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trabecular bone

Bone Deep

Many diseases of the body are tied to changes in the structure and composition of the tissue, but often, such as with osteoporosis, the...
elephant

How the Elephant Uses its Trunk to Eat

A new study demonstrates the physics that elephants use to feed themselves the massive quantities of leaves, fruit and roots needed to sustain their...
Elephant Trunks

Elephant Trunks Form Joints to Pick up Small Objects; Research Could...

Understanding how elephants use their trunks to pick up small objects could lead to robots designed with flexible hands or grippers, according to a...
Carbon emissions

Carbon Emissions from Amazonian Forest Fires up to Four Times Worse...

Uncontrolled understorey wildfires in humid tropical forests during extreme droughts are a large and poorly quantified source of CO2 emissions Kieran WitheyCarbon losses caused by...
silicone coating

Competing with Barnacles – Anti-Adhesion Surfaces in the Sea

The development of surfaces with new, nature-inspired properties has received a lot of attention in science and industry in recent years. There is also a...
pesticides bees

The More Pesticides Bees Eat, the More They like Them

This study of bumblebee behaviour indicates that the risk of pesticide-contaminated food entering bee colonies may be higher than previously thought, which can have...
psychological disorders

Why War Is a Man’s Game

No sex differences in attitudes or abilities are needed to explain the near absence of women from the battlefield in ancient societies and throughout...
climate change

Climate Change to Overtake Land Use as Major Threat to Global...

Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles...
Brasilestes stardusti

Oldest Mammal in Brazil Lived in the Age of Dinosaurs

Brasilestes stardusti is the name given to the oldest known mammal found in Brazil. It lived in what is now the northwest of São Paulo...
Clever bees

Clever Bees Can Identify Different Flowers by Patterns of Scent

Flowers have lots of different patterns on their surfaces that help to guide bees and other pollinators towards the flower’s nectar, speeding up pollination.These...
diseased corals

UTA Researchers Shed Light on Immune Response in Diseased Corals

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have found a correlation between a strong immune response in diseased corals and a lower expression...
mantis shrimp eyes

Extreme Mobility of Mantis Shrimp Eyes

Mantis shrimp vision is extraordinary, both in terms of their colour vision and their ability to see the polarisation of light.Not only this, but...
amphibians

Deforestation Favors Action of Fungus That Is Decimating Amphibians

Researchers at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil are investigating how deforestation can affect the action of pathogens that cause diseases such as...
global warming

‘Limiting Global Warming to 1.5C Will Help Countries Avoid Climate Impacts...

A new study conducted by authors at the Oxford Martin School shows that there are significant economic benefits to realising the aims of the...
ecosystems

Fixing Damaged Ecosystems: How Much Does Restoration Help?

Across the globe, billions of dollars are spent annually on repairing ecosystems damaged by people. Forests denuded by logging. Rivers polluted by industry. Grasslands...
Cockroach-inspired robotvideo

Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is No Crash-Test Dummy

Some toddlers never seem to learn that if you run too fast you’ll bump your head.Skittering cockroaches bump their heads a lot too, but...
climate changevideo

Glacial Archaeology on the Roof of Norway

Town-dwellers needed mountain products such as antlers for artefact manufacture and probably also fursJames BarrettClimate change is one of the most important issues facing...
Gut instinct

Gut Instinct Makes Animals Appear Clever

The study, led by the University of Exeter, and co-authored by the University of Bristol, is published today in the journalProceedings of the Royal...
smart sensor

New Smart Sensor to Help Farmers Spot Lameness in Sheep

A new smart wearable device that can automatically detect lameness in sheep is being developed by veterinary researchers at the University of Nottingham and...
ear plug sensor

Prototype Ear Plug Sensor Could Improve Monitoring of Vital Signs

In previous pilot studies that involved trialling the device with 24 people, the researchers from Imperial College London have demonstrated the prototype’s potential for...