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How to investigate your inner fish!

How to investigate your inner fish!

Posted Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When fish gave rise to our land-based ancestors, some of the fish DNA was left behind as selection chose attributes that suited land best. Fortunately we can use the parts of the genome that remain to investigate change in all the land vertebrates.

How to investigate your inner fish!

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!

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How do we face up to ice loss?

Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

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

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:10:06 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pollution: chemical weapons destroyed in US

Posted Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:55:21 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

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

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Posted Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:51:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

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

The Planet of the Insects

Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:15:01 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

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

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

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

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

Butterfly wings idea boosts hydrogen production

Posted Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:45:01 GMT by Linden Volsun

Curiosity gets the better of us

Posted Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Those pesky bacteria

Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:39:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Social factors affect acceptance of sustainable technologies

Posted Sat, 04 Jun 2011 13:20:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Mystery of dark matter deepens

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