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The camouflage games: Can you spot the bird?

So how long did it take you to spot the nightjar in the video on this page? For the predators trying to outsmart their concealed prey it's about not going hungry. But for the birds and the eggs that they are protecting it's ...

dateFeb 20, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Revealing bacterial chainmail structure

An international team of scientists has uncovered the structure of the protective protein coat which surrounds many bacteria like a miniature suit of armour. Their research, which is published today in Nature, has far ranging ...

dateJun 10, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Who's eating my eggs

Nature, as the great poet Tennyson reminded us, is a violent place, or "red in tooth and claw", as he put it. One of the mechanisms animals use to avoid a bloody end is camouflage – blending in with the background – to ...

dateOct 23, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Aphids are sentinels of climate change

Aphids are emerging as sentinels of climate change, researchers at BBSRC-supported Rothamsted Research have shown. One of the UK's most damaging aphids - the peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae) - has been found to be flying ...

dateAug 06, 2008 in Environment
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