Tag: biology

How does your postbox grow?

A retro red post box like ours in Wales has had to be decomissioned after health and safety concerns were raised by postal workers following a tree beside the post box growing to the point where it enveloped and partially

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The plight of drunken gulls

Many of you will know the feeling of a hangover: the nausia, headache, disorientation and a mouth that feels strangely rough and furry.  What you might not realise is that getting drunk, and in many cases very drunk, is not

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Reining in reindeer

For many of us, December brings reindeer to mind as the mythical steeds who draw Santa Claus’ archetypal sledge but most people know little more about these fascinating animals.  Happily we have many entertaining videos and guides exploring the secret

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Introducing… BIOSIS Previews

Finally in this week’s tour of popular online resources for finding academic journal articles that go beyond the Discovery Service, we take a look at the world’s most comprehensive reference database for life science research: BIOSIS Previews. Part of the Web

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Introducing… Bioline international

Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries with the goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap and improve the understanding of tropical medicine, infectious diseases,

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ECOTOX database

If you are looking into the impact of pollution and toxic chemicals released into the environment you should take a look at ECOTOX.  A fantastic resource locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife, ECOTOX is maintained by

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Introducing… Biomed Central

First up in our showcase of Biological Science databases this week is Biomed Central.  The largest open access publisher in the world, BioMed Central publishes over 290 peer-reviewed open access journals across the fields of biology, chemistry, clinical medicine and

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Scientist of the week: Carl von Linné

How biological species got their name Have you ever wondered how biological species got their names? How biologists can claim to know which of the many species of earthworm or which of the millions of bacteria they are actually looking

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Second seagull nest discovered!

As some of you might have already concluded from the sounds of chicks calling for food from two separate locations on our roof that we have had two pairs of breeding gulls raising broods on our Sedum roof this year, although we

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Not all urban gulls are after your chips

According to a recent study, urban gulls in St Ives were found to be foraging for food anywhere from farmland to the deep sea rather than loitering with intent outside chip shops and ice cream parlours waiting for tasty tidbits to

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