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Green spaces 'can save NHS billions'

Posted in Business on 7th Nov, 2013 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
The Woodland Trust's chief executive has said increasing people's access to green spaces could cut billions of pounds from the NHS healthcare bill.

Forest change mapped by Google Earth

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth.

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.

English seas get new marine conservation zones

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2013 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The government has announced it will create 27 new marine conservation zones to protect wildlife in the seas around the English coast.

Last minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming.

Trees can capture over 50% of the particulate matter in polluted urban air

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2013 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Trees Capture Particulate Matter From Road Exhaust.

New species of wild cat identified in Brazil

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2013 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A new species of wild cat has been identified in South America by using molecular markers, researchers claim.

The Subarctic Lakes Of Canada Are Drying Up

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 02:55 AM
by AlexMuller
At a rate unseen in 200 years.

Trillions of tons of fresh water under ocean's continental shelf

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2013 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery comes as United Nations estimates suggest water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of the population of the world over the last century.

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2013 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Perfluorotributylamine is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts.

Global Warming: 4 Degree Rise Will End Vegetation Carbon Sink

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2013 03:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Carbon will spend increasingly less time in vegetation as the negative impacts of climate change take their toll.

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.

Billion dollar climate denial network exposed

Posted in Business on 24th Dec, 2013 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
A network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible.

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.

Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced.

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2014 02:43 AM
by AlexMuller
With help from light that humans can't see

Great white sharks 'live for 70 years'

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Great white sharks live far longer than was previously thought.

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.

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
A feature of plants that cannot be explained by classical physics alone, but which quantum mechanics answers quite nicely.

Climate Engineering: What does the public think?

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Some scientists think that climate engineering approaches will be required to combat the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels.

Scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
A massive ancient subglacial trough, deeper than the Grand Canyon, has been discovered by a team of UK experts.

Thousands of Australian bees are getting tagged for research

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Approximately 5,000 bees are receiving RFID tags.

Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate Change

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says.

Exposure to pesticides results in smaller worker bees

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2014 10:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size.

Chemical process turns any plant matter, even trees, into biofuels

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2014 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Nearly any plant material can be broken down into simple sugars.

A New Physics Theory of Life

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it.

EU outlines 2030 climate goals

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030.

One quarter of the world's cartilaginous fish, namely sharks and rays, face imminent extinction

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 04:42 AM
by AlexMuller
There are no real sanctuaries for sharks where they are safe from overfishing.

Climate change 'could be making fish smaller'

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
A decline in the length of fish in the North Sea could be linked to climate change, according to researchers.

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.

Want to cut Arctic warming in half? Curb emissions now

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 03:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Global warming is changing the Arctic so quickly that experts say we should expect an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer within just a few decades.

Pacific salmon migrate with a 'magnetic map'

Posted in Science on 8th Feb, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
There is more evidence that salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to perform extraordinary feats of navigation.

Green space can make people happier for years

Posted in Medicine on 15th Feb, 2014 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Research is showing for the first time that green space does appear to improve mental health in a sustained way.

Amazon electric fish inspire underwater robotics

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2014 04:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric fish from South America are opening up new ideas in robotics.

Deep-sea mining 'must responsibly respect ecosystems'

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2014 03:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea.

Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
In the last few decades, many species have suffered steep declines, and some in the UK have gone extinct.

New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

Posted in Online on 22nd Feb, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world.

Ninety-five per cent of world's fish hide in mesopelagic zone

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth's oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.

New catalyst could lead to cleaner energy

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
MIT chemists devise a reaction that traps carbon dioxide and turns it into something useful.

Researchers discover fish with a previously unknown type of eye

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The glasshead barreleye is one of only two vertebrates known to have reflector eyes.

Damning study blames BP oil spill for heart defects in fish

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2014 03:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists find evidence of Deepwater Horizon's potentially lethal effect on commercial fish species.

Can science stop sharks attacking humans?

Posted in Science on 1st Apr, 2014 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Sharks have patrolled the oceans for at least 400 million years and evolved into a huge range of remarkable species.

Northern Europe hit by most bee deaths; EU study

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:10 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries.

World 'needs Plan B' on climate change

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report.

Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years.

The godfather of nature documentaries is making one for the Oculus Rift

Posted in Software on 13th Apr, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Sir David Attenborough may be 87 years old, but he's still embracing the latest technology.

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation?

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99% certainty.

Wisconsin Research Shows Green Space Keeps You From Feeling Blue

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported feeling.

EU green light for UK carbon capture and storage project

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A UK project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Open-source "intelligent" beehives developed to tackle Colony Collapse Disorder

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Bee colonies are in decline worldwide. This is a growing problem, and a number of theories and solutions are being explored.

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.

Agreement reached on deep sea mining

Posted in Business on 26th Apr, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
The project will extract ores of copper, gold and other valuable metals from a depth of 1,500m.

Climate change may worsen summertime ozone pollution

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2014 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Americans face 70 percent increase in unhealthy ozone levels by 2050.

Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Harvard study shows neonicotionoids are devastating colonies by triggerring colony collapse disorder.

Rate of honey bee losses in the US 'economically unsustainable'

Posted in Business on 17th May, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Bee populations have been dying at a rate which is economically unsustainable. Honey bees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of US consumer foods.

Is conserving biodiversity the key to good mental health?

Posted in Medicine on 20th May, 2014 05:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Our ability to experience nature could have the capacity to improve our well-being and consequently mental health.

Last Month Tied for Globe’s Hottest April

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2014 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
This past April tied 2010 for the hottest April on record according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Climate disputes have little effect on the public, says study

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have tracked how media coverage can affect levels of public interest in climate science by comparing volumes of searches.

Americans care about 'global warming', but not 'climate change'

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Yale researchers have found that the two terms, often used interchangeably, generate very different responses.

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.

Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
It was found that certain types of coral are able to adapt to tolerate higher sea temperatures by changing the genes they express.

The US government announces its strongest action against climate change to date

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The Obama administration wants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent within the next 16 years.

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient upheaval: Rate may be ten times faster

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The oceans are on track to acidify at least as much as they did in ancient times, only at a much faster rate.

Disappearance of species at the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago, caused by humans

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The proportion of large mammal species that died out was closely related to the global expansion of humans.

New study finds environmental damage globally may cost more than U.S. GDP

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2014 01:09 AM
by AlexMuller
“Nature is a large and important part of the real economy which adds to human well-being.”

Link between climate and ocean currents over 6 million years

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2014 01:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered a relationship between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million years after analyzing an area of the Atlantic.

Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The US plans to create the world's biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

UN: The world's forests are fundamental to human well-being

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jun, 2014 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A senior UN official has described the world's forests as "fundamental" to human well-being and survival.

Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids 'impossible to deny'

Posted in Science on 24th Jun, 2014 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees, say scientists.

'Immediate protection' needed for Pitcairn's marine bounty

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
"Immediate protection" is required for the waters of the Pitcairn Islands, home to one of the world's most valuable collections of marine species.

Warming threat to emperor penguins

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Climate change is likely to cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100, a study suggests.

Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish in 20 years'

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Healthy coral reefs have declined by about 50% in the past 40 years.

The memory of fish can lasts for days, not seconds

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
African Cichlid fish have a memory span of up to twelve days, a new study has shown.

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.

Stopping harmful climate change could be surprisingly cheap

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Governments have agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, because more than that may be impossible to adapt to.

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash

Posted in Business on 10th Jul, 2014 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Any effort to limit global warming to 2ºC will require deep investment in low-carbon research and development, a new assessment warns.

One Third Of Borneo's Rainforest Has Been Cut Down

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2014 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Bad news for orangutans.

Rogue Geoengineering Project May Have Increased Salmon Numbers

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2014 04:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled. This may be the solution to over-fishing.

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:

First national study finds trees saving lives, and reducing respiratory problems:

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jul, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Air pollution modeling reveals broad-scale impacts of pollution removal by trees.

Some Bees Are Busier Than Others

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
About 20% of the bees in a beehive account for 50% of the foraging activity. However, the slacker bees step up if the hard working ones are removed.

Climate 'key driver' in European forest disturbances

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2014 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
These disturbances have intensified considerably in recent decades.

New analysis links the height of trees to the climate

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Our study talks about the kind of constraints that could limit maximum tree height, and how those constraints and maximum height vary with climate.

AREND Project aims to ward off poachers with unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
One emerging area with huge potential is wildlife conservation, with drones delivering the ability to patrol and detect illegal poachers from the air.

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.

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors?

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Sep, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Large scale study says group nature walks linked with significantly lower depression and perceived stress, enhanced mental well-being.

Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
US President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum to expand a vast marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean.

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 10:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here.

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.

Aussie bees fight 'hive wars'

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Bee colonies in Brisbane are waging war for months on end, sending waves of workers who collide, grapple and die.

Earth’s water has been present since the planet’s earliest days

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies of meteorite samples known to have come from the protoplanet Vesta indicate Earth’s surface had water much earlier than scientists previously believed.

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.

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.

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.

Nearly half of crucial planet stability systems compromised

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2015 07:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost half of the processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet have become dangerously compromised by human activity.

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.

Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects.

Oceans facing wildlife Armageddon:

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
'We are falling off a mass extinction cliff, but we're not there yet'

Urban habitats 'provide haven' for bees

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2015 06:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Flowers planted in gardens and allotments provide a valuable food source for bees across the year, according to research.

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.

New threats to wild bees identified

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Wild bumblebees are becoming infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers.

UK to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK is planning to create the world's largest marine reserve in the South Pacific, offering unprecedented protections to the more than 1,200 species that live there.

Oxygen-depleted oceans had key role in mass extinction

Posted in Science on 5th Apr, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in the chemical balance of the ocean were crucial in the end-Triassic extinction, during which half of all plant, animal and marine life on Earth perished.

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.

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2015 01:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Pesticide problems are just one of many problems facing pollinators; this is separate from colony collapse disorder, which has devastated honeybee populations.

Butterfly wings may be the answer to glare-proof screens

Posted in Hardware on 24th Apr, 2015 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Butterfly wings could inspire phone and laptop screens that are glare-proof, putting an end to awkward squinting while trying to read emails on a sunny day.

