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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

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:00:02 GMT by Michael Evans

Recent serious earthquakes should serve as a wakeup call to the US Pacific Northwest. What has happened in Japan could well be what will happen in the Pacific Northwest. As if the earthquake wasn't enough, it unleashed a devastating tsunami that has resulted in thousands of deaths and turned large parts of many communities into complete rubble. It is said to be the costliest disaster in world history.

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

Fire-scarred oaks reveal how Illinois changed under Native and settler Americans

Fire-scarred oaks reveal how Illinois changed under Native and settler Americans

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:08:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Fire was one of the main elements controlling the landscape around Illinois, according to a new paper in the journal Castanea. That landscape shifted from open wood and prairie to dense maple forest, as the use of 'controlled fires' changed. That is the story revealed in the multiple fire-scars found in 200 year old tree-rings of the state's once dominant post oaks.

Fire-scarred oaks reveal how Illinois changed under Native and settler Americans

Two new species of freshwater stingray discovered in the Amazon

Two new species of freshwater stingray discovered in the Amazon

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:45:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Scientists have discovered two large species of stingray living in Amazonian basin in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. The 80cm diameter, 25 kilo pancake-shaped beasts were found in the deeper channels of the river. Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho, ichthyologist at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil was lead scientist and published his results in the journal Zootaxa.

Two new species of freshwater stingray discovered in the Amazon

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

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

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

The record of earthquakes past may be preserved in water-lain sediments, according to research from Tel Aviv University. These fossil-quakes leave tell-tale wave marks and help push back the record of seismic activity thousands of years. And the more information on an area's seismic past, the more confidently we can project future risks.

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

Death key to sex life of Satyrium pumilum orchid

Death key to sex life of Satyrium pumilum orchid

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:29:00 GMT by Louise Murray

A South African orchid mimics the stench of corpses to draw in its pollinating carrion flies. The orchid, Satyrium pumilum targets a carrion feeding flesh fly as its pollinator and is so convincing that female flies have been seen laying eggs in the flower. In addition to its smelly perfume of decaying corpse, the interior of the flower is a mottled brown in colour that resembles rotting meat. Environmental issues: orchid/nature.

Death key to sex life of Satyrium pumilum orchid

Magnitude 9.0: When the Earth Quaked and the Ocean Raged

Magnitude 9.0: When the Earth Quaked and the Ocean Raged

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:55:41 GMT by Michelle Simon

Honshu, Japan: At 05:46 UTC (02:46 PM - Local Time at the Epicentre) one of the most powerful earthquakes recorded in quake history, off the east coast of Japan, 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Honshu, Japan. Filed in environmental issues: earthquake/tsunami/nature.

Magnitude 9.0: When the Earth Quaked and the Ocean Raged

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Posted Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Jackdaws lose their winning ways

Posted Wed, 06 Aug 2014 04:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diet in mammals is complex

Posted Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Forest loss accelerates

Posted Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How are butterflies and moths related?

Posted Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:14:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Cats control lizard populations but the reptiles adapt well

Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bear with us

Posted Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:50:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Gannets prove to be discard specialists

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

Desert memories and route guidance - for ants

Posted Wed, 28 May 2014 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The whales don't mix between ocean basins

Posted Wed, 21 May 2014 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Giant polyandrous bees

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:28:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Trees killed by Pine Beetles create more dangerous fires

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

A First: Knocking the spots off your cheetah

Posted Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:59:22 GMT by Dave Armstrong

30 milliseconds the price of life for extraordinary jumping bird

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

Cave fish have evolved to sleep less

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Gorilla Glutes get the Girls

Posted Wed, 02 May 2012 20:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Marine reserve's dramatic recovery shocks scientists

Posted Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:44:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

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

Invasions from 'above' worse than those from 'below'

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:08:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Track the prey, miss the whale

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett