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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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Researcher's studies yield surprises about lichens, biodiversity

Since the time of Linnaeus and even before, biologists and naturalists have been keen to organize living things into distinct groups. Now the modern technology of rapid DNA sequencing has revolutionized that categorizing task, providing a window into the relationships among species about which l ...

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Understanding Biodiversity Patterns in Nature: It Takes Two Fields--Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

What do marbled and spotted salamanders in ponds in eastern North America have to teach us about biodiversity patterns elsewhere on Earth?

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Mammal family tree reconstructed

HUMANS may have descended from apes, but long before that there was a small, four-legged insect-eating critter, according to new research in the journal Science.

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Madagascar: New Facility to Boost Biodiversity Research

Antananarivo — A new teaching and research facility for biodiversity conservation has been set up close to the Madagascar rainforest at Ranomafana National Park, an area of huge natural diversity.

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Africa 'needs more nuanced science cooperation with Europe'

[DUBLIN] European science cooperation with Africa needs redefining, as it is failing to address wide-ranging needs and challenges experienced by African countries — and often ignores those countries most in need of support, a conference has heard.

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Botanic gardens join forces to restore ecosystems

[MEXICO CITY] A global research initiative aimed at restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems, the Ecological Restoration Alliance, was launched last month (23 May).

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Plant Protein Discovery Could Boost Bioeconomy

ScienceDaily (May 14, 2012) — Research groups from Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have uncovered the function of three plant proteins, a discovery that could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops, thereby benefitting the production of food, ...

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