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The 2011 Japan tsunami, which killed up to 20,000 people and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, was made worse by an underwater landslide, according to scientists.
Burying beetles that have been in contests for food and resources previously will spend more time assessing their opponent but this cautious behaviour doesn't mean they're more likely to win, say scientists.
Grazing herbivores play a major role in maintaining savannah landscapes, say scientists.
A new study has provided the first comprehensive insight into how snake venom evolved into the sophisticated cocktail of different proteins it is today.
Urban breeding birds appeared to cope better with the UK's cold, wet spring of 2012 than those living in woodland.
Three satellites, each the size of a small car, will take off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia on Friday.
The research, published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, is the first to examine the impact on calves of losing their mothers, something that can happen during a culling season.
When tropical forests are cleared, they can take a century or more to re-absorb the carbon they once held, according to a new study. But their biodiversity is even slower to recover, and some species may never return.
Green roofs could become a future source of water pollution, says a new study.
Cocoa farmers in West Africa are using bushmeat as a back-up source of food and income in times of hardship, according to new research.