Melissa Sterry

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Snails have homing instinct and will crawl (slowly) back to motherland if moved, BBC wildlife film proves

For a creature which carries its house on its back, the need for a homing instinct might seem a little redundant.<p>But for the first time, scientists have proven that snails have their own territories, and will try - albeit very slowly - to make their way back if moved elsewhere.<p>In a unique …

Nature

Parallel Worlds

The microbiology of Four Marks” Pond forms the basis of this workThese works explore the basis of the reality of the world that we see through our …

Science

New study shows that three quarters of deep-sea animals make their own light | Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Ever since explorer William Beebe descended into the depths in a metal sphere in the 1930s, marine biologists have been astounded by the number and …

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Link About It: Urine Converted to Electricity at Glastonbury Festival

Thanks to electro-active micro-organisms that feed on elements in urine and then produce electrons, bio-engineers at Bristol Robotics Lab have found a way to turn pee into electricity. A fuel cell pack developed by the scientists currently feeds on two liters of urine and, in turn, produces 30 to …

Glastonbury

Structure grown from "mushroom sausages" shows potential for zero-waste architecture

Brunel University student Aleksi Vesaluoma has developed a technique for using mushroom mycelium as an environmentally friendly construction material.<p>…

AA Design & Make students test the limits of timber in tensile woodland canopy

A sculptural, tensile timber canopy has been constructed in Dorset woodland by five students from the Architectural Association as part of the …

Construction

Elephant tracking collars will send alerts if shots are fired

There have been a host of technologies developed to help cut down on elephant poaching from GPS collars to drone surveillance that a help monitor …

Wildlife

Lion raises cub as single parent after its mother dies of stroke

A young lion has his a lot to thank his dad for this Father's Day, because he raised him after his mother died of a stroke.<p>Khari's mum Rachel was …

Father's Day

BehindBras: lingerie business dreamed up in jail aims to help women prisoners

After serving 12 months, Barbara Burton set up a social enterprise selling bras, with profits going into training to help female prisoners find jobs after release<p>On Barbara Burton’s first night in HMP Durham, she was given three sets of prison-issue underwear. It was plucked hastily from a shelf …

Prison

Scientists Track Bee Activity With Microphones

Webster University researchers believe this method could be a much more cost and time efficient method for monitoring bee activity

Bees

The Cephalo-Inspired Technology Of The Future

Cephalopods have an array of fascinating—and bizarre—features. Researchers have seen octopuses sprint across ocean floors on two arms; flamboyant …

The BacterioEncephalon: a quorum sensing-based bacterial computer

This is a living and wet computer thats basis is bacterial quorum sensing. This type bacterial cell-to-cell communication enables bacterial cells to …

Biology

Trump Administration Scraps New Protection For Endangered Whales, Sea Turtles

"[The] administration has declared war on whales, dolphins and turtles off the coast of California," one advocate said.<p>It hasn’t been a good week for America’s endangered species. The Trump administration has been taking aim at protections for some of the country’s most vulnerable creatures: Last …

Oceans

Environmental Investigation Agency

India: Don’t post tiger photos online, govt body urges Chennai: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Saturday cautioned all states …

Cities should be studied as evolutionary hotspots, says biologist

Animals and birds evolve more quickly in urban environments than in remote habitats, Cheltenham science festival is told<p>Foxes loitering around rubbish bins and pigeons roosting in train stations: urban animals are widely regarded as the dregs of the natural world.<p>However, according to biologist …

Birds

Colour-changing T-shirt alerts wearers to the effects of climate change

Design studios The Unseen and The Lost Explorer have come together to create a T-shirt that changes colour when it comes into contact with polluted …

Climate Change

Dancing for Their Lives

bioGraphic<p>To cultivate long-lasting pair bonds, red-crowned cranes perform an intricate—and stunningly graceful—pas de …

Animals

Stunning Underwater Photos Explore the Secret Life of Plankton

Ryo Minemizu's images capture in meticulous detail the startling beauty of the tiny living things that drift in our planet's oceans.

Oceans

Why whales are back in New York City

The Cetaceans are back in town.<p>It is a perfect June day. After seemingly weeks of rainy gray skies, an early morning shower has given way to sunshine. White, puffy cumulus clouds hang in the sky, still, as if doodled onto the blue background. Despite the fact that the waters along this stretch of …

New York City

Trending: Two New Textile Innovations Aim to Take Circular Fashion Towards the Mainstream

The launch of two new textile innovations continues to drive the apparel industry towards greater circularity.Austrian fiber producer and <b>Tencel</b> …

Sustainability

New poll reveals London’s city-dwellers love nature – but don’t get enough of it

Thursday 1st June 2017<p>30 Days Wild challenge from London Wildlife Trust helps people enjoy nature every day<p>A new poll of 226 people living in London …

Ecology

Bringing nature back to cities is good for plants, animals and humans

The North Saskatchewan River winds through the center of Edmonton, its waters and the surrounding landscape forming a green spine that spreads a …

Cities

How Do Flamingos Stay Stable On One Leg?

Flamingos’ signature pose is an enduring natural mystery. Scientists have proffered a number of theories about why the birds often stand on a single, …

Birds

New types of coffee, parsnips and roses among 1,700 plants discovered last year

From a new variety of Turkish parsnip to Madagascar coffee beans, the discoveries offer the prospect of better crops, medicinal uses and new garden displays<p>From new parsnips and herbs to begonias and roses, the world’s plant hunters discovered more than 1,700 new species last year, offering the …

Flowers

Making prosthetic limbs feel more natural

A new surgical technique devised by MIT researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the …

Robotics

Ecologist Special Report: The battle for the ‘mother of rivers'

Locals fish near the Tat Somphamit waterfall on the Mekong in Laos.<p><b>Image Credit:</b> Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom<p>More articles about<p>Related Articles<p>Mekong …

Environmentalism

Lights Out for the Texas Skyscraper That Caused Hundreds of Songbird Deaths

Last night the 32-story American National Insurance skyscraper in Galveston, Texas, elected not to turn its floodlights on for the first time in …

GCR - Innovation - How a blue Peruvian butterfly may help develop the perfect solar cell

How a blue Peruvian butterfly may help develop the perfect solar cell<p><b>19 May 2017 | By GCR Staff</b> 0 Comments<p>Research into why a Peruvian butterfly is …

Clean Energy

UK's rarest plants at risk of extinction as road verges become their final refuge

Some of the UK's rarest plants are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to look after the road verges that have become their final refuge, it has been warned.<p>Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road verges, with fen ragwort hanging on in just one native spot …

Gardening