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Australian volcanoes overdue an eruption warn scientists

Australian volcanoes overdue an eruption warn scientists

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

By using the latest dating techniques Australian scientists believe that parts of the country are at risk from overdue volcano eruptions and are calling for emergency plans to be put in place. There are concerns that no plans are in place to deal with eruptions or seismic activity.

Australian volcanoes overdue an eruption warn scientists

Minuscule water boatman boasts loudest shout of them all

Minuscule water boatman boasts loudest shout of them all

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

A minute species of water boatman has been shown to be able to 'turn up the volume to 11', and so out-shout all other animals in the noise-making department, according to a study being presented the Society for Experimental Biology annual conference. At 99 decibels, the mating call of Micronecta scholtzi blasts out louder than elephant or whale, when body weight is taken into consideration.

Minuscule water boatman boasts loudest shout of them all

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

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Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!

Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!

Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary.

Posted Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:16:55 GMT by JW. Dowey

Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:01 GMT by JW. Dowey

Army ants tolerate multiple evolutions of beetle mimics

Posted Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Posted Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Bottlenose dolphins whistle hello

Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

No Leopard like a Snow Leopard

Posted Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:39:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

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

Earthquake strikes Spain, killing at least eight people

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 20:05:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

The strange case of cats and dingo dogs

Posted Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Jelly and Sea Tomatoes?

Posted Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Lost World of Australia

Posted Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:48:41 GMT by JW Dowey

Stinging Cells in Eyeless Hydra React to Light

Posted Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The hunting leech

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:09:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Tarantula in the scanner unveils its double-beating heart

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