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Fish 'Guilds' dependent on habitat selection

Fish 'Guilds' dependent on habitat selection

Posted Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:19:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Study on fish guilds in the Bristol Channel, UK. New data shows that large-bodied fish species dominate protected areas of habitat and in open water habitats, where the schooling of fish may help protect them against predation, there are larger numbers of smaller fish. The study explains why some fish species are more numerous than others and why this can vary across different types of habitat.

Fish 'Guilds' dependent on habitat selection

Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Posted Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:32:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

CERN scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider may have seen the missing Higgs boson or 'god particle'.

Higgs boson-like particle discovery is missing one more link

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

Posted Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A study of the rhesus macaque and primate genetic diversity. The diversity of primates is legion, but within each species is a diversity that has enabled them to conquer continents, forest, scrub and mountain environments.

Who are the most successful primates? - well, us, just!

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new research study on the the molecular landscape of brain evolution and cognition of dolphins has been published today.

What dolphin genes show us about convergent intelligence

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Human ancestors two million years ago ate plants, including bark, and had teeth chemistry like giraffes, new research suggests.

Human ancestors had teeth chemistry like giraffes

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

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

A new essay published in PLoS ONE looks at macroecology and sustainability. Humans are constrained by the systems that operate within the planet earth's ecological framework. Ecology has always been a minor partner in human endeavours, but seems to be the crucial one for us now.

Macro or mega, it's still ecology

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Posted Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Elephant pregnancy lasts for 22 months. At up to 680 days (average 647 days), elephants have the longest gestation period on earth. New research, published in Biological Sciences, investigates.

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Archaea live long and slowly

Archaea live long and slowly

Posted Sat, 02 Jun 2012 19:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

T-Rex came and went, then mammals ruled, all the while the single-celled archaeon persisted with its slow growth lifestyle. Distantly related to bacteria, archaea have the slowest growth rate known to date.

Archaea live long and slowly

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Posted Wed, 30 May 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Volcanic super-eruptions, with the potential to wipe out huge populations, could take just hundreds of years to form rather than the 100,000 previously thought, say American geologists.

Super-eruptions may only take hundreds of years to form

Sex determination in birds

Sex determination in birds

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ZZW hen is female to start with but develops male characteristics and produces no fertile gametes (eggs OR sperm). Except that is for the ZZW Kentish plover, noted in the study of sex determination in birds.

Sex determination in birds

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Posted Sat, 26 May 2012 11:02:39 GMT by Michael Evans

Earthquake prediction is an inexact science and the recent Italian earthquake has highlighted the danger of not taking adequate precautions. An Anglo-Russian satelite programme hopes to be able to use electromagnetic signals as a means of early warning.

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 12:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Theropod dinosaurs ruled the earth then died out in the Cretaceous, leaving the little mammals to diversify. Many genomes are now examinable for signs of diversification in these species' past.

Placentals ruled before the Cretaceous

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 10:40:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In Patagonia, which was part of southern Gondwanaland, a very early complete (almost) theropod dinosaur example has been found from the middle of the Jurassic period, 40 million years before any relative.

When dinosaurs ruled the Pampas

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 13:27:20 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Robotic fish used to find pollution. A four-foot robot fish that uses artificial intelligence to track, find and record water pollution is being tested.

Robo-fish uses arti-fish-ial intelligence to find pollution

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Posted Fri, 18 May 2012 15:16:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

American university researchers have found how flowers have an efficient way of reproducing, ensuring that fertilisation is successful even if the initial pollen is faulty.

Pollination: Flowers are masters of reproduction

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 10:28:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mutual benefits of a relationship between an ant species and pitcher plant; mutualism. Only one of the 120 species of the Nepenthes genus has been found so far to use a single plant - ant species within its tissues to help out.

Where, how and what do an ant and a pitcher plant exchange?

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Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Posted Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:30:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

Posted Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:22:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Posted Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Posted Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:20:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Posted Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:56:28 GMT by JW Dowey

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

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

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

Bird speciations made clear

Posted Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birds run carefully in the rough.

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

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:05:08 GMT by John Dean

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:20:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Bioplastic no saving grace

Posted Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:51:02 GMT by Rachel England

Archaea live long and slowly

Posted Sat, 02 Jun 2012 19:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

Posted Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Green light for jumping spiders

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