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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

Forget cats - it's escaped pet snakes wreaking havoc in Florida Everglades

Forget cats - it's escaped pet snakes wreaking havoc in Florida Everglades

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

For the native birds of the Everglades, keeping an eye out for pythons is an increasing preoccupation. The burgeoning population of snakes, descended from pet-escapees, is seen as an increasing threat to some of the endangered species of Florida's National Park, says a study published in this month's BioOne. Filed in environmental isssues: florida/snakes/nature.

Forget cats - it's escaped pet snakes wreaking havoc in Florida Everglades

Bad news for bees and us

Bad news for bees and us

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:03:02 GMT by Ruth Hendry

A new report shows multiple threats to the world's bee colonies, leading to worries about global food security. Scientists are warning that we need to rethink the way in which humans manage the planet if we are to feed a growing world population. Bees and other pollinators are hugely important in global food production and integral to healthy ecosystems. Filed under environmental issues: ecosystems/nature.

Bad news for bees and us

Shrimp backs scientists vertical migration theory

Shrimp backs scientists vertical migration theory

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:31:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Creatures that currently live in warm, shallow waters, can often survive in much harsher environments a team at Southampton University has found. A team at University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Sciences (SOES) used the aptly-named variable shrimp to test there hypothesis that as deep sea creatures were killed off by climate change their places were taken by their neighbours in the shallow water. Filed under environmental issues: Migration/Nature.

Shrimp backs scientists vertical migration theory

There is no such thing as a dormant volcano

There is no such thing as a dormant volcano

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Michael Evans

New research indicates that volcanoes long thought to be dormant, can revive in a matter of months. It has traditionally been accepted that once a volcano's magma chamber had cooled down this was the sign that it had become dormant and that it was likely to remain so for many centuries. But research published in the latest edition of Nature casts doubt on this hypothesis. Filed under environmental issues: Volcanoes/Nature.

There is no such thing as a dormant volcano

Mum at 60 - oldest bird in the U.S. has a chick

Mum at 60 - oldest bird in the U.S. has a chick

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Spring is sprung, the grass is green and a 60 year old albatross has a new addition to her brood! At 60 years old, Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, is the oldest wild bird known in the U.S. First recorded in 1956 as she incubated an egg, Wisdom has seen it all - from the first man on the moon, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and beyond. Filed under environmental issues: Wildlife/Nature.

Mum at 60 - oldest bird in the U.S. has a chick

Organic burials: corpse to compost in six months

Organic burials: corpse to compost in six months

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:12:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Transforming corpses into compost is a much more eco-friendly process than traditional burial, or energy-hungry cremation. Environmentalists now have the option of a clean, green method for their last act of recycling. The promession process of organic burial involves first freezing the body to minus 18 degrees C, then freeze drying in liquid nitrogen at almost minus 200 degrees.

Organic burials: corpse to compost in six months

Trunks a lot pal! Elephants learn to work together says new test

Trunks a lot pal! Elephants learn to work together says new test

Posted Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Elephants are commonly regarded as being intelligent but the sheer size of these majestic beasts has made proving that tough - until now. New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences in America aims to prove that Elephants are clued-up enough to know how to work as a team.

Trunks a lot pal! Elephants learn to work together says new test

Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Posted Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:15:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Getting past media sensationalism to discover the real causes of mass animal death. Since last December when 83,000 Drum fish were washed up in Arkansas and thousands of blackbirds fell dead just 100km away in the town of Beebe, the world media has been full of reports of mass animal deaths. Journalists have gone as far as to nickname the phenomena 'aflockalypse'.

Losing sight of the real causes of mass animal death?

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:44:30 GMT by Nicolette Smith

The invasion of the American north-west by the Tamarisk Tree and its natural enemy; the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle. The Tamarisk Leaf Beetle is inadvertently battling one of the greatest threats to the U.S. water reserves… by eating it. The Tamarisk Tree, which survives by absorbing river water in a sponge-like manner, has met its nemesis in the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle, an insect whose favourite food of choice is Tamarisk Tree leaf.

Never mind zombies; invasion of the Tamarisk trees is officially here

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:10:00 GMT by Nicolette Smith

Morel mushrooms much older than previously assumed. Ah, the humble mushroom; love them or hate them, they certainly have a distinctive flavour. The results from a recent study conducted by a research team at the University of Oregon's College of Forest Ecosystems and Society has revealed new insights into our love affair with the common morel.

Mushrooms; scientists reveal potted history of a neglected food source

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A reworking of satellite data is helping scientists track the Arctic spring and summer plankton blooms - that color the sea green as the ice retreats. Understanding how these evolve will help to paint the bigger picture of Arctic ecology as its sea-ice continues to disappear. Vast blooms of phytoplankton take advantage of the nutrient-rich sun-lit waters, starting off a cascade of life up the entire length of the Arctic food chain.

Eye in the sky watching Arctic blooms

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How mantis control their leaps.

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Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

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Our evolution from jelly!

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Cooperative fin whales in Baja California

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Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

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Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

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Seahorses live further north than we thought

Posted Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Posted Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sat-nav ospreys tracked from Scotland - destination Africa: Updated

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:11:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

Posted Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nightlife for Bull ants

Posted Wed, 29 May 2013 10:56:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Four centuries of forestry

Posted Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:04:55 GMT by JW Dowey

Revelatory ape maturity in Sumatra and Borneo

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A Variety of Fruit Selections

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It's a peach of a story

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Butterflies benefit from being social

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A Tale of Thresher Sharks

Posted Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:15:23 GMT by Paul Robinson

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

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