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Rapid test to save lives of snakebite victims (05/12/2012)
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Changing Climate, Not Tourism, Seems to Be Driving Decline in Chinstrap-Penguin Populations (06/11/2012)
High-resolution satellite imagery aids in study... more

Research verifies a Neandertal's right-handedness, hinting at language capacity (02/11/2012)
Scratch marks on the teeth from the Neandertal skeleton Regourdou. More Information PLOS One Department of Anthropology LAWRENCE ? There are precious few Neandertal skeletons available to science.... more

Giant â??Daddy Longlegsâ?? Discovered in Laos (16/10/2012)
The sight of a daddy longlegs scurrying across your backyard can be unnervingâ??typically the spindly legs of these creatures, also called harvestmen, are an inch or two long.... more

New Snake Species' Name Is a Blatant Protest of Panamanian Mine (27/09/2012)
A new species of snail-eating snake discovered in Panama has been named , which literally translates to "No to the mine!" in Spanish. The snake hails from the remote Tabasará mountains, a region rich in biological and cultural diversity that is under imminent threat from mining companies.... more

First Giant Salamander Was a Hot Hunter (21/09/2012)
— Modern giant salamanders live only in water -- but their ancestors ventured out on land, say geoscientists at the University of Tübingen. Giant salamanders (cryptobranchidae) are amazing animals.... more

Teamwork in the Tropics: Pollinators and Frugivores Are Less Choosy at the Equator (14/09/2012)
— The bright crimson Andean Cock-of-the-rock eats the fruits of over 100 plant species and disperses their seeds. It is in good company, since other seed-dispersing birds and pollinating insects in the tropics are also -- contrary to prior doctrine -- less specialised on individual plant species tha... more

Palm Trees Coming to the Antarctic? Blame Climate Change (02/08/2012)
?Palm trees could grow in the Antarctic if climate change continues unabated, new research has shown?just as they did 55 million years ago,? reports The Independent.... more

Germans find evidence of Antarctic rainforest (02/08/2012)
The icy Antarctic coast was once a lush green subtropical rainforest, teeming with plants, trees and insects, a German scientist told The Local – after finding pollen from trees in ancient rock samples deep under freezing waters.... more

Tropical Climate In The Antarctic? (01/08/2012)
Image Caption: It is difficult to believe that 50 million years ago palm trees thrived on today?s icy coasts of Antarctica. Credit: Etienne Classen, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Palm trees once thrived on today?s icy coasts 52 million years ago Given the predicted rise in global temperatures ... more

Swiss Alps Have Influenced Europe's Climate Since the Miocene (12/07/2012)
Switzerland's highest peaks in the geologically young central Alps have been this high for quite some time, as a new study shows. 15 million years ago Europe's own mountain range was at least as high as today.... more

Trees, grass and carbon dioxide and the battle for dominance (27/06/2012)
A new study shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels favours trees over grass, suggesting that large regions of Africa's savannas may be forests by the end of this century... more

Complex Thinking Behind the Bow and Arrow (25/06/2012)
— University of Tübingen and South African researchers have revealed sophisticated design and technology developed by early humans. The bow and arrow have long been regarded as a possible indicator of culture in prehistoric times.... more

Wallflowers of the Earth System (04/06/2012)
— In cities, the presence of algae, lichens, and mosses is not considered desirable and they are often removed from roofs and walls. It is, however, totally unfair to consider these cryptogamic covers, as the flat growths are referred to in scientific terms, just a nuisance.... more

New frog species from Panama will turn your fingers yellow (28/05/2012)
New species of rain frog from Panama May 2012. A new bright yellow frog species has been found in the mountains of western Panama. The frog belongs to a species-rich group of frogs, the so called rainfrogs that lack a tadpole stage, but develop directly as little frogs inside the egg.... more

Yellow dyer rain frog: Turns your fingers yellow if you touch it (23/05/2012)
(EndPlay Staff Reports) - A newly discovered frog in Panama is bright yellow and dyes your fingers yellow if you touch it. The frog was discovered in 2010 in the mountains of western Panama by Andreas Hertz and colleagues, who are reptile and amphibian specialists at the Senckenberg Research Instit... more

