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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

Bright beaks equals delight for ducks

Bright beaks equals delight for ducks

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 07:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Is brighter better? It is for ducks! How do you know how to pick a mate? Best body? Big car? Lots of money? Female mallards have their own unique way of determining which mate they should choose. Females of all species want to pick the best father for their offspring. This is the male with the best genes, who will produce successful, healthy children.

Bright beaks equals delight for ducks

Hear No Problems and See the Solutions

Hear No Problems and See the Solutions

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:11:00 GMT by Tara Lynne Groth

What if you could change the color and tint of your windows and re-circulate the solar energy as electricity? Utilizing natural light by installing more windows allows you to rely less on artificial light sources; however the extra window space can negatively influence interior climate control and stress HVAC systems. A new technology in the glass manufacturing industry allows windows to collect solar energy and be reused. The color and tint of the windows can be controlled as well.

Hear No Problems and See the Solutions

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

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

Major studies of the oceans around Europe have led scientists to warn of possible changes in temperatures and sea conditions which will have a major impact on human and marine life. Scientists have raised alarming prospects for the future of the climate of north western Europe as meltwater pours south from the Arctic possibly slowing the warming ocean currents.

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

Earth started out as 'candy floss'

Earth started out as 'candy floss'

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:51:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

When the Earth was being built, the materials first to hand were fragile candy floss-like matter, says a new study in Nature Geoscience. The research also confirms that it was the chaos of the early solar nebula that whipped this matter into the more solid rocks, that formed the planets we have today.

Earth started out as 'candy floss'

New evidence of the first Americans

New evidence of the first Americans

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2011 17:18:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new archaeological find in Texas pushes further back the date when humans arrived in American, spelling the end of the Clovis First theory. The evidence has been found in Texas, where thousands of artefacts were discovered beneath a previous find of Clovis relics. Archaeologists believe the new evidence is between 13,200 and 15,500 years old and shows signs that the Clovis people adapted and improved on previous technologies.

New evidence of the first Americans

''Feathered Helmet'' opens door on earliest vertebrates

''Feathered Helmet'' opens door on earliest vertebrates

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:33:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new fossil find in China shows in unprecedented detail an ancient sea creature which scientists hope will help them find how the earliest vertebrates evolved. Researchers from China, Leicester and Oxford found the fossil, which for the first time shows the soft tentacles of primitive creatures called pterobranch hemichordates, which sheds new light on an important group of primitive sea creatures.

''Feathered Helmet'' opens door on earliest vertebrates

SuperHomes are Open to Visitors

SuperHomes are Open to Visitors

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Spring Opening for old houses that have been transformed into super low emissions properties. What is a SuperHome and does it wear a cape?  The answer to that is fairly clear: no it doesn't; in fact a SuperHome looks pretty much like an ordinary home, except it may have solar panels on the roof. It is inside that it is different. SuperHomes are homes that have reduced their their carbon emissions by at least 60%.

SuperHomes are Open to Visitors

Skinny worms provide new approach for obesity drugs

Skinny worms provide new approach for obesity drugs

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:31:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chemicals tested on worms may be of use in human medicines say a team of American researchers, and it's a major breakthrogh in designing new drugs. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco have found a new way to understand human obesity in the unlikeliest of animals - the traditionally long and thin worm.

Skinny worms provide new approach for obesity drugs

Neutron probe reveals bacteria's light-gathering secrets

Neutron probe reveals bacteria's light-gathering secrets

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The power of neutrons have been bought to bear on the delicate structures of light-gathering bacteria, in new research published in the latest issue of biophysical Langmuir. It shows that chlorosomes in the bacteria are stable under conditions that could be employed in biohybrid solar cells - so opening the door to more efficient solar power, inspired by nature.

Neutron probe reveals bacteria's light-gathering secrets

Technology sees the way to tackle lameness in horses, the Lameness Locator

Technology sees the way to tackle lameness in horses, the Lameness Locator

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:41:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Lameness is the bain of the equine world and very hard to spot. Now, scientists are using the latest motion sensors to do a better job than the human eye. Horse lovers, horse owners even horse racing followers the world over would love University of Missouri equine veterinarian Kevin Keegan's new ''Lameness Locator'' - a novel way of diagnosing the most common equine ailment of all - to be a roaring success

Technology sees the way to tackle lameness in horses, the Lameness Locator

Biofuel boost from modified microbes

Biofuel boost from modified microbes

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:07:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A bit of genetic tweaking has produced a tenfold increase in the amount of biofuels bacteria can produce, pushing the process towards commercially viable levels of output. Bacteria produce the fuel and James C. Liao, UCLA's Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who led the team managed to produce 15 to 30 grams of n-butanol per litre of culture medium by genetically modifying Escherichia coli (E. coli).

Biofuel boost from modified microbes

Molasses proves a match for ozone-depleting chemical

Molasses proves a match for ozone-depleting chemical

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:23:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Using molasses to encourage beneficial microbes could help to replace a chemical which damages the ozone layer. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are seeing if a system that uses the treacle to stimulate beneficial bacteria in the soil and so does away with the need for Methyl Bromide.

Molasses proves a match for ozone-depleting chemical

'Pompeii' like fossils of Trilobites found in real-life situations

'Pompeii' like fossils of Trilobites found in real-life situations

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Sudden death and burial by hurricane-displaced sediments has frozen ancient creatures in real-life situations which allow scientists to try and decipher how they behaved. University of Cincinnati palaeontologist Carlton E Brett says colonies of ancient sea creatures have been caught in mid-orgy by sudden downpours of fossilising sediment catching snapshots of life in the way that the eruption of Mount Vesuvius did at Pompeii.

'Pompeii' like fossils of Trilobites found in real-life situations

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Dream animal lives - as a fossil

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

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Scientists find value in waste incineration ash

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Rachel England

How coral could be the secret for sunscreen pill

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:41:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Possible gypsum deposit may reveal Martian mysteries

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Hot Jupiters - Flipped or Otherwise

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Surfing by tortoises

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Feathered dinosaur discovered in China - Yutyrannus huali

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

The two faces of social networking for kids

Posted Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:26:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts