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The Game of Life

The Game of Life

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:21:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Advanced social behaviour of higher primates, cetaceans and a few others are investigated in a unique experiment with 96 undergraduates in a Sims-like virtual world.

The Game of Life

Biological community building

Biological community building

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Scientists have approached the community of plants and animals that builds in a natural habitat from a novel direction in a new study. Using caves as isolated, extreme habitats for a community, they worked out whether the organism's niche acts as a mechanism to keep the community operating in an ecosystem.

Biological community building

Island diversity using hosts

Island diversity using hosts

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:57:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

An international group of scientists have researched an age-old problem of genetic diversity on islands.

Island diversity using hosts

Bonaparte the bird-like dinosaur - Bonapartenykus ultimus

Bonaparte the bird-like dinosaur - Bonapartenykus ultimus

Posted Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:30:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fossils from a new bird-like dinosaur species have been discovered in Patagonia. At 70 million years old, 'Bonaparte' or Bonapartenykus ultimus has fascinated palaeontologists and closely resembles Patagonykus.

Bonaparte the bird-like dinosaur - Bonapartenykus ultimus

Amazonian Solutions from 1200 A.D.

Amazonian Solutions from 1200 A.D.

Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The black soils or 'tera preta' of the Amazon forests were created by burning and composting, in an Pre-Columbian farming style that is still much admired. A study has looked at how these ancient farming techniques may be used to help reduce deforestation.

Amazonian Solutions from 1200 A.D.

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

Posted Sat, 07 Apr 2012 11:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Yuka, a young mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), was found preserved in the permafrost of Siberia. Was this mammoth killed by lions or humans and why did the mammoth become extinct? Over 10,000 years later, scientists search for answers.

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

Feathered dinosaur discovered in China - Yutyrannus huali

Feathered dinosaur discovered in China - Yutyrannus huali

Posted Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered by palaeontologists in China. Yutyrannus huali or 'beautiful feathered tyrant' is the largest feathered dinosaur species discovery to date.

Feathered dinosaur discovered in China - Yutyrannus huali

Burgess Shale - Life and death as they knew it

Burgess Shale - Life and death as they knew it

Posted Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:37:51 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Burgess Shale fossils are one major example of the Cambrian carbonaceous compressions of small bodied animals in mud.

Burgess Shale - Life and death as they knew it

Water fleas swap infection for reproduction

Water fleas swap infection for reproduction

Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A Daphnia freshwater flea trades reproduction for resistance to a deadly parasite, say American scientists.

Water fleas swap infection for reproduction

Fishy modelling

Fishy modelling

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Modelling and hydrodynamics. If locomotion drove evolution in the same way as it seemed to drive the industrial revolution, ignoring the efficiency of an animal's metabolism, these models of marine animals could almost be the real thing.

Fishy modelling

Capsule to combat radioactive drinks

Capsule to combat radioactive drinks

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:45:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Scientists have created a capsule that can eliminate 15 radioactive substances from contaminated drinks.

Capsule to combat radioactive drinks

Comets helped bring about life on Earth

Comets helped bring about life on Earth

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Comets crashing to Earth billions of years ago, contained the basic building blocks for life, scientists believe.

Comets helped bring about life on Earth

Butterfly wings idea boosts hydrogen production

Butterfly wings idea boosts hydrogen production

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:45:01 GMT by Linden Volsun

Scientists have developed a way of doubling hydrogen gas production that is modelled on the structure of black butterfly wings.

Butterfly wings idea boosts hydrogen production

Madagascar about the girls

Madagascar about the girls

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Proof that the people of Madagascar are of Indonesian origin. Genetics have provided evidence of the Polynesian DNA (mitochondrial) in Madagascar from remote Oceania and Y chromosome 'haplogroups' from south-east Asia and Oceania.

Madagascar about the girls

Sexual selection by Chemoattractants

Sexual selection by Chemoattractants

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

In the history of science, sperm chemoattraction has long been recorded in a large variety of species, including plants. When a sperm can find an unfertilised egg more easily, sexual selection and a host of other efficient systems improve.

Sexual selection by Chemoattractants

3D orientation does it for us and chicks

3D orientation does it for us and chicks

Posted Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:00:27 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In extreme conditions or even in normal situations, an animal has to get itself back into the groove quickly after any disorientation. Survival normally depends on it. Your sense of place is dependent on either panorama-matching processes or by matching the actual 3D geometry of a place.

3D orientation does it for us and chicks

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Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:10:06 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pollution: chemical weapons destroyed in US

Posted Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:55:21 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:46:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Posted Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:51:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:17:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:23:02 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Hubble discovers new galaxy cluster

Posted Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:52:00 GMT by James Mathews

The Ice Age Elephant - Mammuthus primigenius

Posted Sat, 07 Apr 2012 11:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Two disasters may have killed the dinosaurs

Posted Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Calls for Independent Monitoring of Deep Sea Oil Exploitation

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 22:33:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Stratolaunch Systems privately-financed space travel service

Posted Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:27:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

How techy is Eric?

Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Can the leopard change its spots?

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:11:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Surfing by tortoises

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson