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  • Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

    Thu 7:25am
    The rocky pools of Maine are the centre of attention in the scientific world for once. How the many interactions work gives insight into the most complex ecosystems on earth, like the coral reefs or the terrestrial examples in rainforest. Crab and whelk,…
  • The Tempo of Evolution is revealed on Hawaii

    Mon 5:59am
    If we take a group of islands that suffer from regular volcanic creation and then erosion back into the sea, can we gather invaluable information about how life evolves generally to fill available habitats in other biomes---- ? The answer seems to be YES we…
  • Army ants tolerate multiple evolutions of beetle mimics

    Mar 15, 2017, 5:50 am
    The daring explorer ventures near the dangerous predator at his peril, but this is the army ant, so there are fascinating “guests” and although the danger is real, we can avoid the worst of the bites. The reward is genomes that tell us new stories of…
  • Nations that are cleaning up ---- part 1!

    Mar 6, 2017, 4:59 am
    What can China avoid polluting that we can’t. Well it’s possible that even greater carbon footprints will quickly be trodden if events follow mazy paths in many places.
  • Nissan Electric recruit Margot Robbie

    Feb 22, 2017, 5:40 am
    The future of trucks and buses is the mundane work of Nissan Electric and other enterprising manufacturers. The glamour of a fast, light electric car is there to be exploited however, and who better than our Margot!
  • Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

    Feb 15, 2017, 5:20 am
    The great auk was gobbled up by sailors. Now the importance of such species is highlighted in a study proving how the barren wastes are transformed into a “green” land where Inuits and Vikings found a haven.
  • Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

    Feb 8, 2017, 5:28 am
    Tiger, leopard and dhole! Carnivores, large and small, govern resources across the whole spectrum of natural habitats, whether terrestrial or marine. Here they interact to give real meaning to the word ecology. Camera traps are proving invaluable for relieving…
  • Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

    Feb 6, 2017, 5:25 am
    Have we got the answer to urban living when we solve the huge losses of hedgehogs in suburban neighbourhoods? The adoption of wild roofs and city ecoscapes in general brings some species to the new city. We have forgotten some animals that might just help…
  • Lions cause tigers problems

    Jan 30, 2017, 4:50 am
    How does the fate of the desperately-threatened tiger subspecies become involved with their relative on another continent? The answer lies in the actions of the South African government, who continue to submit to pressure groups who breed lions and sell them…
  • Primates matter, and this is why!

    Jan 23, 2017, 5:15 am
    The apes and monkeys represent one of the most interesting and numerous mammalian orders. With the lemurs, lorises and marmosets to set the tone for diversity, the need is to maintain conservation efforts and increase the chances for survival. Too much human…
  • Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

    Jan 12, 2017, 4:40 am
    We rarely come across research that leads to true connections with human evolution in other animals, but menopause is an almost unique event that has deep meaning for survival. With these whales, we have a link to one of our own particular characteristics that…
  • One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

    Jan 10, 2017, 4:55 am
    When the politics of greenhouse gases finally unravel, it won’t be our children who come to conclusions about it. It will be more distant descendants who acclaim our restriction of CFCs, but what can they say about the current mess? We need climate…
  • Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

    Jan 4, 2017, 5:36 am
    Whether we want to find rare populations of crickets, bats or whales, acoustic signs are worth recording. Instead of sometimes-impossible genetic ID, call signs give often-deeper analysis of how populations differ in so-called cultures. In the case of this…
  • Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

    Jan 3, 2017, 5:20 am
    When the likes of Cota Doñana are threatened, then all of these precious sites for conservation, from the Great Barrier Reef to all the rainforests worldwide need to be checked. Who is destroying these last places for endangered wildlife on earth? Tourism and…
  • The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

    Dec 20, 2016, 5:05 am
    How can we stop the powers-that-be jumping in the deep end? Action is already taken to restrict or warn of deep-sea “mining” of metals. Will this stop governments or corporations rushing in to make a quick profit?
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