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The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:40:00 GMT

Quantification of the iconic polar bears’ fate is important as the ice melts ever more readily. Here is the real story we can expect as we struggle to conserve all the species we can, while the world warms inexorably.

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT

One great devil ray species (Mobula mobular) was doing well in the Mediterranean Sea last year, but it is still classed as endangered, whether in Gaza or migrating to the Tuscan Sea. As it isn’t a food item, this probably saves it from the fate of its smaller relatives. They are disappearing fast, and there has been little effort at conservation.

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT

When we lose so many animals and plants from South America, often as soon as they are discovered as new species. It is consoling to discover such an animal that seems to be looking after itself, in secondary forest, and with hopes of recovery from population loss. Of course, some smart new conservation effort may be required in the form of forest regeneration and afforestation ----- !

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:00 GMT

Cancer, the edible crab, can equal the coconut crab in the force applied by its claw, but the use to which Birgus latro puts its magnificent weapon goes way beyond the opening up of coconuts.

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMT

Do the sexes interact when battle is carried out in vervet monkeys and does this have any relevance to human warfare?

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:15:00 GMT

We have been unable to speak on the body politic for months. The situation is like a freeze on global warming (as well as wildlife conservation, and the rest!) However, here is the current situation, thanks to one group of scientists. Maybe this will be simply history soon, but we certainly hope the present situation is resolved, and very soon. Winter is coming, but it’s getting hot.

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT

The crow family, the apes and dolphins show us what they can understand, but who can beat this bird?

How forest ecosystems work in NW Europe and the Yukon

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:38:00 GMT

The climate of the Arctic is changing more rapidly than most other regions, but just south of there is the treeline and then the greatest forests left on earth. How will they and their inhabitants change as the warming continues over the next century or so, and are we able to help?

Sailfish hunt, but is cooperation evolving?

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:45:00 GMT

The sailfish is a magnificent specimen, but not for any static display. It deserves to be given its niche in the open ocean, at the highest speeds of 70mph (110kph), perfecting their hunting of tuna, mackerel. sardine and squid. The fish grows rapidly, lives only around 4 years and inhabits warm waters and as we see here, hunts with that great, vicious bill, by damaging as many prey as it catches!

Giant Antarctic marine reserve: international compromise or sham?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Will the Russians maintain or increase their fisheries near and in the protected Ross Sea? Other nations are also fishing there, and few vessels will report any infringement of the agreed protections in a simply enormous area of uninhabited Antarctica and its surrounding islands. This is just one political aspect of this new cooperation. It’s the conservation that matters, but tell that to the sea-angels!

Carnivores good for hunters or farmers or just plain dangerous?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:56:23 GMT

Just what impact can we expect as large carnivores are returning to old haunts, despite a modern-day increase in the human populations of Europe and North America (maybe even in South America, Africa and Asia?) Would you vote for more ecosystem management like this?

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT

The lack of light reaching the animals in the deep sea is mirrored in a total lack of transparency in the Marine Stewardship Council, today in London. Read on to look at the implications for one large fish species as well as our sensitive bottoms!

Whale cultures rule in Galápagos.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 GMT

A revolution took place in the Pacific over a 30-year period. Between the 1980s and 2014, new groups of sperm whales replaced the thousands who had normally occupied the Galápagos Islands area. Who was who and where did they emigrate or immigrate? The answers are here.

Sperm speed gene improves reproduction

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:26 GMT

Could humans benefit from a gene that speeds up the sperm as it swims? In a deer mouse, it works wonders for up to 14 litters per year and 9 offspring per litter! You do the math.

Going to the dogs in Sardinia.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:05:31 GMT

We will soon have many unexpected insights into human and other species’ problems such as disease or simply anthropology. The chemicals that control our every movement and thought are inherited. Now even the dogs we breed can be recruited to help understand and back-up documentation of how inter-related we all are. Cancer and other disease problems are certainly being answered with this kind of research. Next we could see even more advances in research using information gleaned from other species.