A new explanation for the dominance of generalists among tropical trees
In tropical rainforests, most young trees grow spatially independent from their parent trees. This means that it is not possible to predict where seedlings will take root, and less specialised species therefore ...
Carnabys favour roomier artificial homes
Scientists are investigating which type of tree hollows are best suited to endangered Carnaby's Cockatoos for breeding purposes, as part of a larger study into threats to the birds survival.
Microalgae – the factories of the future
Biology professor Ralf Kaldenhoff is making microalgae fit for industry. The microorganisms could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide and light.
James River eagle population continues its historic rise
Despite harsh weather conditions early in the breeding season, the bald eagle population along the James River continued to push forward in 2014.
Texas producers find new oil fields—olive groves
Texas has been known for its oil production for almost 150 years. Now, a new oil industry is sprouting in what may bring producers cash and consumers a local, edible choice—olive oil.
Scientists discover hazardous waste-eating bacteria
Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, say researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester. Although bacteria with waste-eating properties ...
City-dwelling bumblebees enjoy a cooling breeze with their summer sun
Approximately 30,000 people participated in the project this summer, resulting in just over 4,000 bumblebee data entries from all across the UK. They were asked to record bumblebee sightings on lavender plants as part of ...
In pursuit of unknown assassin bugs
Entomologist Christiane Weirauch is passionate about studying a group of bugs that have a formidable name: assassin bugs. A professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, she travels ...
Biologists try to dig endangered pupfish out of its hole
Scientists estimate that fewer than 100 Devils Hole pupfish remain in their Mojave Desert home, but a conservation biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, is giving important guidance in the ...
Tracing water channels in cell surface receptors
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of cell surface receptors in our cells, involved in signal transmission across the cell membrane. One of the biggest questions is how a signal recognized at the extracellular ...
Researchers identify novel virus that could cause respiratory disease in ball pythons
Researchers have identified a novel virus that could be the source of a severe, sometimes fatal respiratory disease that has been observed in captive ball pythons since the 1990s. The work is published this ...
Seychelles snail, thought extinct, found alive
A snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change has reappeared in the wild.
New baby orca spotted in Washington waters
Whale researchers are celebrating a newborn orca in the waters off San Juan Island in Washington state.
Team traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history
Depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts have helped scientists assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years. A new analysis of this record ...