1 in 6 species could risk of extinction because of climate change

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
If carbon emissions continue on their current path, and temperatures rise by 4 degrees, 16% of animals and plants will be lost, according to a review.

Fossils fill evolutionary gap between fish and 4-legged beasts

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2015 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
How did fish evolve into four-legged beasts that roam the land? A key part of that mystery has been solved by fossils found on a Nova Scotia beach.

Parasites Are Wiping Out Entire Honeybee Colonies

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Although parasites have long been associated with colony collapse disorder, where entire hives are wiped out, only recently has the magnitude of the threat been realized.

The world's first ocean cleaning system will be deployed in 2016

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 09:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There are five gigantic patches of swirling plastic throughout the Earth's oceans, known as gyres.

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.

Google Street View now takes you under the sea

Posted in Online on 6th Jun, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The new underwater panoramic views reveal the beauty beneath the sea but also call attention to the damage being done to Earth's oceans.

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.

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%.

Protect more bee species to safeguard crops, say scientists

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Almost 80% of crop pollination by wild bees is provided by just 2% of the most common species, say scientists.

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.

CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have warned that marine life will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

Walking in nature lowers risk of depression, scientists find

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jul, 2015 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study has found quantifiable evidence that supports the common idea that walking in nature could lower your risk of depression.

Ocean warming due to climate change is unstoppable

Posted in Science on 17th Jul, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today’s levels, say scientists.

Poll launched to find the UK's favourite insect

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The small tortoiseshell butterfly is in the shortlist of 10 insects selected by the Royal Society of Biology.

Research shows that honey bees can rapidly evolve to overcome new disease

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Some good news for the struggling honeybee, and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops.

Micro-sensors stuck to honey bees to help solve mass deaths

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists use micro-sensors attached to honey bees as part of a global push to understand the key factors driving a worldwide population decline of the pollinators.

One-meter rise in sea levels inevitable, NASA says

Posted in Science on 28th Aug, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
We don't know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer, but the rise will have a 'profound impact' around the world.

Climate change will alter ocean bacteria crucial to food chain

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Irreversible changes to microorganisms could effect species from plankton to whales that depend on products it consumes or produces.

Marine populations have halved since 1970

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have declined by 49% since 1970, a report says.

'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.

Caffeinated plants give bees a buzz

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 05:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Many plants produce caffeine in their nectar. An experiment with artificial nectar has now shown that bees are attracted to and even drugged by the compound.

US wild bee numbers decline as land is converted for biofuel

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The researchers say that the conversion of land to grow corn for biofuels is a key element in the decline.

We narrowly missed a new ice age, and now we won’t see one for a very long time

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2016 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
An ice age is not going to happen any time soon. Our current breakneck emissions of greenhouse gases have ensured that.

Public contributions to science increasingly common

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Biology and ecology have a long tradition of citizen science. Researchers relied on the public to observe and classify animal and plant species for over 100 years.

Bee virus spread manmade and emanates from Europe

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is manmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has concluded.

Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 06:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage could be the next item on the list when it comes to listing all the reasons we need to save the world’s bee population from collapse.

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.

The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2016 08:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the sun.

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.

Why living around nature could make you live longer

Posted in Science on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The health benefits are likely thanks to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity that come with living near green spaces.

Old forest may provide buffer against rising temperatures

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 05:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The vegetation of an old-growth forest could provide a buffer for plants and animals in a warming world, according to a new study.

Artificial Intelligence fights wildlife poaching

Posted in Software on 26th Apr, 2016 11:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are using A.I. applications that incorporate a game theory model for wildlife protection.

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.

Climate change: survival of the oldest species?

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 05:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The logic is relatively simple: The reason they’re so old is that they’ve been tested by environmental shifts before and have come out on top.

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.

Long visits to nature linked to improved mental health, study finds

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2016 12:32 PM
by AlexMuller
People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

Emerging strain of honeybee virus proves even more deadly

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2016 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Viral infections have been identified as a major factor in the continued decline of bee colonies.

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.

Bees suffer from pollution confusion, says new study

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Bees look for flowers using their enhanced sense of smell, but air pollutants could be making it harder for them to sniff out possible food sources.

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.

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:08 PM
by AlexMuller
"There is intense interest in creating artificial photosynthesis as an alternative energy source"

A supernova might have abetted a mass extinction on earth

Posted in Science on 13th Jul, 2016 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
An exploding star hundreds of light-years from Earth may have played a role in a minor mass extinction that happened 2.59 million years ago.

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.

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.

World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years'

Posted in Science on 27th Oct, 2016 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Human activity, including habitat loss, wildlife trade, pollution and climate change contributed to the declines.

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.

Plants are ramping up photosynthesis, helping absorb carbon dioxide

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2016 12:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Green plants are helping us fight climate change, but scientists say that in the future, they may not be able to absorb so much of our extra CO2.

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.

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2017 06:33 PM
by Alex Muller
Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows.

There’s a treasure trove of mineral resources on the seafloor

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2017 02:47 PM
by Alex Muller
There are precious minerals to mine, but no regulations in place.

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