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African farmers to benefit from genes resistant to cattle 'sleeping sickness'

African farmers to benefit from genes resistant to cattle 'sleeping sickness'

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

An important research project that could ultimately see the defeat of the trypanosome parasite - the scourge of Africa's cattle herds - comes out today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. With millions of African farmers reliant on healthy cattle for food, as milk-producers and for the plowing of fields, the discovery of the specific genes responsible for resistance to the cattle-form of 'sleeping sickness' is being seen as a major breakthrough.

African farmers to benefit from genes resistant to cattle 'sleeping sickness'

Calls for Independent Monitoring of Deep Sea Oil Exploitation

Calls for Independent Monitoring of Deep Sea Oil Exploitation

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

Dr Henry Ruhl of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton and Professor Monty Priede of the University of Aberdeen, argued for independent monitoring of the deep-sea hydrocarbon industry as a means to gain a better understanding of its potential ecological activity and as a means of providing early warning of problems.

Calls for Independent Monitoring of Deep Sea Oil Exploitation

Hot Jupiters - Flipped or Otherwise

Hot Jupiters - Flipped or Otherwise

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 17:12:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

A ''hot Jupiter'' is a planet larger than the Jupiter of our own solar system which occupies an orbit close into its own star - hence ''hot Jupiter''. The conundrum was why should these giants be travelling in the wrong direction?

Hot Jupiters - Flipped or Otherwise

Semiconductor uses solar power to take H2 from water

Semiconductor uses solar power to take H2 from water

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 17:22:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

In what is being touted as artificial photosynthesis, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have devised a technique for coating a cuprous oxide semiconductor so that it can use energy from the sun to take hydrogen from water.

Semiconductor uses solar power to take H2 from water

World's Largest Fleet of Electric Taxis Celebrates One Year of Operation

World's Largest Fleet of Electric Taxis Celebrates One Year of Operation

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 12:55:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Chinese city of Shenzhen has success with zero-emission public transport. China is making great strides to reduce its position as the world's number one greenhouse gas emitter. It has the largest fleet of electric taxis in the world, operating in the southern city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. Fifty of these five-seat taxis have been taking passengers since April 29th 2010 and have clocked up over 1,730,000 all-electric miles.

World's Largest Fleet of Electric Taxis Celebrates One Year of Operation

Scientists' research sounds warning for our oceans

Scientists' research sounds warning for our oceans

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 14:52:00 GMT by John Dean

Scientists in America have unveiled information that suggests oceans can take vast amounts of time to recover from disasters such as mass extinctions. Researchers from the University of Chicago, West Virginia University and The Ohio State University examined fossil records dating from a mass extinction that devastated ocean life 360 million years ago, known as the Hangenberg event.

Scientists' research sounds warning for our oceans

Ancient hominid goes from from nut-cracker to grass-grazer

Ancient hominid goes from from nut-cracker to grass-grazer

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 14:06:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A remote ancestor of humans, which had long been thought to have jaws and teeth specially adapted for nuts, has now been found to be more of a grass-mower than a nut-chomper. That's the conclusion of carbon isotope analysis of teeth enamel of Paranthropus boisei, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Ancient hominid goes from from nut-cracker to grass-grazer

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 13:54:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered only by solar power, prepares for its inaugural international flight. Previously, the single seated prototype, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 777, made history when it became the first solar powered plane of its type to fly 24 hours on solar power alone. Some 11,600 solar cells, situated on the wings, charge lithium batteries, which, in turn, power the engines.

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

 Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Acoustic surveying is bringing the amazing deep-sea hunts of beaked whales to light, in research published today in PloS One, the open-access science journal. Not only does the study provide a better understanding of an enigmatic group of marine mammals - the information could help avoid the tragedy of sonar-associated whale strandings.

Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Mapping Subtle Changes in Gravity

Mapping Subtle Changes in Gravity

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:30:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

Any schoolchild should know that gravity is the force that keeps us on the ground and that the force of gravity is 9.8 ms-2. However, the force of gravity is not exactly the same at all points on the planet. This is because the density of the earth is not uniform; the earth is not a perfect sphere and therefore the height of the surface above the core varies from ocean deeps to high mountains. The gravitational pull of the earth is inversely proportional to the height one is above it - if you are far enough from the surface you experience weightlessness, after all.

Mapping Subtle Changes in Gravity

Much of ancient Martian atmosphere frozen at poles

Much of ancient Martian atmosphere frozen at poles

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

Mars may well have had a much denser CO2-rich atmosphere hundreds of thousands of years ago - one with wilder dust storms and that was more likely to support running water. That's the claim coming from a new analysis of satellite radar data over the Martian southern ice cap - published in Science today - which hints at a thick wedge of frozen CO2 there that contains 30 times the 'dry ice' of previous estimates.

Much of ancient Martian atmosphere frozen at poles

Carbon counting in the USA - with a ground-breaking new biomass map

Carbon counting in the USA - with a ground-breaking new biomass map

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

An incredibly detailed three dimensional map of the 'green architecture' of the US, including forest canopy heights and vegetation levels down to each hectare, has been released today by the Woods Hole Research Center. The fruit of five years labor, which is freely downloadable, paints a detailed snapshot of the carbon stocks above the soil, one that will aid forest managers, ecologists and climate scientists for years to come.

Carbon counting in the USA - with a ground-breaking new biomass map

Microblog post saves truckload of dogs in China

Microblog post saves truckload of dogs in China

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:03:01 GMT by Gracie Valena

An animal rights activist in China stopped a truckload of dogs from being transported to Beijing restaurants, then microblogged for help to successfully prevent the delivery of the dogs. Online news report different numbers for the dog count, but there were more than 400 of them cramped togther in cages stacked in the truck.

Microblog post saves truckload of dogs in China

UK soil bacteria DNA mapped in world first

UK soil bacteria DNA mapped in world first

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:01:00 GMT by Louise Murray

The bacterial ecosystems in Britain's soil have been mapped in a worldwide first. The soil microbe map gives us a unique baseline to measure environmental change. The research took four years to complete between 2007 and 2011. Far from being randomly distributed in soil these bacterial communities or biomes are organised according to their associated plant communities above

UK soil bacteria DNA mapped in world first

Zero Emission Taxis to be Tested for Olympics 2012

Zero Emission Taxis to be Tested for Olympics 2012

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:49:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Fuel Cell vehicles will be on London streets for Olympic Games and carrying passengers afterwards. A consortium of innovative companies have created a pair of prototype zero emission fuel cell London taxis - the famous ''Black Cabs'' that carry passengers around London. Though looking exactly like the familiar taxis - they are conversions, underneath the hood they have an electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and batteries

Zero Emission Taxis to be Tested for Olympics 2012

Scientist protects seeds for future generations

Scientist protects seeds for future generations

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:19:00 GMT by John Dean

A scientist based at an American university has deposited a series of desert plant seeds in a collection designed to protect species should they die out due to environmental events. The University of Arizona (UA) has confirmed that Margaret Norem, a researcher from its Department of Arboretum Affairs, took the seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a remote island off the coast of Norway, a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

Scientist protects seeds for future generations

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And the porpoise killer is --- !

Posted Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

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

Cats, as we know them.

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:05:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birds run carefully in the rough.

Posted Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:19:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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

Scientists' research sounds warning for our oceans

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 14:52:00 GMT by John Dean

Electric car to run at Le Mans

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:43:01 GMT by John Dean

Learning to read the fossil language

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:08:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Nuclear power from uranium in seawater gets closer

Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The Battery Powered Grid

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:50:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

Country's largest quake means more risk not less of future shocks say scientists

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Thou old black worm, I spit fire on your ashes!

Posted Thu, 09 May 2013 08:48:44 GMT by Paul Robinson

Using wasted power to power our machines

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:04:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Mystery of dark matter deepens

Posted Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:34:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Nanotubes and the dawn of the flexible solar cell

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier