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Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Posted Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:32:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

CERN scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider may have seen the missing Higgs boson or 'god particle'.

Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

Posted Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A study of the rhesus macaque and primate genetic diversity. The diversity of primates is legion, but within each species is a diversity that has enabled them to conquer continents, forest, scrub and mountain environments.

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new research study on the the molecular landscape of brain evolution and cognition of dolphins has been published today.

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

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

Human ancestors two million years ago ate plants, including bark, and had teeth chemistry like giraffes, new research suggests.

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Posted Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:32:10 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new essay published in PLoS ONE looks at macroecology and sustainability. Humans are constrained by the systems that operate within the planet earth's ecological framework. Ecology has always been a minor partner in human endeavours, but seems to be the crucial one for us now.

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Posted Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Elephant pregnancy lasts for 22 months. At up to 680 days (average 647 days), elephants have the longest gestation period on earth. New research, published in Biological Sciences, investigates.

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Archaea live long and slowly

Archaea live long and slowly

Posted Sat, 02 Jun 2012 19:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

T-Rex came and went, then mammals ruled, all the while the single-celled archaeon persisted with its slow growth lifestyle. Distantly related to bacteria, archaea have the slowest growth rate known to date.

Archaea live long and slowly

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Posted Wed, 30 May 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Volcanic super-eruptions, with the potential to wipe out huge populations, could take just hundreds of years to form rather than the 100,000 previously thought, say American geologists.

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Sex determination in birds

Sex determination in birds

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ZZW hen is female to start with but develops male characteristics and produces no fertile gametes (eggs OR sperm). Except that is for the ZZW Kentish plover, noted in the study of sex determination in birds.

Sex determination in birds

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Posted Sat, 26 May 2012 11:02:39 GMT by Michael Evans

Earthquake prediction is an inexact science and the recent Italian earthquake has highlighted the danger of not taking adequate precautions. An Anglo-Russian satelite programme hopes to be able to use electromagnetic signals as a means of early warning.

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 12:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Theropod dinosaurs ruled the earth then died out in the Cretaceous, leaving the little mammals to diversify. Many genomes are now examinable for signs of diversification in these species' past.

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 10:40:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In Patagonia, which was part of southern Gondwanaland, a very early complete (almost) theropod dinosaur example has been found from the middle of the Jurassic period, 40 million years before any relative.

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 13:27:20 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Robotic fish used to find pollution. A four-foot robot fish that uses artificial intelligence to track, find and record water pollution is being tested.

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Posted Fri, 18 May 2012 15:16:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

American university researchers have found how flowers have an efficient way of reproducing, ensuring that fertilisation is successful even if the initial pollen is faulty.

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 10:28:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mutual benefits of a relationship between an ant species and pitcher plant; mutualism. Only one of the 120 species of the Nepenthes genus has been found so far to use a single plant - ant species within its tissues to help out.

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

History of a giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

History of a giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

Posted Sun, 13 May 2012 15:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ecology of coastal giant salamanders, (Dicamptodon tenebrosus). Research into the genetic structure and history of giant salamander populations in the United States and Canada.

History of a giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

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Butterflies just love ants ---.

Posted Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT by JW, Dowey

First known manta ray nursery in Florida and new species news!

Posted Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:35:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Models and mimics are marvels in SE Asia

Posted Wed, 02 May 2018 07:50:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Otters and their social learning abilities.

Posted Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Our vertebrate relatives have evolved plenty of Jaw

Posted Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Salamander polyploid amazes with its genome (s)

Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:56:47 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Tempo of Evolution is revealed on Hawaii

Posted Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Posted Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Social Mobsters in the Kalahari

Posted Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More power from spinach

Posted Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:03:37 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

New Research Suggests How Pterodactyls Really Flew

Posted Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:41:08 GMT by Julian Jackson

Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

Posted Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:20:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Patter of peripatus feet

Posted Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Skin cancer selected our ancestors?

Posted Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

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

Bird speciations made clear

Posted Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong