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Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Oceanic eddies 300-miles wide don't just stretch across the surface of the ocean - they reach down to its depths, helping to connect isolated areas of the mid-oceanic ridges, and even providing 'lifts' to their inhabitants. So claims a new paper in Science which shows that these rotating currents help bring the 'seasons' of the surface to the darkest corners of the oceans.

Deep ocean larvae hitch ride on powerful eddies

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:10:00 GMT by Louise Murray

In a wildlife spectacle, a massive aggregation of over 300 humpback whales followed the biggest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in twenty years into bays in the Western Antarctic peninsula. The humpbacks were gorging on swarms of the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. Almost all life in the Southern Ocean is ultimately dependent on the protein-rich crustaceans, from seabirds, seals and penguins, to the filter feeding whales.

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:05:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

In one of the biggest mass-participation studies of its kind, 6,000 members of the public across Europe have helped document the evolutionary track of banded snails over the last fifty years. The Evolution Megalab project, published today in PloS One, shows that warmer temperatures are influencing snails in some areas – and threw up some interesting surprises.

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:46:00 GMT by Laura Brown

The government announces measures to kill the non-native species that is becoming a pest. The UK government is to remove a species of parakeet from the British countryside because it poses a threat to crops, electricity grids and native birds.

Wild parakeets face a UK cull

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:46:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

The continental USA sits on the North American Plate which shares near coastal boundaries with the Caribbean and Pacific Plates and two smaller tectonic plates. Earthquakes are a geological fact of life in America, but the nation has escaped a major earthquake for more than 100 years and this, according to a report by the National Research Council (NRC) has led to a false sense of security in Americans. America has suffered moderate to strong earthquakes in recent decades, but these have struck in sparsely populated regions.

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:23:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists have discovered flame retardant chemicals in peregrine falcon eggs. The study looked at eggs that had failed to hatch in falcon nests around Spain and Canada, including the Great Lakes Region. It was discovered that the levels of chemical compounds were higher in the eggs of birds living in coastal environments.

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Humpback whale song - Whales singing in the vast expanses of the oceans introduce new song elements into their repertoire each year, creating new 'remixes'. And the most popular tunes quickly ripple across the oceans in a massive cultural interchange that has no known parallels outside of homo sapiens. So say scientists studying Pacific humpback whales.

'Remixes' top humpback whale song charts

Tigers to return to Central Asia

Tigers to return to Central Asia

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:04:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Kazakhstan government announces programme to reintroduce tigers. In an unexpected announcement, WWF-Russia and the Kazakhstan government have initiated a programme to reintroduce tigers to Central Asia. The Kazakhstan government has taken steps to deal with poaching and habitat loss, the two biggest threats to the tiger reintroduction programme.

Tigers to return to Central Asia

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by David Hewitt

The Earth Times caught up with one of London's top bee experts to discover what's prompting growing numbers of city-dwellers to set up hives in their own back yards. From New York to Paris and all points in between, city-dwellers are embracing the simple pleasures of beekeeping in their thousands.

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:51:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

With the one-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill disaster looming in the near future, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has released a report written by senior scientist Dr. Doug Inkley that details the current state of both the wildlife and the wetlands in the region. Although the report's findings indicate that some species have begun to show signs of recovery, many others are still in peril and will require the help of legislators, conservation groups, scientists and regulatory bodies in order to survive.

Gulf Wildlife and Wetlands Vulnerable, says NWF

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Taking the Plan Bee roads

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

The Co-operative has launched the Pan Bee project to create a series of 'Bee Roads' across the UK to act as main routes for pollinators including bees. As part of its £750,000 Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative will help identify and convert corridors of land to create and secure habitats for pollinators, starting in Yorkshire.

Taking the Plan Bee roads

March Of The King Crabs

March Of The King Crabs

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:09:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

King Crabs are invading Antarctica's waters and putting the fragile ecosystem there at peril. The worry is that the invasion of the shell crushing crabs could have a disastrous effect on Antarctica's ecosystem. King Crabs haven't inhabited the area in some 40 million years and many of the region's molluscs, such as clams, brittle stars and snails have evolved softer shells, which offer no defence to the crabs' strong claws.

March Of The King Crabs

Dolphins Dying in Record Numbers in Gulf of Mexico

Dolphins Dying in Record Numbers in Gulf of Mexico

Posted Sat, 09 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Rise in deaths of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico prompts the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association to declare it an ''Unusual Mortality Event.'' the NOAA has confirmed that more than 400 dolphins have been found stranded in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, but this number is most likely just a fraction of the total number of actual deaths.

Dolphins Dying in Record Numbers in Gulf of Mexico

Research discovers darker feathers mean healthier pigeons

Research discovers darker feathers mean healthier pigeons

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:36:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Research paper in the Journal for Avian Biology studies how different coloured feathers can suggest different health levels amongst urban pigeons. A study of pigeons in the centre of Pairs has discovered birds with darker feathers are healthier, have stronger immune systems and are more attractive to the opposite sex than their lighter coloured counterparts.

Research discovers darker feathers mean healthier pigeons

Cave fish have evolved to sleep less

Cave fish have evolved to sleep less

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

Cave dwelling fish have evolved to need much less sleep than their surface cousins in an adaptation that might help them to avoid missing out on rare food. Cave fish have many adaptations to their dark environments including eyelessness, loss of pigmentation, changed feeding behaviour and metabolic patterns, but this is the first time that researchers have documented genetic changes in sleep patterns.

Cave fish have evolved to sleep less

East vs. West: Lion populations in Africa shown to be genetically different

East vs. West: Lion populations in Africa shown to be genetically different

Posted Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:35:23 GMT by Helen Roddis

Lions in West and Central Africa and lions in East and southern Africa show marked genetic differences, according to new research. By analysing mitochondrial DNA of lions from all over Africa and from India, including sequences from extinct lions, such as the Atlas lion in Morocco, the researchers were able to identify that lions from West and Central Africa were, surprisingly, more related to lions from the Asiatic subspecies than they were to their East and southern African neighbours.

East vs. West: Lion populations in Africa shown to be genetically different

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