Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMTWhen 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 ----- !
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:00 GMTCancer, 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.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMTDo the sexes interact when battle is carried out in vervet monkeys and does this have any relevance to human warfare?
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:15:00 GMTWe 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.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMTThe crow family, the apes and dolphins show us what they can understand, but who can beat this bird?
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:38:00 GMTThe 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?
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:45:00 GMTThe 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!
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMTWill 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!
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:56:23 GMTJust 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?
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMTThe 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!
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 GMTA 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.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:26 GMTCould 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.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:05:31 GMTWe 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.
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMTWill the Pacific see conservation happening as it had to do in the Atlantic? The case of the tuna species there, in past present and future scenarios, leaves us wondering which attitudes reign in Korea, Japan, the USA and Mexico.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:35:00 GMTDo the same individuals persevere across continents and deserts to achieve a yearly miracle migration? Its seems some do make it for 4000km, but they mainly rely on several generations forging north or south to reach suitable breeding habitat.