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New tools to increase the accuracy of biodiversity monitoring

An EU funded project, has created a range of tools to give a more accurate picture of current biodiversity, aiding efforts for sustainable governance of natural resources.

A new web of life

For the first time biologists have made a full family tree of the world's spiders, giving us knowledge about venoms that can be useful in medicine. And we might be able to develop silk just as good as the spider's.

Bee expert discusses bumblebee, now officially listed as endangered

Populations of the rusty patched bumblebee, a once-common bee species, have dramatically declined during the past three decades. Many scientists who study bees believe the species may be headed toward extinction

Female guppies with larger brains found to favor more colorful mates

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Sweden and the U.K. has found that female guppies with larger than average brains preferred to mate with males that were more colorful than average compared to smaller brained females. Show More Summary

New research may beat back bedbug epidemic

A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that's helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

A New View of Diabetes?

It’s hard to change entrenched ideas in science. Protein is the genetic material. Genes are continuous and immobile. The genome consists of 120,000 genes; no, 80,000; no, 60,000; no, 20,325. What we know about the

Deadline for abstract submission approaching: “Ocean Ecosystems Changes Under Multiple Stressors”, Goldschmidt Conference 2017, 13-18 August 2017, Paris, France

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2017! Convenors: Adrienne Sutton, Sam Dupont Keynote: Jacob Silverman (IOLR, Israel) Natural variability in key chemical and physical drivers influences marine life at a multitude of time and space scales. Our ability to project the response of ecosystems to a changing ocean is limited by uncertainties in both present […]

Root and Branch Reform for the Dinosaur Family Tree

Dinosaur Family Tree Given a Hefty Shake So, the scientific paper is out, published in the journal Nature and with the snappy title "A New Hypothesis of Dinosaur Relationships and Early Dinosaur Evolution".  Just about everything that we thought we knew about when, where and how the dinosaurs evolved has been turned on its head.  In

Newly Described Silurian Fossil Honours Sir David Attenborough

Fossil Discovery Named in Honour of Sir David Attenborough's 90th Birthday Sir David Attenborough has been honoured by an international team of scientists who have named a newly described Silurian Arthropod after the veteran broadcaster and naturalist.  Sir David has had a number of new species named in his honour, this 430 million-year-old, distant relative

Immune study in chickens reveals key hurdle for Campylobacter vaccine effort

(University of Liverpool) New University of Liverpool research reveals that the immune response of farmed chickens does not develop fast enough to fight off Campylobacter during their short lifespan. The findings have important implications in the challenge towards developing a poultry vaccine for the bug, which is the UK's leading cause of food poisoning.

Research highlights potential way to combat toxoplasmosis parasite

It lives inside one third of the UK population and is a common infection in cats, however until now scientists knew little about how the toxoplasmosis parasite communicated with its host.?

Saiga antelopes much more flexible than originally thought

Senckenberg scientists have discovered that the Saiga Antelope, which is currently threatened with extinction, used to be much more flexible in its habitat and food choices in the past than previously assumed. Based on carbon and nitrogen...Show More Summary

Marine fish intestine responds to ocean acidification producing more carbonate aggregates (not peer reviewed)

Marine fish contribute to the carbon cycle by producing mineralized intestinal aggregates generated as by-products of their osmoregulation. Here we aimed at characterizing the control of intestinal aggregate production in the gilthead sea bream in response to near future increases of environmental CO2. Show More Summary

Scientists receive grant to study how climate change and ocean acidification affect marine organisms

Mote Marine Laboratory scientist Dr. Emily Hall and Eckerd College scientist Dr. Cory Krediet recently received a Protect Our Reefs license plate grant to study ocean acidification and climate change conditions on corals using a sea anemone as a model organism. As many as 50 percent of the marine animals, plants and other organisms in […]

WITNESS: Investigating ocean acidification (Part 1)

In the first of his two-part WITNESS blog CONOR PURCELL joins the Irish marine scientists aboard the Celtic Explorer to learn more about how they are testing for ocean acidification As carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere continue to increase, more and more of the gas is drawn down into the world’s oceans, causing the […]

Beijing severe haze more frequent under global warming

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) A new study projects a substantial increase in the frequency and persistence of conducive weather conditions to Beijing severe haze in response to climate change.

Fragile bones and weak muscles take center stage at IOF-ESCEO World Congress in Florence

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) Researchers and clinicians from all regions of the world will be gathering in Florence, Italy today for the opening of the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO Florence 2017), froml March 23-26, 2017 at the Fortezza da Basso Congress center. Show More Summary

Moderate drinking may be heart healthy but exercise is safer

Another study has found that drinking 14 units or less a week is linked to better cardiovascular health. But drinking alcohol for health is a risky strategy

Bring the hammer.

Prepare yourself for the hammer. No not that hammer. This one. The Malleidae, or the hammer oysters, is a suite of around 30 species, primarily in the genus Malleus, all with a hammer or T shape to the shell.  I mean look at this shell. I like to think in the evolution process a conversation […]

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