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The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pine trees and insects have been together in their habitats for such a long time. However, their relationship is deepened by new research that show how an ancient swap has survived where other intriguing DNA changes have been lost. This story could run – for millions of years.

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

What stories are appearing from the genomes of various creatures that can be mixed up with our histories. Even the wild red deer contribute magnificently in this story!

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

The earliest permafrost pets.

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We know we had dogs before flock and herd needed protection from them. Can we now find out how the dog looked when it was simply a hunting companion?

The earliest permafrost pets.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

We need to know how predators such as sharks and the ocean giants, the whales, can influence our ecosystems. Here, numbers count!

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The science of ocean chemistry tells us much more about carbon in the atmosphere and water. Here a major new technique unveils what happens in every reef. The need to encourage people to understand exactly how important these corals are also appears to be a major factor in battling global warming, climate change and this acidification that is changing the oceans.

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:37:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Solar or biofuel? Well, we know which plane will get you there quicker at the moment.

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The revealing of the oceans’ wealth probably postdates the almost-total human exploitation of perhaps our most valuable resource. Here is an important indication that wealth remains deep below our puny explorations. The hope must be that it can be preserved or conserved and not canned.

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

Posted Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The genome is already possibly the most useful tool in fighting disease, enabling conservation, and improving our scientific efficiency all round. Here the most ancient organisms are investigated and found absolutely amazing, if just a little small and hard-to-get!

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

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

Most recent among a mass of work appearing on dolphin and whale society alongside the equivalent in birds and primates, among many others, the language of sperm whales could well be translated soon as a fascinating set of clan chats.

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

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

How can Paris and its future effects have anything to do with our endangered large birds and mammals? The answer is in a clever paper today that explains why we are losing even more of our forests than we thought. Preserve our fauna, our flora, their habitats and the niches they conserve and we will see more trees and animals that these ecosystems desperately need.

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

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

It isn’t just about apes. The whole study of animal society has been based on dogs, cattle and others such as our close relatives. Social behaviour undoubtedly began in another mammal group, even if it then became extinct. Investigating such behavioural structures has apparently totally neglected the very obvious, early small mammals that could well have advanced at least to the primate level, and we even left out the small species still here for us to observe.

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

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

Neonicotinoids have devastated the bee populations on all continents, but one way to fight this insidious neuronal and behavioural attack on our major pollinators is to investigate their most intimate genetic secrets and help them by understanding how they survive their natural threats. We could have made things much worse for animals, but we can also understand better now how to help them in so many ways. Those fruit orchards are going to be very empty if we don’t.

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

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

Which one will bite you? The parent of Romulus and Remus or that next-door mut that is always chained up?

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

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

The most intriguing species are often those that have adopted unusual shape and size as means to their special species’ needs. Stag beetles now appear to stand out as one of the most remarkable and numerous speciations from a basic model of battling males. Some species survive because flight is used as an alternative to walking – those mandibular horns are so heavy!

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

How do we face up to ice loss?

How do we face up to ice loss?

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

Climate change is about to become the issue that many accept as even more important than wars and finances. We are being physically forced into action, despite the fact that almost nobody lives around the Barents Sea or even the Bering Strait.

How do we face up to ice loss?

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

SUMMARY: When you look up your surname, the list of ancestors may include many Vikings and Saxons, but the base-metal of many Europeans is the Celt, feared by Rome and remembered for fantastic art and beautiful literature. Check your association with UK or Spanish blood now. You may well be surprised how ancient your ancestors are, according to the locality your more recent forebears inhabited.

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

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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

Sailfish hunt, but is cooperation evolving?

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kepler space telescope used to find solar system similar to ours

Posted Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:59:36 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Middle Stone Age ochre toolkit and workshop found in Blombos Cave

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

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:29:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Ants are good at crowd control!

Posted Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

O'Sun Nomad portable solar light system

Posted Mon, 16 Jul 2012 07:47:13 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

Bacterial enzyme one billion years old

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Neander Valley has a lot to answer for!

Posted Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:11:48 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Greenhouse' Effect Endangers Ocean Life

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:09:01 GMT by Kieran Ball