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Manakins are athletic tropical courters

Manakins are athletic tropical courters

Posted Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birds are known for putting a lot of effort into their mating displays. In the tropics however, energy is at a premium, and sexual selection has been known to be more or less illogical in the abnormal effects it has on male display!

Manakins are athletic tropical courters

Chameleon aggressive display change

Chameleon aggressive display change

Posted Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:10:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The way in which cephalopods and chameleons communicate is colour-based. More study is needed on how much information is passed on. The physiology, the status and the “drive” can be explained now by rate change and colour brightness in different parts of the anatomy

Chameleon aggressive display change

Many earthquakes are made by humans!

Many earthquakes are made by humans!

Posted Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:59:31 GMT by JW Dowey

The foresight of some geologists has adjusted our treatment of politicians on several energy extractions and reservoir projects. They seem to be correct in blaming earthquakes on human interference, but can Chinese, Spanish or New Zealand politics afford to take note of dire warnings?

Many earthquakes are made by humans!

Patter of peripatus feet

Patter of peripatus feet

Posted Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Not well known or noticed, some of the oldest landlubbers on the planet are fascinating as well as useful. They show us when and how the continents spread out in this paper. Have a look at the Onychophora, the velvet 'worms' or Peripatidae!

Patter of peripatus feet

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Posted Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:30:02 GMT by JW Dowey

When humans meet, the interbreeding and cross-cultural exchanges show up in history as major advances. When Neanderthals met, it was often only as small family groups, as large tribes are not recorded. If they met for dinner though, the outcome may not have been as you would have thought.

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The telling of stories was the source of history, legends, and even science in some cases. This study of things fairy-like and fantastic is not about the child; it relates how modern technique can uncover ancient culture and how it really worked.

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Aping human ecologies

Aping human ecologies

Posted Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:11 GMT by JW Dowey

We have this need to understand how our ancestors developed into something beyond the chimpanzee. The problem of lack of skeleton evidence is avoided here with some new techniques of isotope recognition within tooth enamel.

Aping human ecologies

The oceans are heating up fast

The oceans are heating up fast

Posted Sun, 03 Nov 2013 15:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Out there in the Pacific and the other oceans, the mid-depth temperatures are still increasing rapidly. Science techniques have discovered the temperature regime changes over 10, 000 years and it is certainly warming up out there!

The oceans are heating up fast

Humans were rare, once

Humans were rare, once

Posted Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

We worry about how human species colonised the rest of the world after leaving Africa. There is so little evidence, we have to rely on the latest technology to try and unravel the fascinating stories of travel and survival these early peoples must have had. Here, 50,000 years ago, is conjecture about what would have been an almost impossible voyage.

Humans were rare, once

Your ancestor was a little therian

Your ancestor was a little therian

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

We can visualise distant ancestral forms of many organisms by imagining similar species alive today, or complete fossils. Here the scarcity of evidence on early mammalian teeth makes it difficult, but not impossible, to show how incredible events shaped our past into the flower, insect and mammal-dominated Paleocene.

Your ancestor was a little therian

The Earth gets oxygen early

The Earth gets oxygen early

Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:09:21 GMT by JW Dowey

Before life on earth began, what did David Attenborough do with himself?

The Earth gets oxygen early

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Posted Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:58:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate in powered ships, clean and efficient, cutting through the waves with only the sun to power it. We could donate one of these to the Marshall islands, where sun but not much else is in abundance.

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Posted Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:21:19 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The thought of bat and whale being related because they have similar hearing is incorrect. If we study a range of species, though, the evolutionary convergences of many kinds of sensory structures is very involving. What's next? Our chimpanzee friends will be developing their typing skills before we know it!

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

To fish or not to fish

To fish or not to fish

Posted Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:21:58 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The fish that benefit from trawling disturbance eat invertebrates such as annelids. Other invertebrates, especially the heavy species, are decimated by trawling and need much more protection by modifying the trawling gear or simply preventing such damage to the environment.

To fish or not to fish

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Posted Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:22:27 GMT by Paul Robinson

The geochemists get a poor press, so they must have decided to soup up their theories and grab some oxygen for their reputation. The claim is that being impossible on earth, ribose sugars can only have been synthesised on Mars, 4 billion years ago. And then...

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Posted Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:30:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When cuckoos and their fellow brood-parasites choose their laying site, there is now some evidence that they compete with each other. They have to deal with the host species, but their own species can be their worst enemy.

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

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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

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and passion, Ecuador rules in biodiversity

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

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Posted Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Posted Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:28:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:22:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Planet of the Insects

Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:15:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Posted Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:09:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How sloths breathe upside down

Posted Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Glass is half full for nano disease diagnosis

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:43:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Green light for jumping spiders

Posted Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:01:57 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Purdue energy pioneer to receive medal from President Obama

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:44:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Cracking the energy saving code

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:56:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Foxy moves for successful species

Posted Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:37:43 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Flores Human Dwarf Debate

Posted Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:01:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The two faces of social networking for kids

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

Global warming and mammal body size

Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:54:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong