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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

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A mini-submarine, shaped like a penguin, has been created by a German university team to dive 6,000 metres and locate amazing deep-sea creatures and valuable raw materials.

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

Collecting comet samples

Collecting comet samples

Posted Thu, 15 Dec 2011 02:02:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Around 2014, one of those orbiting comets will come close enough for a real grab at its contents. Hovering above the target comet, sub-surface samples could be precisely taken from even the most forbidding area of the body.

Collecting comet samples

Stratolaunch Systems privately-financed space travel service

Stratolaunch Systems privately-financed space travel service

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

A privately-funded space travel service, involving the world's largest aircraft, is planned to take-off in five years. Stratolaunch Systems, headed by philanthropist and businessman Paul G Allen and aerospace leader Burt Rutan, is the American company behind the air-launch space travel.

Stratolaunch Systems privately-financed space travel service

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Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Posted Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:30:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

Posted Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:22:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Posted Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Posted Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:20:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Posted Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:56:28 GMT by JW Dowey

How do we face up to ice loss?

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

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

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

First waterworld planet GJ1214b observed by Hubble

Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Humans certainly know how to wander - but where and when?

Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:19:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Novel Photography from The Barrier Reef

Posted Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:50:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Much of ancient Martian atmosphere frozen at poles

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

How mammals got so big

Posted Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Smaller, cheaper and greener Toyota Prius c

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:52:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

Posted Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Great White versus Wave Glider

Posted Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:07:24 GMT by Paul Robinson

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Posted Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:54:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong