Researchers turn to museums to track down clues in mysterious amphibian declines
There's a crisis among the world's amphibians -- about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide ...
Ecologists use 70-year-old pressed plants to chart city's vanishing native flora
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, yet we know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity. In one the first studies of its kind, ecologists in Indianapolis, USA have used 70 year-old dried ...
BBC top 10 new species of decade includes stick-insect
A spectacular stick-insect, a rare specimen of which is looked after at the Natural History Museum, is in a top 10 new species of the decade list.
35,000 new species 'sitting in cupboards'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Of 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collections around the world, ...
Crews shifting work from fossil site to museum
(AP) -- Scientists say results from the first radiocarbon tests show that some of the Ice Age animal bones being excavated in western Colorado are at least 43,500 years old.
The evolution of orchids
New fossil plant discovery links Patagonia to New Guinea in a warmer past
Fossil plants are windows to the past, providing us with clues as to what our planet looked like millions of years ago. Not only do fossils tell us which species were present before human-recorded history, ...
Use of archived specimens in biomarker studies
Researchers propose a more efficient system using archived specimens for the evaluation of prognostic and predictive biomarkers in a new commentary published online October 8 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Vanderbilt Lung Cancer Trial for Never Smokers Goes Online
(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the enduring mysteries of lung cancer is why so many people who never smoked develop the disease. More than 219,000 patients are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States every ...
Darwin's collections 'cocooned' at London museum
London's Natural History Museum on Tuesday unveiled an eight-storey extension in the shape of a cocoon to house the collections of Charles Darwin.
Physician trust, early screening reduces disparities for prostate cancer
Men who have a regular, ongoing relationship with a health care provider are more likely to receive prostate cancer screening and less likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, regardless of their race, according ...
Museum specimens aid conservation effort in Madagascar
There is a new tool for those developing conservation strategies for threatened species and landscapes: museum specimens. Richard Pearson and Christopher Raxworthy of the American Museum of Natural History ...
New bird discovered after its extinction
After almost 120 years in the Natural History Museum collections, a new Colombian bird has been discovered, and proclaimed extinct.
Should breast tissue be screened for cancer after cosmetic surgery?
Young women undergoing cosmetic breast reduction surgery are being screened for cancer without their informed consent, according to a paper published on bmj.com today.