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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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And the porpoise killer is --- !

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

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

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

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

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

Cats, as we know them.

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

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

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

Birds run carefully in the rough.

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

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

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

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Uruguayan fish show how they evolve

Posted Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:33:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kepler space telescope used to find solar system similar to ours

Posted Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:59:36 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Pompeii' like fossils of Trilobites found in real-life situations

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Engineering students grow smarter thanks to FarmVille

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:50:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Red-eyed tree frogs and their frog-flies: recruitment and colonization

Posted Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How coral could be the secret for sunscreen pill

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:41:00 GMT by Laura Brown

The Neander Valley has a lot to answer for!

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

Biological community building

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:47:49 GMT by Dave Armstrong