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England's most-important natural refuges identified

England's most-important natural refuges identified

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:26:00 GMT by David Hewitt

A handful of unremarkable spots are serving as valuable refuges for England's rarest species, a new report has revealed. England's rarest species of animals are not majestic eagles or regal deer, nor are the country's most important natural sites to be found in any of the popular National Parks. Instead, the rarest plants and animals are to be found - usually with a magnifying glass - in some of less presupposing parts of this green and pleasant land.

England's most-important natural refuges identified

Yet another natural disaster in the offing for California

Yet another natural disaster in the offing for California

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:55:00 GMT by Michael Evans

We are used to hearing that an earthquake will be the next natural disaster in California, but a recent study suggests that a severe storm is just as likely and could cause three times as much damage.

Yet another natural disaster in the offing for California

Disrupted routine causes feline hypochondria

Disrupted routine causes feline hypochondria

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:04:01 GMT by Michael Evans

Domestic cats show symptoms of illness when routine is disturbed. For thousands of years people all over the world have kept cats as household pets. The earliest known example comes from a grave that was discovered in Cyprus in 2004. It and contains two skeletons laid closely together, one of a human and the other of a cat and is believed to be 9,500 years old.

Disrupted routine causes feline hypochondria

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:40:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Viruses affecting honey bees can cross over from other species of native pollinator and vice versa. The decline in pollinator populations during the past two decades has caused major concern in the agricultural and scientific community. Pollinators of all types are vital to agriculture and are responsible for the production of crops worth US$225 billion worldwide. In the United States alone honey bees account for an added market crop exceeding US$15 million.

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Chaser the Super Smart Wonder Dog

Chaser the Super Smart Wonder Dog

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:10:02 GMT by Michael Evans

Chaser is a super smart border collie who can recognise and understand the names of 1022 objects. Many readers will have seen or read of amazing animals who can count, or respond to complex commands. Most of these are the result of simple stage tricks, but researchers at South Carolina's prestigious Wofford College have Chaser the Wonder Dog.

Chaser the Super Smart Wonder Dog

Global Warming could put an end to North Sea Cod

Global Warming could put an end to North Sea Cod

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:50:00 GMT by Lynn Parr

A new study shows that increasing water temperature in the North Sea is pushing zooplankton species further north, resulting in less food for young cod. Global warming will adversely affect the recovery of the Atlantic Cod in the North Sea, a new study shows.

Global Warming could put an end to North Sea Cod

Busy as bee? They need their rest too!

Busy as bee? They need their rest too!

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:29:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Its not just humans but bees too need their rest. A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin shows that sleep-deprived honey bees also experienced communication problems. Dr. Barrett Klein, a ecology, evolution and behavior researcher at the university says that they advertised the direction to a food site less precisely to their fellow bees.

Busy as bee? They need their rest too!

Family social stress affects children - even birds

Family social stress affects children - even birds

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:11:23 GMT by Michael Evans

Franco-Austrian study indicates that stressed female birds can lay eggs that produce stressed chicks. The debate between nature and nurture first began in the mid-19th century when Charles Darwin's cousin, Francis Galton raised the question of whether hereditary or environmental factors were the prime influences with respect to social advancement.

Family social stress affects children - even birds

How invasive species can trigger mass extinctions

How invasive species can trigger mass extinctions

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:26:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Researchers from Ohio suggest that human activity that is allowing the introduction of invasive species into ecosystems tcould potentially lead to the Eath's sixth mass extinction. 65 million years ago dinosaurs dominated the Earth. Global temperatures were between six and 14 degrees Celsius warmer than at present and sea levels were over 300 metres higher. 40% of the present land mass was under the sea.

How invasive species can trigger mass extinctions

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:03:12 GMT by Paromita Pain

Içás, or queen ants in Brazil are a delicacy. Spring rains in October and November drive the ants out of the ground, and for a few short weeks. But this year pesticides have threatened the social and the ecological aspect of ant hunting. The principal culprits are pesticides used on eucalyptus trees that are planted to produce cellulose for paper and other products.

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

The Silvereye Learns to Shout Above Traffic

The Silvereye Learns to Shout Above Traffic

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 09:12:46 GMT by Lynn Parr

One species of Australian bird, the silvereye, has been found to change its songs to compensate for lound traffic noise in urban areas. Some Australian birds are learning to shout to make themselves heard above traffic noise. The silvereye in urban environments have been found to sing higher-pitched but slower songs than those in rural areas.

The Silvereye Learns to Shout Above Traffic

Super Efficient Feeding Habits of Blue Whales

Super Efficient Feeding Habits of Blue Whales

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:56:54 GMT by Michael Evans

A Canadian study to contrast the amount of energy a blue whale could expend during one dive, with the amount of energy it could get from the food it collected. As most people will know, the blue whale is the largest animal alive and probably the largest animal that has ever lived. When a blue whale calf is born it is as big as a fully-grown hippopotamus and during its first seven months it will drink about 400 litres of its mother's milk every day.

Super Efficient Feeding Habits of Blue Whales

Bumblebee Paper by 8 to 10-year-olds published by Royal Society

Bumblebee Paper by 8 to 10-year-olds published by Royal Society

Posted Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:11:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Biology Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of Britain's Royal Society, on Wednesday published a report (complete with colored-pencil diagrams) on how bumblebees see colors and patterns -- conducted and written by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds in Devon, England. They reported that the bees were capable of learning and remembering cues based on color and pattern -- a finding that the Royal Society called ''a genuine advance.''

Bumblebee Paper by 8 to 10-year-olds published by Royal Society

Celebrating the years: Red-tailed hawk style

Celebrating the years: Red-tailed hawk style

Posted Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:03:55 GMT by Paromita Pain

A red tailed hawk recently found in New York is being deemed to be the oldest hawk in history. The bird's age from a ring on its leg puts its age at 27 years. A female, this is remarkable because most red tailed hawks don't survive beyond 10 to 12 years.

Celebrating the years: Red-tailed hawk style

Volcano proves a big draw for American tourists

Volcano proves a big draw for American tourists

Posted Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:45:00 GMT by John Dean

Eyjafjallajokull volcano created misery for millions of travellers, it resulted in a 16 per cent increase in tourism from North America to the island for the first eleven months of 2010, compared with the same period last year.

Volcano proves a big draw for American tourists

Be a bee fan: New York agrees to beekeepers

Be a bee fan: New York agrees to beekeepers

Posted Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:35:01 GMT by Paromita Pain

New York City made beekeeping legal recently. It has changed the way residents view bees. No longer are they just pesky 'bugs'. People are now going out of their way to understand the importance of bees in the environmental and becoming avid beekeepers.The city has safety features in place to keep keepers and people safe.

Be a bee fan: New York agrees to beekeepers

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Mammals as they used to be.

Posted Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Posted Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Posted Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Posted Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Posted Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spot (or hear) the vole - in the snow

Posted Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity helps mammals adapt to climate change

Posted Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Madagascar is Worlds Apart

Posted Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:36:38 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Shrink-wrapped Shrimps

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The bumblebee gecko from Papua New Guinea - Nactus kunan

Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:43:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Humpback whales in super-aggregation in Antarctica

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

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:45:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

First Usain Bolt, and now, Bats

Posted Sat, 01 Oct 2011 18:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Extinct' monkey found in Borneo rainforest

Posted Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:06:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Jellyfish blooms leave fish short-changed

Posted Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Eleven new bee species

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong