Alex Gerard

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Bowleven braces for fight against activist fund

Oil explorer Bowleven is braced to lose its fight for survival in the face of an onslaught from a rebel shareholder intent on overthrowing the board.<p>The feud has been brewing between the two for months and will come to a head on Tuesday as shareholders vote on the calls from Bowleven’s largest …

Bag-like sea creature was humans' oldest known ancestor

Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans—a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, …

Atopodentatus was a hammerheaded herbivore, new fossil find shows

Find changes previous view of <i>Atopodentatus unicus</i>, revealing the 244-million-year-old creature to be the earliest known plant-eating marine reptile<p>An ancient creature with a skull the shape of a vacuum attachment could have been one of the first plant-eating marine reptiles, researchers say.<p>Dug up …

Secrets Of The Mariana Trench, Caught On Camera

Deep in the ocean, a mission is underway to explore the "unknown and poorly known areas" around the Mariana Trench.<p>"Despite decades of previous work in the region," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, "much of the [trench] and surrounding areas remain unexplored."<p>Between April …

Great white shark fears at UK coastal resort

Fears have been raised a great white shark could be circling the Norfolk coast after a dead porpoise was found washed up on a beach.<p>Witnesses had initially thought the 5ft long porpoise was a shark but due to its injuries concerns have been raised they could have been caused by a shark.<p>The incident …

Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

After raking in nearly $2 billion, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is easily one of the biggest and most successful movies of all time. It's biggest …

University seeks private donations to offset climate funding crunch

Like most researchers at Columbia University’s Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Park Williams is expected to win research grants to cover his …

Invasive Chinese mitten crab found in Scotland prompts salmon fears

The Chinese mitten crab, one of the 100 worst alien invaders in the world according to conservationists, appears to have arrived in Scotland for the first time.<p>Remains of one of the ‘hairy crabs’, named because of a hair-like covering on their claws, was found in the river Clyde in June. Experts …

Crowding in the City: Losing and Winning Competitors of an Invasive Bird

1. Mack RN, Simberloff D, Lonsdale WM, Evans H, Clout M, et al. (2000) Biotic Invasions: Causes, Epidemiology, Global Consequences and Control. Ecol …

Protecting mainland Europe from an invasion of grey squirrels

Genotyping of grey squirrels sampled from Italy and the UK shows a direct link between genetic diversity and their ability to invade new environments.<p>…

Imperial College London

The place that has wiped out grey squirrels

<b>The red squirrel has been in severe decline in the UK but one island has completely eliminated grey squirrels to promote a red resurgence. Could it lead to a wider programme of eradication, asks Rachel Argyle.</b><p>Once common, red squirrels have declined rapidly in the UK since the 1950s, falling in …

Wildlife

Climate optimism builds ahead of Paris talks

The road to a new global climate treaty has been slow and plodding. But years of delicate negotiations have given way to cautious optimism as more …

Climate

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Green Climate Fund faces slew of criticism

Major questions are swirling around the operations of a United Nations fund that is supposed to channel billions of dollars to help developing …

The man who keeps finding new species of shark

<b>Most people have heard of great white, hammerhead and tiger sharks but there are many other species - and every year a number of new ones are discovered. One enthusiast has, so far, identified 24 types of shark and related fish that were previously unknown.</b><p>Dave Ebert has a favourite market in …

Zoology

Gift of rare basking shark to Victorian scientists 'fantastic' for research

The 3,500kg, 6.5-metre ‘gentle giant’ accidentally netted by trawler in Bass Strait and donated to Museum Victoria<p>A basking shark, rarely seen in Australian waters, will be donated to scientists after it was caught by the Castella Rosa fishing trawler off Victoria’s south-west coast.<p>The 3,500kg, …

Consider the Left Shark

From meme to merch, this week found us taking marine life and jumping the ... well, you know.<p>In May of 2011, Jason O'Bryhim published an academic book—<i>The Effects of Public Opinion on Sharks: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Towards Sharks and Shark Conservation</i>—that attempted to address the …

Left Shark

Architects Want To Turn Old Subway Tunnels Into An Underground Cycling Highway

The conceptual London Underline would offer pedestrians and cyclists an alternate route through central London.<p>London commuters could one day ditch the Tube for a different kind of underground transportation experience. A proposal by global architecture firm Gensler would turn out-of-use metro …

You get to live longer, but you might get cancer. On balance, that's a good thing

New statistics say two in three people born today will get cancer at some point in their lifetimes. But behind the headlines, survival rates are better than ever before<p>The frightening statistic in yesterday’s newspaper – that at least half of us born since 1960 will receive, at some stage in our …

Is eating food past its use-by date really that harmful?

The global population can be divvied into two camps: the cautious and sensible who consign their food to the bin seconds after its use-by date. And the hardy, thrifty, throw-caution-to-the-winders who dare to devour even the hairiest slice of Mighty White - so long as it’s given a fiery blast in …

Food Preservation

Climate change will hit Australia harder than rest of world, study shows

Science agency the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology predict temperature rises of up to 5.1c in Australia by 2090 in their most comprehensive forecast yet<p>Australia could be on track for a temperature rise of more than 5C by the end of the century, outstripping the rate of warming experienced by the …

Deadly sea snail uses weaponised insulin to make its prey sluggish

The geographic cone snail can send whole schools of fish into hypoglycaemic shock by releasing insulin into the water<p>A tropical sea snail uses a potent form of insulin to subdue its fish prey, scientists have discovered.<p>The geographic cone snail (<i>Conus geographus</i>) uses the chemical to cause a …

Zoology

How Whales Change Climate

The truth about sharks: Far from being 'killing machines', they have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning

I was snorkelling far offshore when the bull shark appeared. Movement in the corner of my eye, then a silhouette 30 metres away, slipping through the …

Residency patterns and movements of grey reef sharks ( Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) in semi-isolated coral reef habitats

Baayen RH, Davidson DJ, Bates DM (2008) Mixed-effects modeling with crossed random effects for subjects and items. J Mem Lang 59:390–412. doi: …

Habitats of 140 Australian threatened species not protected, WWF study finds

The habitats of nearly 140 of Australia’s most threatened animals, including the hairy-nosed wombat and the green sawfish, remain unprotected despite recent growth in the country’s network of nature reserves, a new report has found.<p>Of the 1,613 species listed nationally as threatened, 138 fall …

Animals in the news: in pictures

Polar bears communicate with smelly feet; golden snub-nosed monkey genome sequenced; dodo scanned; booby recovery on Palmyra; guillemots say thank you; basking sharks need hotspots; panda triplets on show; climate-related crash of Tasmanian devil population

Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority “committed suicide” when it permitted millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil to be dumped near the reef, a coral reef expert says.<p>Former Australian Institute of Marine Science chief scientist Dr Charlie Veron also says the authority no longer has the …