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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

Bacteria tests offer green fuel hope

Bacteria tests offer green fuel hope

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:01:00 GMT by John Dean

Researchers at an American university have devised a way to dramatically increase the production of butanol - an environmentally-friendly alternative to diesel and gasoline - from bacteria normally seen as harmful to humans.

Bacteria tests offer green fuel hope

KATWARN project: Preparing for the unexpected

KATWARN project: Preparing for the unexpected

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:32:00 GMT by Michael Evans

A German project to provide an early warning system for unexpected emergencies. The KATWARN project, from the original German for Catastrophe Warning for Every Eventuality. KATWARN employs various warning channels to reach people affected by disasters. They use classical warning channels like email, text messages and fax. In addition new technologies for important future warning infrastructures are being tested within the project.

KATWARN project: Preparing for the unexpected

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Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

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Dragons increase in species numbers.

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Pollution: chemical weapons destroyed in US

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Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

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Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:46:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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Pluto approached by "strange" probe

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

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

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

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

Posted Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

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

Mystery of dark matter deepens

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

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:00:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Farmville company launches range of new games and teases 'social playground' project

Posted Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:15:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Gorilla genomes and hopes for hominids

Posted Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:05:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mars Carbs.

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:18:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

No nearer to reasons for Neanderthals' extinction

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:47:58 GMT by Michael Evans

Possible gypsum deposit may reveal Martian mysteries

Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Dave Collier