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By Melissa Sterry | Exploring the wonders of the natural world.

‘Ecological intensification’ swaps pesticides for biodiversity

Intensive agriculture aims to achieve the highest yield at the lowest cost possible. It’s a resource-heavy practice and can cause biodiversity loss, …

Agriculture

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

<b>Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study.</b><p>The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.<p>Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where …

Wildlife

Bug’s Life: the demise of insects

It’s not just the bees that are disappearing. Insects across the board are showing dramatic drops in population levels, leading to a serious knock-on …

Bees

Tell Congress: Protect Ocean Life from Dangerous Seismic Airgun Blasting

<b>BREAKING NEWS: Trump administration gets one step closer to approving seismic airgun blasting off East Coast, putting thousands of marine mammals at</b> …

Oceans

A Gathering of Giants

Whales

Eager beavers experts at recreating wildlife-rich wetlands, study reveals

Four re-introduced beavers in Scotland engineered a network of dams, canals and ponds that left the landscape ‘unrecognisable’ from the original drained pasture<p>The extraordinary ability of eager beavers to engineer degraded land into wildlife-rich wetlands has been revealed by a new study in …

Wildlife

The last survivors on Earth

The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, …

University of Oxford

How does an animal with no heart circulate oxygen?

THE phrase “prehistoric monster” might have been coined with sea spiders in mind. Though neither large (the biggest are hand-sized) nor threatening …

Biology

Is this Gulf of Mexico tubeworm the longest living animal in the world? Escarpia laminata tubeworm can live for at least 300 years

Escarpia laminata tubeworm can live for at least 300 years<p>Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest …

Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock

<b>A microscopic sea animal has been found to have a "genetic clock" which produces a specific 24-hour rhythm regulating its behaviour.</b><p><i>Calanus finmarchicus</i> rise from the deep at night to feed on single-celled algae, before sinking again at dawn.<p>A study of <i>Calanus finmarchicus</i> found in Argyll's Loch …

Biology

Cunning ravens can plan ahead, study shows

The ability to consciously plan for the future has long been thought to be uniquely human. Now, new research from Sweden has found ravens can also …

Birds

Massive database of 182,000 leaves is helping predict plants' family trees

The technique could be used on everything from flowers to cells to examine the factors that influence the shapes of plant parts.<p>The story of a plant …

Machine Learning

Why Are There So Many More Species on Land When the Sea Is Bigger?

Most of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Life began there. But marine life accounts for only 15 percent of the world’s species.<p>Half a billion years ago on Earth, after the Cambrian explosion had created an astonishing array of new species, there was still no life on land. No complex life anyway. No …

Plants

Vaquita porpoise: Dolphins deployed to save rare species

<b>Mexico's government says it plans to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to try to save the world's most endangered marine species, the vaquita porpoise.</b><p>Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said that the dolphins would be deployed to locate and herd vaquitas into a marine refuge.<p>Mexico also …

Biological Species

Get the Glow: The Secret to Deep-Water Corals' Radiance

Researchers have pinpointed the reason that deep-water corals emit an erie glow. Scientists know that in shallow waters, the organisms light up …

Biology

Bloomin’ Algae: a citizen science app to track algal blooms

The Bloomin’ Algae app’s algae ID guide. Image: CEHBlooms of blue-green algae can occur through the summer and early autumn in UK lakes and slow …

Oceans

slow motion video reveals an unprecedented look at hummingbirds’ lives

anand varma has used a camera capable of capturing 3,000 frames per second to freeze in time the bird’s activities.The post slow motion video reveals …

Earth's sixth mass extinction event already happening, study finds

The world is experiencing a “biological annihilation” of its animal species because of humans' effect on the Earth, a new study has found.<p>Researchers …

Extinction

How Environment Influences Animal Intelligence

Depending on the characteristics of the environment it lives in, an animal species may develop a wide range of physical adaptations to help it …

The Brain

Non-model model organisms

Abstract<p>Model organisms are widely used in research as accessible and convenient systems to study a particular area or question in biology. …

Using bees to deter crop-raiding elephants

Throughout the period we have been funding this work we have seen this project grow and expand, creating tangible conservation impacts that benefit …

Wildlife

Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans

THE symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature is a giant panda. The panda’s black-and-white pelage certainly makes for a striking logo. But, though …

Wildlife

New Study Reveals Illegal Wildlife Trade Now Exists on Darknet

• Monday, June 19, 2017<br>• Nairobi<p>New research by INTERPOL has found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife …

Wildlife

Dogs Notice When People (or Other Dogs) Sound Sad - Inkfish

By Elizabeth Preston | June 27, 2017 2:11 pm<p>Your dog may act like a good listener—but does she really notice when you’re feeling down? Or does she …

Dogs

In the Darkness, Thousands of Tiny Creatures Thrive

Photographer Ryo Minemizu illuminates ocean waters to reveal the secret underwater world of plankton.<p>Enter the ocean and you are likely to be swimming among thousands of tiny creatures —larvae of fish, octopus, sea urchins, crustaceans—newly hatched and on their way to maturing into adults. Along …

Oceans

The blue wings of this dragonfly may be surprisingly alive

An adult insect wing is basically dead.<p>So what in the world were tiny respiratory channels doing in a wing membrane of a morpho dragonfly?<p>Rhainer …

Insects

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

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 …

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 …