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Museum launches app to help children get outdoors and connect to nature

The Museum, in partnership with Dell EMC and in association with Intel and Microsoft, today launches Dippy’s Naturenauts, to encourage children to …

Bioluminescence: light in the dark

Lanternfishes have light-producing organs on their bodies that are called photophores.<p>This light is created by a chemical reaction, and it is one …

Nudibranchs: psychedelic thieves of the sea

Nudibranchs, commonly known as sea slugs, are a group of shell-less marine molluscs. Their name means 'naked gill', referring to the breathing …

Can sponges cure cancer?

There are over 9,000 described species of sponge (Porifera) living in the ocean, from the intertidal zone all the way down to the abyss.<p>These animals …

The bizarre love life of the anglerfish

Pairings of deep-sea male and female anglerfishes are rather unbalanced.<p>While the female spends her life hunting, the male is at leisure to simply …

Highlighting coral reefs at risk

Principal Curator Miranda Lowe says the <i>Turbinaria,</i> one of the largest specimens in the Museum's marine invertebrates collection, provides a timely …

What is ocean acidification?

Earth's oceans are changing due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.<p>Museum palaeontologist Prof Richard Twitchett explains, 'Ocean …

Climate Change

Life in the pod: the social lives of whales

Dr Luke Rendell, researcher at the University of St Andrews, has been working closely with Museum scientists for a new exhibition, Whales: Beneath …

The spectacular display of the mobula ray

The rays have large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies and long fins, allowing them to glide through water - and also through the air.<p>Huge groups of the …

Natural History

What happens when whales die?

The descent<p>Decay sets in soon after the death of a whale, as the insides begin to decompose. The animal then expands with gas and sometimes floats up …

Life in the Jurassic ocean

All we have left of ammonites are their spiral-shaped, grey shells, found scattered across southern England's beaches and cliffs.<p>These extinct sea …

What is a parasitic isopod?

Three extra sets of tiny eyes can be seen peeking out of the mouths of the anemone-dwelling clownfish. These eyes belong to three tenacious parasitic …