Rhine Fossils Push River's Age Back 5 Million Years (23/05/2012)
Fossilized antlers, teeth and wood dug up near Europe's storied Rhine River indicate the waterway is 5 million years older than many scientists had thought, according to new research.... more

New ?Map of Life? project aims to show distribution of all plants, animals on planet (18/05/2012)
A research team involving Yale University and the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a first public demonstration version of its ?Map of Life,? an ambitious Web-based endeavor designed to show the distribution of all living plants and animals on the planet.... more

New Purple Crab Species Found in Philippines (23/04/2012)
The crabs' purple hue likely evolved thanks to female preference.... more

New purple crab species found in Philippines (21/04/2012)
Four new species of freshwater crab, bright purple in colour, have been discovered in the biologically diverse Philippines, according to a scientific paper.... more

Polar bears are 450,000 years older than we thought (20/04/2012)
Endangered predator may be particularly vulnerable to rapid climate change in Arctic, experts fear... more

DNA reveals polar bear's ancient origins (20/04/2012)
The polar bear is much older than previously thought, according to new genetic evidence.... more

Polar Bears Older Than Thought (19/04/2012)
DNA analysis shows the bears may have become their own species around 600,000 year ago.... more

Evolution: Vangas Beat Darwin?s Finches in Diversity (19/04/2012)
— The diversity of the Madagascan vangas is unique. The bird family only consists of 22 species, but these cover the whole range of body size of the passerines, the bird group vangas belong to (6,000 species).... more

Rare Purple Crab Species Identified in Threatened Palawan Biodiversity [PHOTOS] (19/04/2012)
A rare species of purple crabs called the Insulamon palawanense is among four new crab species recently discovered in a research programme on the island of Palawan.... more

4 new species of freshwater crab discovered in Palawan - The Philippine Star » News » Headlines (24/03/2012)
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Philippines - A group of scientists and researchers from two Germany-based institutes and students from universities in Manila has reportedly discovered last week four new species of the freshwater crab in this island province.... more

Wolves eating less than 1% of German livestock: study (20/03/2012)
] Despite the reappearance of wolves in Germany, local farmers should not worry about these creatures attacking and eating their livestock. Less than 1% of farm animals are on the wolves' menu, new research shows.... more

Wolf Snack (14/03/2012)
A scientific study of wolf poo in Germany has shattered the myth that they're sheep-stealing opportunists. An examination of more than 3,000 samples of wolf droppings in remote woodlands in Lausitz have revealed that 96 per cent of the beasts' food came from wild animals like deer, boar, and rabbits.... more

Standing Still in Running Water: Lotic Dragon and Damselfly Species Less Able to Adapt to Climate Change (05/03/2012)
— A study published online in Biology Letters throws light on the capability of individual dragonfly species to track climate change. The authors show that dragonfly species which breed in pools and ponds are better able to cope with climate change than species whose habitats are streams and rivers.... more

Map shows distribution of parasitic worms (07/02/2012)
Parasitologists have created a map that not everyone will want to see; a map of marine parasitic worms which cause gastrointestinal diseases.... more

Die moderne Seefahrt (27/01/2012)
+++ Die Vermessung der Meere +++ Navigation heute - an Bord eines Hochseefrachters +++ Zahlen und Fakter zu den Ozeanriesen +++ Umweltbelastung durch Schweröl +++... more

Where There's a Worm There's a Whale: First Distribution Model of Marine Parasites Provides Revealing Insights (26/01/2012)
— Each year around 20,000 people are infected by nematodes of the genus Anisakis and suffer from illnesses ranging from gastrointestinal diseases to serious allergic reactions as a result.... more

Flipped from Head to Toe: 100 Years of Continental Drift Theory (04/01/2012)
— Exactly 100 years ago, on 6 January 1912, Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift to the public for the first time. At a meeting of the Geological Association in Frankfurt's Senckenberg Museum, he revealed his thoughts on the supercontinent Pangaea, which broke apart and whose ind... more

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