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Interdisciplinarity: Bring biologists into biomimetics

In the late 1940s, Swiss engineer George de Mestral was inspired to invent Velcro after picking burrs from the fur of his dog. Five decades later, Japanese engineer Eiji Nakatsu, who had a passion for bird watching, designed a high-speed train with an aerodynamic front shaped like a kingfisher's ...

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Citizen Science Effort Highlights How Little We Know About Invisible Life in Our Own Homes

In a new paper, scientists are announcing the discovery of thousands of unidentified species living in and around homes in the United States. The work relied on advanced technologies and scientific expertise from multiple disciplines, but none of it would have been possible without one critical ...

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New finds during a biodiversity research trip in Malaita jungles

Three students and one professor from the University of Kansas, USA, arrived in Honiara the first week of June and prepared for an adventure into the Solomon Island bush. The research team, led by Dr. Robert G. Moyle, came to the islands to conduct a biodiversity survey of Malaita.

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University of Alberta researchers lead global biodiversity study

Five University of Alberta researchers recently led a global project to identify a connection between grassland plant variety and productivity. One of the researchers, the University of Alberta’s Dr. Edward Bork, said if the goal of the project is confusing to some, the findings might make more ...

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Investing in science can be "the game changer" for development- experts

Investing up to 3.5 percent of a nation's gross domestic product (GDP) in science, technology and innovation can be "the game changer" for development, leading experts said on Thursday.

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The role of species competition in biodiversity

Over long spans, biodiversity is a fluid and shifting balance of species and influences. Species diversification occurs in response to a host of complex factors, both biotic and abiotic, and understanding them is a major challenge of evolutionary biology.

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Nature pitched as source of innovation in poor countries

Scientists in developing countries should look for inspiration in their unique environments instead of trying to replicate European and US methods, a meeting at the United Kingdom’s Royal Society has heard.

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Robots help solve mysteries of the oceans

THE Southern Ocean is one of the least studied aspects of the planet, but thanks to a shoal of bright yellow sea robots, local scientists are beginning to learn more about its complex interplay with the world’s climate.

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Choosy fish females may boost biodiversity

A new study offers insight into a process that could lead one species to diverge into two, researchers report in the American Naturalist. The study found that female killifish that avoid mating with males of a closely related species also are less likely to mate with males of their own species – ...

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Glasgow University uses thermal imaging to detect stress in birds

Scientists from Glasgow University are using thermal images of birds and a stuffed sparrowhawk on a pulley system to measure stress in the natural world. The sparrowhawk is sent down a length of clothes line, picking up speed as it approaches a busy woodland bird table.

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Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched on 29th January at the land-mark Water Lives symposium bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists.

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World Changing Technology Could Multiply Global Agriculture Output by Using Nitrogen From Air

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.

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Aerial, marine surveys of Maltese waters for Med-JellyRisk project

Maltese waters are being scientifically monitored by aerial and marine surveys conducted by conservation biologist Dr Adriana Vella from the Department of Biology, University of Malta. This survey work will contribute data to the Med-JellyRisk project, coordinated by Associate Professor Stefano ...

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Bridge Species Drive Tropical Engine of Biodiversity

Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear.

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