How repeatable is evolutionary history?
Writing about the weird soft-bodied fossils found in the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould noted that of 25 initial body plans exhibited by the fossils, all but four were quickly eliminated. ...
Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says
Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection.
For spider monkeys, social grooming comes with a cost
Social grooming, or helping others to stay clean and free of lice and other ecto-parasites, has long been associated with hygiene and good health in wild primates. In the process of picking out ecto-parasites, however, the ...
A new kind of light bulb traps insects that carry vector-borne diseases
How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it?
Light pollution shown to affect plant growth and food webs
Artificial night time light from sources such as street lamps affects the growth and flowering of plants and even the number of insects that depend on those plants for food, a study published today confirms.
More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology ...
Scientists reveal parchment's hidden stories (w/ Video)
Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing agricultural development across the centuries, according to new research completed at Trinity College Dublin and the University of ...
Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation
Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher.
How arbitrary is language?
Words in the English language are structured to help children learn according to research led by Lancaster University.