Tag: biology

Tiny sea bird takes its tern in the spotlight

The Arctic tern, a tiny sea bird, has made the longest known annual migration, flying from the Farne Islands in Northumberland to the Weddell Sea in Antarctica and back, covering an astonishing distance of over 96,000 km (59,650 miles) each year. The

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Driverless car design is learning from dung beetles

Driverless vehicles could benefit from a study in Sweden that discovered how dung beetles navigate by remembering a snapshots of the starlit sky they observe from atop their balls of dung.  Click here to discover how.   Photo by GmanViz

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Penguin spotting for science

Computers are notoriously bad at recognising complex objects in photographs.  You are much better!  That is why scientists studying penguins using time-lapse photography are asking for people like you to identify penguins in photographs to help us better understand their

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Breakthrough of the Year

Science magazine has announced CRISPR, a new method in molecular genetics, as its breakthrough of the year for 2015.  They have produced a video outlining what the innovation is and why the innovation is so important.

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New book: Plant Physiology and Development

Plants have been in the news a lot over the last week with the appearance of Chelsea Flower Show on our TV screens. So it seems timely to announce the arrival of a new book to the library ‘Plant Physiology

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F1000Prime

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Phylo

Phylo looks like a fun, if slightly complicated puzzle game. It’s actually a framework for harnessing the computing power of mankind to solve a common problem — Multiple Sequence Alignments. So there! By playing it you’re helping scientists  infer shared

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Top 10 organisms

and carrying on with the Wired ‘top tens’ started last week: here are their top ten organisms for 2007: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/12/YE_10_organisms Presumably some could be combined to save space: super C02 absorbing lettuce?  insulin producing trees? cats with poison sensing rat

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