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Wildlife and countryside groups attack progress on nature

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2013 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The government is failing to deliver a third of its commitments to protect the natural environment, a report says.

A neuroscientist's radical theory of how networks become conscious

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

This is What it’s Like to See the World as an Animal

Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2013 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
If you’ve ever wondered how animals view the world, this video should satisfy your curiosity.

91 new species described by California Academy Of Sciences in 2013

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2013 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The new species, include 38 different ants, 12 fishes, 14 plants, eight beetles, two spiders, one reptile, and one amphibian.

Wildlife 'thrived' in 2013 after hot summer

Posted in Science on 28th Dec, 2013 04:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The trust's Matthew Oates said 2013 was "one of the most remarkable wildlife years in living memory".

Poorly camouflaged insects can kick off a cascade of ecological impacts

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2013 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
The new findings illustrate the ability of rapid evolution to cause a cascade of ecological impacts.

Australian Sharks Now Tweet When They are Too Close to a Beach

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2013 02:18 AM
by AlexMuller
A unique approach to stop shark attacks by tagging sharks with an electronic device that sends out auto tweets.

More than three quarters of large carnivores now in decline

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2014 05:33 AM
by AlexMuller
A majority now occupy less than half their former ranges.

SHY Hypothesis Explains That Sleep Is the Price We Pay for Learning

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do animals ranging from fruit flies to humans all need to sleep?

DNA Studies Topple the Ladder of Complexity

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists saw signs of increasing complexity in evolution, but new DNA studies are ruining that idea. Amoebas have big genomes; evolution stumbles forward like a drunk.

Caring for animals may correlate with positive traits in young adults

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Young adults who care for an animal may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities.

'No target' in UK animal tests plan

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
The UK government has launched its delivery plan to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals in research - known as "the 3Rs".

Theory on origin of animals challenged:

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2014 03:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Studies show that animals can live and grow even with very limited oxygen supplies.

Cat Bites Are Linked To Depression

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found an unusual link between cat bites and depression. More than 41% of those who went to hospitals with cat bites were also treated for depression at some point.

Chris Austin explains how robots could soon replace animals in toxicology testing

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2014 02:57 AM
by AlexMuller
A new method for toxicity testing, employing robots, could one day make the need for lab animals obsolete.

Great white shark's epic ocean trek

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A great white shark called Lydia is about to make history as the first of its species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic to the other.

Breakthroughs Might Mean the End of Animal Testing

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Cutting back on animal testing isn’t just good ethics, it’s good science.

Apes Can Do Basic Math Using Symbols

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2014 05:31 AM
by AlexMuller
It has been long thought that one of the characteristics that makes humans unique is our ability to learn and manipulate symbols for communication.

Drones Could Help Reduce Poaching in Kenya by 96 Per Cent

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2014 12:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Drones will soon fill the skies above Kenya's 52 national parks and reserves, after a successful pilot program showed that they're very effective at stopping poachers.

Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2014 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.

Animal research 'pledge on openness' agreed

Posted in Medicine on 14th May, 2014 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
UK animal researchers have signed a pledge to be transparent about the nature of their experiments.

Brains evolved multiple times and converged on similar designs

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2014 07:14 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings suggest that brains and nervous systems originated multiple times from scratch.

Study: Species disappearing far faster than before

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2014 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene.

MPs demand accurate data on primate pet numbers

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
MPs are calling for urgent government action to determine how many primates are being kept as pets across the UK.

Look Out, Great White Sharks May be Making a Comeback

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Great white sharks are among the largest, most widespread predators in the ocean.

See For Yourself How Many Animals Are Close To Extinction

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Mass extinctions have happened before in Earth's history, for example when an enormous meteorite slammed into our planet and (likely) wiped out the dinosaurs.

Biologist warn of early stages of a sixth mass extinction event

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 05:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Biodiversity may be reaching a tipping point:

Mammals Were Meant for the Night Life

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 01:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Experts have recently revealed fossil evidence that indicates that the earliest of mammal ancestors may have started out as nocturnal creatures.

Great Apes Are Masters At Detecting Deception

Posted in Science on 28th Sep, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Nobody likes to be deceived; especially when there’s food involved.

Bees, birds may suffer from pesticides

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2014 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Research is posing serious questions about whether neonicotinoids, the most common insecticides in the world, are affecting birds and bees more than previously thought.

PenguinBot Infiltrates Penguin Colony:

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the ways study animals behaviors is to watch them in their natural environment. But even the most passive act of observation can change the way an animal behaves.

The origins of multicellular life

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The biological world around us is dominated by multicellular plants and animals. All of these intricate forms have evolved from far simpler, single celled ancestors.

Tools and primates: Opportunity is the mother of invention

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2014 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Whether you're a human being or an orangutan, tools can be a big help in getting what you need to survive.

This Electric Fence System Could Safely Segregate Swimmers and Sharks

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2014 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The system is assembled by simply stringing a 328-foot cable between a series of risers affixed to the seabed and turning it on.

Birds do it, bees do it. Many animals 'self medicate'

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2014 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Some animals are creating their own pharmacies from ingredients that commonly occur in nature.

Earth faces sixth great extinction

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened.

Modern genetics confirm ancient relationship between fins and hands

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Fossils show that the wrist and digits clearly have an aquatic origin.

In fossilized fish eye, rods and cones preserved for 300 million years

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the first time that fossilized photoreceptors from a vertebrate eye have ever been found.

Polar bears migrate to escape effects of climate change

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2015 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Warming temperatures are driving dramatic losses in sea ice, leaving these cold-climate mammals stranded.

Ancient fossil may rewrite fish family tree

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 08:47 PM
by AlexMuller
These findings as a whole could correct the misconception that cartilaginous fish are more primitive than bony fish.

Great Apes and Humans: Conserving Our Evolutionary Relatives

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2015 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Conservationists note that it is more important than ever that we work to save our evolutionary relatives.

Yosemite reports rare red fox sightings

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 07:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The first sightings of a Sierra Nevada red fox in nearly 100 years: One of the rarest animals in North America, with a population of only about 50 animals.

Evolution 'favors bigger sea creatures'

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period; and not by chance.

Unusually Short Lived Fish Could Hold the Secrets to Getting Old

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
For scientists who study ageing, the turquoise killifish could be the key to their future experiments.

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)?

Posted in Medicine on 26th Mar, 2015 12:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human.

On the brink of a mass extinction?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's animal and plant species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than they did before humans came along.

World's Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2015 06:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers analyzing the world’s oldest broken bone have discovered that a 333M year old critter spent most of its life on land.

Missing link fossil shows sharks are far more evolved than previously thought

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Sharks have cartilaginous skeletons, causing earlier experts to assume they are part of a primitive evolutionary pathway.

Not so crowded? New findings on global species richness

Posted in Science on 8th Jun, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth may contain millions fewer species than previously thought. New findings narrow species estimates for insects and terrestrial arthropods.

'Blood cells' found in dino fossils

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The work could shine a light on long-standing questions about dinosaur physiology, including whether specific species were warm or cold-blooded.

Conservation parks are growing, so why are species still declining?

Posted in Science on 14th Jun, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Nearly 15% of Earth’s land surface is protected in parks and reserves. By 2020, we should reach the agreed global target of 17%.

Self-awareness not unique to mankind

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self.

Earth 'entering new extinction phase' says US study

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.

Our eye sockets give us a wider field of view than other apes

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2015 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
This may have given our ancestors an edge when they descended from the forests into savannas.

Small oxygen jump helped enable early animals take first breaths

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery calls into question the theory that a dramatic change in oxygen level was responsible for the appearance of complicated life like whales, sharks, and squids.

New software provides an animal-eye view of our colorful world

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed a piece of free software that lets you see the colors in photos the way that various animals would see them.

Why we're smarter than chickens

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet, scientists report.

Researchers map a protein 'tree of life' for species across the animal kingdom

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Roughly 20,000 unique proteins are synthesized by our genes, and work together in combination to execute complex processes.

'Tree of life' for 2.3 million species released

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time.

Compared with other primates, human sleep is short and deep

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
This unusual sleep pattern may have helped give rise to our powerful minds.

A mathematical model to explain animal stripes

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2015 09:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have assembled a range of models into a single equation to identify what variables control stripe formation in living things.

Grey Matters: Scientists Link Brain Size and Smarts

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Having a big head might not be such a bad thing, if it means you have a gigantic brain. Animals with bigger brains may be better problem-solvers.

Orangutan population up but threats remain

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 01:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Orangutans are the world's largest tree-climbing mammal - and Asia's only great ape.

Disappearing species may leave no trace in the fossil record

Posted in Science on 18th Mar, 2016 07:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Now is unlike anything that's happened, not just in the numbers of species going extinct, but also in the way it's happening: It’s being driven by one species.

Biologists discover sophisticated 'alarm' signals in honey bees

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 10:42 AM
by AlexMuller
These social insects are capable of an incredibly sophisticated level of signaling and communication.

Banned EU pesticide affects learning of honeybees but not bumblebees

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Research into how both species respond to field-realistic-levels of the insecticide 'clothianidin' which was banned for use on flowering crops.

How did sea creatures survive the dinosaurs' extinction?

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2016 09:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Algae and microorganisms would have survived a massive asteroid and acted as a food source for other creatures.

Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 02:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to the results of a new study.

Humans have faster metabolism than related primates, enabling larger brain

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2016 05:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans have a higher metabolism rate than related primates. This may guide strategies for combating obesity.

Life forms 'went large' a billion years ago

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2016 11:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Life was already organising itself into large communities of cells more than a billion years ago, according to evidence from China.

Earth’s biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2016 03:08 PM
by AlexMuller
We might have managed to recognize only 2% of Earth’s biodiversity.

Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a warmer Earth

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2016 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Early life forms on Earth are likely to have mutated and evolved at much higher rates than they do today.

Biologists will be able to track animals in real time using the ISS

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Satellite imagery has gotten to the point where saying that something is "big enough to see from space" doesn't really mean much anymore.

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2016 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Ecosystems depend on the biological diversity within them to function.

Orangutan 'copies human speech'

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2016 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
That "other orangutans seem to be exhibiting equivalent vocal skills shows that Rocky is not a bizarre or abnormal individual"

Stopping deforestation will not end tropical species losses

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2016 10:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Species in tropical forests will still go extinct even if deforestation is stopped immediately, unless efforts are made to restore damaged areas.

Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The spread of non-native species threatens livelihoods and biodiversity, but the issue is worsened by global trade, travel and climate change.

Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction, experts say

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2016 03:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Four out of six great ape species are now Critically Endangered with the remaining two also under considerable threat of extinction.

Digital Life aims to make a 3D scan of every animal species

Posted in Software on 3rd Nov, 2016 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The team is working with zoos, scientists and other organisations to gain access to subjects for scanning, starting with endangered species.

Many species will not be able to adapt to climate change

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2016 03:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes will be vastly outpaced by future climate change.

Over half of primates now facing extinction, new report says

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2017 01:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The primates are a diverse order that include apes, our closest biological relatives, as well as monkeys, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers.

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