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Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

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

How do males pay for their dedication to antlers, plumage or dance? In this case the effort to escape a predator is not affected by the peacock’s extravagant tail, or train. Pity the experiment involved removing it- they must have been lost without it.

Vainglorious peacock or successful breeder?

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

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

The essence of predation is success at hunting. This semi-aquatic monster could probably have killed off any creature it met on land or in the water. It is simply the biggest and the best at its job. And that was a niche for eating big prey!

'Spiny' is the Super-Sized Predatory Dino

Ice melt increases at both Poles

Ice melt increases at both Poles

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

Serious results follow loss of our glaciers and ice sheets. The need for vigilant and expert reporting is made clear with the latest results from satellite instruments. Both Poles are losing ice rapidly, with Greenland having 75% of the total loss.

Ice melt increases at both Poles

The Planet of the Insects

The Planet of the Insects

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

We gaze at the beauty or stand aghast at the horror of different insects. You have to admire the way in which their tiny but numerous bodies challenge successfully against larger animals as well as to help the Angiosperms to achieve their own mastery of the plant world on land.

The Planet of the Insects

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

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

After our story on the global warming effects that were discussed last week in Montreal, new discoveries on ocean heat sinks have revealed we may have accelerated warming, once this present slowdown is reversed. Now, that is bad news!

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Posted Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The diverse, and maritime, history of crocodile relatives compares badly with their landlubber relatives, but at last we have 23 species still alive today.

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Posted Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The first drawing from a child or a real image of something resembling one of the first animals with legs. Hallucigenia is such an appropriate name of a creature for all of our dreams.

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Posted Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The giant penguins are on the march. There are now several recognised species, each with a different niche connected with the food-rich Antarctic seas. The newest species benefits from having more fossil remains than most, so we can hope to see more remains in the future, giving us better ideas on how these amazing birds looked, evolved and why they died out, millions of years ago.

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Marmosets are marvelous !

Marmosets are marvelous !

Posted Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The study of human relatives goes far beyond the simian primates, but this species is the smallest and probably the most unique of all our closer relatives. It’s also American, which brings genomics into the New World for the first time as far as monkeys are concerned.

Marmosets are marvelous !

How techy is Eric?

How techy is Eric?

Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We are all media people now, apart from those who have given up on the world. Now even they have been counted and placed in databases for a future with Big Brother- unless we are very careful with our freedoms. Our data should be free, but not too free, even Google’s recent experience with blocks proves that.

How techy is Eric?

Latest on your blood

Latest on your blood

Posted Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:19 GMT by JW Dowey

The high level of profits from medical research and the possibilities of new sciences and technologies stretch our imagination, here in the office, at least. Now a distant and very ancient ancestor has very obviously given us, through simple breeding, a wonderful solution to survival at altitude. Who knows how climbers or even space travellers could benefit as we use our new knowledge?

Latest on your blood

Foxy moves for successful species

Foxy moves for successful species

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

What a turn up for the book. The Arctic fox didn't evolve from Eurasian or North American relatives. Instead, the climates of the Himalaya and Arctic were at one time similar enough to encourage migration in several animals. This species of fox must now be counted as related to an extinct animal that adapted thousands of kilometres away to mountainous terrain that resembles its present niche.

Foxy moves for successful species

Finding sheep 'geneius' in their genome

Finding sheep 'geneius' in their genome

Posted Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:28:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

What can we make of the revelations on how species are really related to each other - or not? Big business will certainly cash in on the wool or any wool substitute alternative, just as spider silk is building into a stiff competitor. We all benefit from the science that informs, with Open wherever possible, and creates almost automatic advances in our culture. The sheep has been with us from the beginning of settlements and still looks likely to give us information on how we have eaten and kept warm and how domestic animals have changed, not always for our convenience.

Finding sheep 'geneius' in their genome

Saving bees with new pesticide

Saving bees with new pesticide

Posted Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:34:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The need for a pesticide for farmers and others that excludes pollinators and other useful insects from its action is desperate. We prefer not to kill any non-pest. But the loss of potentially all our bees is a risk that only chemical companies have been willing to take.

Saving bees with new pesticide

Butterfly eyespots have potential

Butterfly eyespots have potential

Posted Wed, 28 May 2014 11:29:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How relevant is research for our everyday lives, the answer is not at all in this case, but the potential is so great we had to bring this to your attention.

Butterfly eyespots have potential

Common species are most important in ecosystems

Common species are most important in ecosystems

Posted Tue, 27 May 2014 10:13:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The abyss and the intertidal zone share ecological characteristics with all known marine ecosystems. They simply use their abundant animas as providers of shelter and many other functions. Rare species have a lesser role within the community.

Common species are most important in ecosystems

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Murder mystery involves a 5000-year-old personality

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Marine predators forage hotspots at oceanic fronts.

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mola mola, the sunfish genome is incredible!

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Australian Super Spider Colours!

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:05:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Desert elephants - nature, nurture, and we love them anyway!

Posted Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We've never walked alone- whether chimpanzee or hominin !

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The singer sings his own song, if you are an American junco!

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates and alcohol, a natural relationship?

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Koomal - predictions for survival in the Australian bush.

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Posted Mon, 16 May 2016 08:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

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

Massive ocean studies raise grim possibilities for European climate

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Foxy moves for successful species

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

Tyrannosaur that Swam in the Shallow End

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

African farmers to benefit from genes resistant to cattle 'sleeping sickness'

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:02:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Posted Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:32:10 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Flores Human Dwarf Debate

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

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:20:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Masculin-feminin!

Posted Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong