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Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Posted Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:51:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

The European snow vole, choughs and one bat are specialists, isolated mainly in alpine habitats while other species out-compete them at lower altitude. This is an interesting study from the Basque country, where the bat species is finally pinned down to its exact diet of mainly alpine moths. The use of DNA bar codes for identifying many different species is also praiseworthy, as it leads to further research now on the fauna and flora of many other environments.

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Pluto approached by

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:17:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We never know when one of these pieces of metal motoring around the solar system will come across novel information. It is unlikely to pick up anything obviously important to everyday knowledge, but the study of the planets has always been seen as crucial to our existence. We are threatened by internal and external factors, many of which could be explained better by pure and applied scientific investigation. Earth Times wishes the best for this relatively minor non-planetary probe. We could learn wonderful conceptual interpretations of distant objects, just as Hooke’s microscope and Galileo’s telescope began many a medical or geographical breakthrough.

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Astronomers rule (in their universe)

Astronomers rule (in their universe)

Posted Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:15:11 GMT by JW Dowey

It is not within Earth Times’ remit to comment on the whole Universe, but the research has been done and it is simply a case of New Year, New Universe! Have a read, via The Royal Astronomical Society.

Astronomers rule (in their universe)

Mammals that cannot see in the light

Mammals that cannot see in the light

Posted Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:02:11 GMT by JW Dowey

The sloths, anteaters and armadillos are bound together despite millions of years of evolutionary separation. The reason is their vision, limiting them to dimly-lit habitats, and causing many deaths in accidents for the armadillos (and humans.)

Mammals that cannot see in the light

A giant leap for frog-kind.

A giant leap for frog-kind.

Posted Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

You would have thought we could have worked out how the amphibians move around by now. But no, we have not, until two scientists carefully X-rayed the mechanics of the frog’s leg. The French have been eating them for so long, you would have thought they would have noticed the dynamic catch mechanism. But no, you never think about the amazing and delicately adjusted mechanism disappearing into your maw.

A giant leap for frog-kind.

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Posted Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Any obsessions we have with our own cats, birds, dogs, pigs, horses or whatever stems from long-established traits in ourselves, but the elucidation of how the animal species were adapted is just as intriguing. Here is a great story on how the horse became what it is today - a simple hobby with negative aspects to its breeding and shapes to match human fancy. But what a story from history of deals, war-horses, ancient chariot uses and the complete history of recent agriculture and transport - and that’s just a start!

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Posted Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When the birds' success is measured, it appears as a fairy tale of opportunity as the dinosaur niches became vacant. They grabbed it with both claws and pecked their way to the top-flight!

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Posted Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:53:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When a plant or animal invades your garden, your farm or your lake, the means of dealing with it can be limited. Now we have some understanding of the invasiveness, we can probably do much more to limit these IAS.

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

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

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

How do we know how the oceans and winds will deliver when global warming destroys or present climate systems? The answer will depend on how this new information on Arctic sea-ice fits with various modelling experiments. We need to have information on these unexpected floods, violent hurricanes and killer droughts if we are to have any chance of preventing their worst excesses.

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

And the porpoise killer is --- !

And the porpoise killer is --- !

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

Long suspected of murder, the grey seal is exposed as a regular killer of the smallest whale, the porpoise. They have recently started seeking the blubber from the porpoise, possibly after large numbers of drowned porpoise were made available after their dumping from fishermen’s bycatch.

And the porpoise killer is --- !

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

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

We worry and then worry again about our turtles, so any good news is welcome, even if one area of success is unlikely to help all the other species. The Olive Ridley turtle was found once in this study reminding us of all the life trials that these unlucky reptiles have to endure.

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

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

From Thailand to the southeast of China and then throughout the Sunda shelf much of which is now underwater, the rainforest was supreme. It was delineated by the presence of many species of dipterocarp, entwined with rattans and delicious fruiting trees, all set off with the huge biodiversity of tigers and elephant, Orang-utan and civets. It still remains, but it desperately cries out for conservation – all of that which is left!

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Cats, as we know them.

Cats, as we know them.

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

The attraction of cats is a puzzle for some and taken for granted by others. In fact, like dogs, they are highly genetically-adapted to be irresistible, otherwise humans would have discarded them both eons ago. Have fun with this great research to ease our guilt at having non-primate commensals. (No, get off the table, you mut!)

Cats, as we know them.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

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

The potential for fires to destroy rural and even urban environments has increased. Could the early loss of podocarp forest from Maori fires help to tell us how to combat the vast problems we have nowadays in preventing loss of homes, and harvests, lives and livelihoods?

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Birds run carefully in the rough.

Birds run carefully in the rough.

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

The ostrich and the quail were used here to check out how a bipedal animal (like ourselves) can be run in an optimised way over rough ground. Of course, the birds and the average human may not be interested in their own evolution of gaits, but engineers have strange deluded ideas of fantastical robots that can operate in theatres we can only dream of.

Birds run carefully in the rough.

 Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The modern Eurasian ancestors roamed across Siberia according to a new study, but another paper revealed DNA-enhancing technology using part of prehistoric skulls. We now know roughly when our genes adapted to farming, less sunlight and many other technological advances we made in the past.

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

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

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

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

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

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 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

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

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

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

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

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

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

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

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

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

Bioplastic no saving grace

Posted Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:51:02 GMT by Rachel England

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Posted Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:53:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Collecting comet samples

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

New plant-eating dwarf dinosaur discovered - Pegomastax africanus

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Your ancestor was a little therian

Posted Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:58:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Mono Lake bacteria: Challenging life adaptability

Posted Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:59:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Mammoth cloning possible

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

3D orientation does it for us and chicks

Posted Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:00:27 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sex determination in birds

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