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Origins of turtle shells

Origins of turtle shells

Posted Sat, 01 Jun 2013 07:07:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The turtle is a fantastic design, unequalled among other vertebrates for its adaptable protective shell and its endurance through time. Here is a breakthrough paper that tells us just how the reptiles managed to produce such an endearing and successful creature.

Origins of turtle shells

Minoans and genes

Minoans and genes

Posted Thu, 16 May 2013 13:04:15 GMT by JW Dowey

On Crete, people seem to stay. The Great Island reeks of really ancient culture and strange myths. So researchers decided to ask the ancients where they came from!

Minoans and genes

Thou old black worm, I spit fire on your ashes!

Thou old black worm, I spit fire on your ashes!

Posted Thu, 09 May 2013 08:48:44 GMT by Paul Robinson

Only 23 words can be found truly as roots to most ancient Eurasian languages. These very old words however have been kept through natural selection because of their use in communication.

Thou old black worm, I spit fire on your ashes!

Ancestor of hummingbird and swift

Ancestor of hummingbird and swift

Posted Thu, 02 May 2013 10:58:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The North American fossils of humming birds are rare compared to other continents. This fossil is early and provides lots of information relevant to swifts and humming birds.

Ancestor of hummingbird and swift

Turtle hatchlings as robots?

Turtle hatchlings as robots?

Posted Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:02:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tiny hatchlings' flippers have been mimicked (but not mocked!) by an advanced robot that discovers all about their locomotory progress. Long may they swim with those remarkable limbs.

Turtle hatchlings as robots?

Who settled the Americas first?

Who settled the Americas first?

Posted Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:55:30 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Who settled the Americas first? The Asians certainly did according to all reasonable theories.

Who settled the Americas first?

Reflections on keeping you cool

Reflections on keeping you cool

Posted Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:06:34 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new type of solar cooling panel has been designed by Stanford University scientists. Practical, real world uses for such a cooling system are varied, cars and buildings are obvious targets.

Reflections on keeping you cool

Ants can save millions from earthquakes

Ants can save millions from earthquakes

Posted Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:46:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ant way to earthquake prediction. There is help already available to predict earthquakes, not the early warning seismology that tsunami warning centres provide, but ants.

Ants can save millions from earthquakes

Tyrannosaur that Swam in the Shallow End

Tyrannosaur that Swam in the Shallow End

Posted Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:30:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Could a tyrannosaur wade or swim after prey? While the two-legged dinosaurs were taller and better able to cross water than some four legged species, there is little evidence to assess how they dealt with hunting or migrating in water.

Tyrannosaur that Swam in the Shallow End

Surfing by tortoises

Surfing by tortoises

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Genetic surfing in tortoises. It's created among a population that is subject to many founding events and lots of genetic drift!

Surfing by tortoises

The Neander Valley has a lot to answer for!

The Neander Valley has a lot to answer for!

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

A new study on Neanderthals and the evolution of human ancestors' brains has been published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The Neander Valley has a lot to answer for!

Butterflies Blown Away in the Baltic

Butterflies Blown Away in the Baltic

Posted Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:34:10 GMT by Paul Robinson

The Granville Fritillary is rare and endangered in parts of its range. On PT (Pikku-Tytarsaari) Island in the Russian part of the Baltic Sea, the population is 100 on a 10 hectare area of suitable habitat.

Butterflies Blown Away in the Baltic

New Species! Eelpout species numbers rise with another deep-sea find

New Species! Eelpout species numbers rise with another deep-sea find

Posted Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:06:48 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new species of eelpout has been discovered in the Kermadec Trench. The eelpout is named because of its long body, but it's actually in the perch group, related to the little blenny or the large ocean pout.

New Species! Eelpout species numbers rise with another deep-sea find

Ants are good at crowd control!

Ants are good at crowd control!

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

'Go to the ant,' is the instruction. But when ants are crowded, they cannot get around their trails so easily.

Ants are good at crowd control!

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

Posted Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:24:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The tree frog, like the gecko requires extraordinary adhesion from its toes.

Tree Frogs and their adhesive addiction!

The natural forest community depends on plants that depend on soil

The natural forest community depends on plants that depend on soil

Posted Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:47:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Research on forest ecology in areas of the tropics has been held back for many years, sometimes simply because of the great diversity of plant and animal species influencing each other's niches.

The natural forest community depends on plants that depend on soil

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How sloths breathe upside down

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

Jellies delicious for this fish

Posted Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Leatherback logging in the Atlantic

Posted Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Swimming sloths with aquatic adaptations

Posted Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:17:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Fantastic ancient fauna precedes mammal evolution

Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Skin cancer selected our ancestors?

Posted Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The right whale, by satellite

Posted Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:43:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Hawaiian rise in endangered species

Posted Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:11:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Flores Human Dwarf Debate

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

Flying and genome size: it’s true about the reduction!

Posted Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:03:42 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Is there Martian life on Earth?

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

Amazonian Solutions from 1200 A.D.

Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Glass is half full for nano disease diagnosis

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

No nearer to reasons for Neanderthals' extinction

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

Young scientists float new carbon capture plans - Updated

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

'Orca-saurs' used to rule the Atlantic as orcas do now

Posted Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ecotricity launches the Electric Highway

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Breaking the Cosmic Speed Limit

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Water fleas swap infection for reproduction

Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop