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

    How do we know how the oceans and winds will deliver when global warming destroys or present climate systems? The answer will depend on how this new information on Arctic sea-ice fits with various modelling experiments. We need to have information on these…
  • Mama Mia Mantis

    Thu 6:37am
    Will global warming bring more butterflies to northern Europe; can more species now live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We have to allow for changing habitat and even habitat preferences, if we are going to face the true character of global warming, drying…
  • And the porpoise killer is --- !

    Wed 2:30am
    Long suspected of murder, the grey seal is exposed as a regular killer of the smallest whale, the porpoise. They have recently started seeking the blubber from the porpoise, possibly after large numbers of drowned porpoise were made available after their…
  • Sawdust to gasoline, in just 2 steps

    Tue 1:05pm
    How can we make plastics if no more fossil fuels are unearthed, in efforts to combat greenhouse gas production? The answer has long been thought to be in complex lignins or, in this case, the much simpler cellulose .
  • Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

    Mon 2:59pm
    Our humble attempt to stir interest in the most intriguing species on earth moves to the Mollucas. Wallace discovered more animals than almost any other explorer in the richly biodiverse islands we can now call Wallaceana (Indonesia, Australasia and Malaysia.)…
  • Audi, Toyota, Honda and Nissan lead us into the 22nd century car.

    Sun 3:11pm
    A few have made the step to electric or hybrid cars. More will be following, but how will the next generation of green cars be accepted. Despite the tearing out of hair by oil companies, there are now many subsidies and grants designed to clean up the city…
  • The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

    Sat 3:44pm
    How stupid we are. For thousands of years, many have regarded reptiles and crocodilians in particular as slow and stupid themselves. From these papers, you can understand how wrong we were and how artful the croc can be. Just ask Captain Hook! (Who actually…
  • Wind and its place in electricity generation.

    Nov 21, 2014, 4:08 am
    The facts and figures covering the power we generate from wind need to be exposed. A least the solar energy enthusiasts regularly tell us just how enormous their capacity is, but the wind business seems more withdrawn, despite the fabulous energy available and…
  • Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:21 am
    We worry and then worry again about our turtles, so any good news is welcome, even if one area of success is unlikely to help all the other species. The Olive Ridley turtle was found once in this study reminding us of all the life trials that these unlucky…
  • Conservation and Reintroductions

    Nov 18, 2014, 6:00 pm
    With the elephant and rhino populations deeply depressed (as we are), reintroduction must be the real aim of conservation of the endangered. Once we have disposed of the poachers and pet traders, a real habitat with a real life must exist in some special…
  • Relief for American groundwater worries (or is it?)

    Nov 17, 2014, 3:34 pm
    Water, water everywhere, as far as groundwater is concerned. But this precious resource, as California has discovered, can so easily be contaminated for not only your people, but also any hope for industry. Good news from the Northern US is that their…
  • King Sol Rules and Scores Well Too.

    Nov 16, 2014, 10:30 am
    Out of adversity, such as the horrific loss of groundwater and other supplies in California, came this convenient checklist for your solar panel, whether you have some, want some, or may feel in the solar mood when the sun next shines.
  • The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

    Nov 15, 2014, 1:54 pm
    From Thailand to the southeast of China and then throughout the Sunda shelf much of which is now underwater, the rainforest was supreme. It was delineated by the presence of many species of dipterocarp, entwined with rattans and delicious fruiting trees, all…
  • Use biodiversity to combat climate change!

    Nov 14, 2014, 4:10 am
    The influences of ecology are subtle. So far, few have realised that biodiversity, as noted in South Korea, is key to climate change in many situations. Maintaining our ecosystems should be key in these changing times, but our climate changes continue because…
  • Cats, as we know them.

    Nov 12, 2014, 5:05 am
    The attraction of cats is a puzzle for some and taken for granted by others. In fact, like dogs, they are highly genetically-adapted to be irresistible, otherwise humans would have discarded them both eons ago. Have fun with this great research to ease our…
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