sky, rising to a peak altitude of 12 miles. Yesterday (May 23) 2,000 tonnes of ash a second were coming out of the crater, with 120 million tonnes released in the first 48 hours

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Celebrating turtles! Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue since 2000, World Turtle Day 2011 aims to increase our knowledge of, and respect for, turtles and tortoises. It also aims to encourage human actions to help turtles and tortoises survive and thrive.

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Hopes up for species survival

Hopes up for species survival

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

Two recent researches find that species extinction, while still very real, may not be as bad as it's been thought, calculated, and reported to be. A report in the May 19th issue of 'Nature' says that calculations used for determining extinction rates have been flawed, resulting in overestimation that can be greater than 160 percent.

Hopes up for species survival

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A team from University of Washington has discovered that so-called 'slow quakes' which often last for weeks, are topped off with a rapid backwards travelling quake. The results are published today in Nature Geoscience, as part of a 6-year study into these slow cousins of the more destructive earthquakes that have so recently made the news headlines.

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

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Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Posted Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:06:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

Posted Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:48:52 GMT by JW Dowey

The Ancient Romance of Samarqand.

Posted Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Posted Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:54:49 GMT by Paul Robinson

Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

Posted Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How mantis control their leaps.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Our evolution from jelly!

Posted Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

Posted Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:10:01 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

Tarsier Secretly Squeaking

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

Discovery of fossilised mouse teeth challenges beliefs about their ancestors

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 08:59:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The hummingbird and the nectar collector

Posted Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:07:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The drowning Baiji princess waits in vain

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

Plants bloom earlier in Canada

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:08:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

Monitoring lizard dispersal and evolution

Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Gannets prove to be discard specialists

Posted Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Echolocation: Call your partner or find your dinner

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson