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Chimpanzee Altruism

Chimpanzee Altruism

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When we help each other, it's often voluntary and we can offer varying forms of understanding. Whether our closest relative can concur with his fellow chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) when aiming for a goal could be a crucial question.

Chimpanzee Altruism

Can you hear the Jurassic crickets?

Can you hear the Jurassic crickets?

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The north of China has some perfectly preserved forewings of Jurassic insects. What research has made possible is, by comparison with living Prophalangopsids (sort-of-crickets) and electron microscopy of the stridulation apparatus, a complete and convincing 'reconstruction' of the pure tone at 6.4kHz.

Can you hear the Jurassic crickets?

New clues to animal climate change adaption

New clues to animal climate change adaption

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:41:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Mummified 30,000-year-old bison bones have been used to help scientists discover clues about how animals adapt to rapid climate change.

New clues to animal climate change adaption

Mammal Evolution: Mouse to elephant-size in 24 million generations

Mammal Evolution: Mouse to elephant-size in 24 million generations

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:47:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

It takes 24 million generations for a mammal the size of a mouse to become as large as an elephant, but just 100,000 generations to reverse the process and reach extreme dwarfism, say scientists studying mammal evolution.

Mammal Evolution: Mouse to elephant-size in 24 million generations

Tropical volcanoes caused Little Ice Age claim

Tropical volcanoes caused Little Ice Age claim

Posted Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:58:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Four massive tropical volcano eruptions started the Little Ice Age as early as 1275AD and caused cooling that lasted 500 years, say scientists.

Tropical volcanoes caused Little Ice Age claim

Green light for jumping spiders

Green light for jumping spiders

Posted Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:01:57 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How jumping spiders hunt successfully. New research shows that green light is necessary for jumping spider accuracy when hunting. The spiders are able to judge their jumps successfully in green light.

Green light for jumping spiders

Satellite mapping could help prevent coral reef decline

Satellite mapping could help prevent coral reef decline

Posted Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:43:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

By using sophisticated satellite mapping, the decline in coral reefs can be identified and measures put in place to help prevent it, says an American marine ecologist.

Satellite mapping could help prevent coral reef decline

Ubehebe holds fire (in Death Valley)

Ubehebe holds fire (in Death Valley)

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:14:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Scientists had believed that California's 600 feet deep Ubehebe Crater was an ancient volcanic creation. Forget that! Only 800 years ago, in 1300 AD, all hell reigned in Death Valley.

Ubehebe holds fire (in Death Valley)

Gregarious Cambrians (Siphusauctum gregarium) discovered

Gregarious Cambrians (Siphusauctum gregarium) discovered

Posted Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Large colonies of gregarious tulip creatures (Siphusauctum gregarium) from 500 million years ago have been discovered near the town of Field in Mount Stephen's Burgess Shale.

Gregarious Cambrians (Siphusauctum gregarium) discovered

Hubble discovers new galaxy cluster

Hubble discovers new galaxy cluster

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

The Hubble Space Telescope was used to discover a cluster of galaxies that are in the very first stages of formation.

Hubble discovers new galaxy cluster

Black hole jets observed

Black hole jets observed

Posted Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:39:00 GMT by James Mathews

The NASA Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer satellite, (RXTE) and the Very Long Baseline Array radio telescope, (VLBA) have helped astronomers identify the moment when a black hole sent jets of superfast gaseous knots into space.

Black hole jets observed

Big fat galaxy cluster discovered

Big fat galaxy cluster discovered

Posted Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:16:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The biggest and hottest galaxy cluster, nicknamed The Fat One, has been found by scientists

Big fat galaxy cluster discovered

Leaping Lizards and Self-righting Robots

Leaping Lizards and Self-righting Robots

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A multidisciplinary team of researchers have investigated how lizards use their tails to improve their ability to jump successfully. The separation between biology and engineering has been ignored in an interdisciplinary research project carried out at UC Berkeley.

Leaping Lizards and Self-righting Robots

An Ichthyosaur and other Tales

An Ichthyosaur and other Tales

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 08:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Valentin Fischer of the University of Liege, with several others, including Darren Naisch of the School of Earth Sciences at Southampton University, have illuminated the dark recesses of ichthyosaur biology with the unveiling of a new species.

An Ichthyosaur and other Tales

Brucellosis is an ancient disease

Brucellosis is an ancient disease

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:31:00 GMT by James Mathews

In Michigan, two teams of University researchers have just confirmed the existence of brucellosis in some ancient skeletal remains.

Brucellosis is an ancient disease

A brighter, more reliable future with LED lighting

A brighter, more reliable future with LED lighting

Posted Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:42:33 GMT by Dave Collier

A survey by the Energy Saving Trust has found numerous benefits in the adoption of LED lighting. The light-emitting diode (LED) is not a new invention. First created in 1927, they have slowly become an integral part of our daily lives.

A brighter, more reliable future with LED lighting

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Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Posted Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Posted Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:28:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:22:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Global warming and mammal body size

Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:54:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Take water, a pinch of salt and a moon called Europa

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:25:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest on your blood

Posted Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:19 GMT by JW Dowey

Lounging lizards and snake bytes

Posted Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:15:00 GMT by Astrid Madsen

New 'bio-Styrofoam' seems 'pretty green'

Posted Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:22:19 GMT by Rachel England

Nightingale's number one!

Posted Mon, 05 May 2014 09:46:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How to investigate your inner fish!

Posted Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts