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Japan's continuing history of seismic disasters

Japan's continuing history of seismic disasters

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:16:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Throughout its history Japan has been subject to seismic disasters. This latest one shows no sign of abating and could even result in a global catastrophe. As if this catastrophe was not enough, the crippling of the Fukushima No 1 power plant has exposed a mortifying catalogue of complacency and shortfalls in safety procedures. Conflicting stories and evasive explanations became the norm once it was clear that things were going badly wrong

Japan's continuing history of seismic disasters

Survival of the unfittest can work for bacteria

Survival of the unfittest can work for bacteria

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:55:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Evolution doesn't always favor the fit, according to a new paper in Nature. In certain circumstances, both fit and unfit bacteria can live in diverse communities, even in very simple environments. The key factor is how mutation rates and food-exploiting efficiency are interlinked - it turns out that the best bacteria are often prone to higher levels of mutation.

Survival of the unfittest can work for bacteria

'Songs For Japan' album released

'Songs For Japan' album released

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:36:00 GMT by Andy Tillett

'Songs for Japan' featuring U2, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles and Justin Timberlake has been released through online music store iTunes. The compilation album sees 38 artists donate tracks and waive royalties to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society's relief efforts in the country, which was devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.

'Songs For Japan' album released

UK's Buglife invites the nation on an Oil Beetle Hunt!

UK's Buglife invites the nation on an Oil Beetle Hunt!

Posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:30:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

With the UK's hedgerows abuzz again as spring finally unfurls, the charity for creepy-crawly conservation, Buglife, is calling on all garden adventurers to join them on an Oil Beetle Hunt. Keep your eyes peeled, identify them and then upload your sightings - photos and all - to help save one the UK's most beautiful but threatened bug species.

UK's Buglife invites the nation on an Oil Beetle Hunt!

Sloth dung points to stark future for Joshua Trees

Sloth dung points to stark future for Joshua Trees

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:02:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Joshua tree could be badly affected by this century's predicted temperature rise - it could be eliminated from up to 90% of its current range. That's the message coming from sloth dung, which scientists have pored over to discern the effect of prior periods of warming on the Joshua tree.

Sloth dung points to stark future for Joshua Trees

From garbage tip to wildlife haven - new theory for Everglades tree islands

From garbage tip to wildlife haven - new theory for Everglades tree islands

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:55:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Human waste-tips some 5,000 years ago helped to build south Florida's tree-islands, new research being presented at today's American Geophysical Union's Chapman Conference shows. As the waste piled up, the ground became raised enough for trees to colonize - and then stabilize - these island wildlife sanctuaries in the Everglades' Shark River Slough.

From garbage tip to wildlife haven - new theory for Everglades tree islands

Genetic analysis ends 20 years of debate over whether the Amsterdam albatross is separate species

Genetic analysis ends 20 years of debate over whether the Amsterdam albatross is separate species

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:24:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Genetic analysis confirms the world's rarest albatross is a separate species. The Amsterdam albatross is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. It is an extremely large albatross that breeds only on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean, where its total population is made up of just 130 individuals. The Amsterdam albatross's breeding range is restricted further still, to a single area of the island known as the Plateau des Tourbieres.

Genetic analysis ends 20 years of debate over whether the Amsterdam albatross is separate species

Animals help increase diversity of plant life in forested areas of France

Animals help increase diversity of plant life in forested areas of France

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:27:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Although large animals in French forests are responsible for a certain amount of damage, they also are effective in contributing to plant diversity. They discovered that one plant, the gypsy flower, was not found at the time of the original survey and only began to appear in 1981. It is now widespread, particularly in areas most frequented by large forest mammals.

Animals help increase diversity of plant life in forested areas of France

Not just a pretty face: adult Barbary macaques recognise photos of friends

Not just a pretty face: adult Barbary macaques recognise photos of friends

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:16:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

According to new research, untrained Barbary macaques are able to differentiate between pictures of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Scientists discovered that the monkeys were able recognise photographs of group members, and spent more time studying pictures of animals that were not part of their social circle.

Not just a pretty face: adult Barbary macaques recognise photos of friends

On the move - 'endangered species should shift with climate'

On the move - 'endangered species should shift with climate'

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Climate-endangered species should be moved to new compatible habitats, in order to prevent extinctions threatened by global warming. So says a conservationist from the University of York. As long as care is taken is selecting suitable new locations, such radical steps should help slow down rising species loss.

On the move - 'endangered species should shift with climate'

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:28:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

The Andean cat, an elusive species of feline has been discovered to inhabit a much bigger range than was previously imagined. A single photograph of two Andean cats in the foothills of Argentina convinced the WCS researchers and their team to extensively survey 31,000 square kilometres of Argentina's Mendoza and Neuquen provinces.

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

Deep water thresher sharks come into the shallows for a wash and scrub-up

Deep water thresher sharks come into the shallows for a wash and scrub-up

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:40:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Pelagic thresher sharks are coming up from the deeps in the Philippines to be cleaned of ectoparasites. This is the first study of wild shark interactions with cleaner fish. The sharks will drown if they do not continuously circulate oxygenated water over their gills, so they make repeat circular passes over the discreet areas of the reef where the cleaner species hold court.

Deep water thresher sharks come into the shallows for a wash and scrub-up

Foo Fighters to play New Zealand earthquake benefit show

Foo Fighters to play New Zealand earthquake benefit show

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:57:01 GMT by Andy Tillett

Foo Fighters are playing a show to raise money for victims of the recent New Zealand earthquake. The 'Rope' rockers are heading to the Auckland Town hall in the nation's capital on March 22 to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund. The earthquake killed nearly 200 people and wreaked devastation over the city, the second largest in New Zealand, on February 22.

Foo Fighters to play New Zealand earthquake benefit show

Older is wiser elephant study shows

Older is wiser elephant study shows

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:33:02 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new study used recordings of lions to prove that older elephants are indeed wiser elephants and that groups are willing to accept the leadership of a wise old head and thrive as a result. Scientists from the University of Sussex have just published the results of their research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Biological Sciences and say that elephant groups with elderly female members make better decisions because they defer to the superior knowledge of their seniors.

Older is wiser elephant study shows

Join in with National Wildlife Week

Join in with National Wildlife Week

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Celebrate U.S. flora and fauna during National Wildlife Week, 14-20 March. ''Walk, Climb, Run and Leap your way into celebrating National Wildlife Week!'' That's the message from the National Wildlife Foundation. They want Americans to get out and celebrate the amazing wildlife diversity in their country, whether it's panthers in Florida or monk seals in Hawaii.

Join in with National Wildlife Week

Blink-182 and Linkin Park raising money for Japan

Blink-182 and Linkin Park raising money for Japan

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:52:00 GMT by Louise Saunders

More celebrities including band Blink-182, Linkin Park and Charlie Sheen have pledged to raise money for Japan. Following the devastating 8.9 magnitude quake last Friday (11.03.11) many celebrities have urged their twitter followers to donate to the Red Cross relief effort, but some raising the stakes higher with auctions and donations.

Blink-182 and Linkin Park raising money for Japan

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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

Orangutan engineer gains degree

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:23:24 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:02:01 GMT by Nicolette Smith

New flood warnings for New York as Tropical Storm crosses northeast

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:46:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Muriqui Mothers - a stabilising influence

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

The jumping fish with a tale of the earliest land creatures

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:47:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:30:01 GMT by John Dean

Minuscule water boatman boasts loudest shout of them all

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

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

600 new species discovered in Madagascar over the past decade

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