Looking sexy makes animals age faster
Monday, April 17, 2017

Telomeres – small sections of protective DNA found at the end of each chromosome – have been repeatedly linked to ageing. But their complex dynamics remain poorly understood, especially in wild populations. Publishing in the journal Ecology and Evolution, researchers in New York studied the lengt... .. read more..

Tibetans evolved to cope with UV
Monday, April 10, 2017

Tibetan populations have evolved at least nine specific genetic variants to help them survive the extreme conditions of the Tibetan Plateau. Living permanently at over 4,000 m above sea level, these populations have been coping for millennia with 40% less oxygen and 30% stronger UV radiation, as ... .. read more..

My #230 Papers Challenge
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

You might have heard of the #360papers challenge – to read one journal article a day for a whole year – you might be less familiar with the related #230 papers challenge. This makes the more realistic goal of reading one journal article each working day of the year, which is apparentl... .. read more..

Geological uplift creates mountain biodiversity hotspots
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mountains tend to have more species than valleys, and new research provides support for the theory that mountain formation itself might be responsible. Yaowu Ying and Richard Ree from The Field Museum in Chicago compared regional rates of plant colonisation and speciation in the Qinghai-Tibetan p... .. read more..

The first skeletons evolved repeatedly in chalky seas
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The first skeletons evolved multiple times independently because of unusually chalky seas, later becoming essential for survival even when chalk became scarce. Calcium-based skeletons appeared suddenly in the fossil record around 550 million years ago, fundamentally changing the global carbon cyc... .. read more..

Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016

24 Welcome to the final door of your 2016 Curious Meerkat advent calendar. My Favourite Scientific Discoveries 2016: Physics Scientists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, twice. A new Earth-like Planet, Proxima B, was discovered. Researchers discovered a new form of light. I wrote ab... .. read more..

Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016

23 Video: See the amazing cooperative behaviour of ants in this cool video of a fire ant floating bridge. Click here to view the video full-size The post Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 appeared first on Curious Meerkat . Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 was first posted on December 23, ... .. read more..

Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016

22 Fact: Earlier this year El Nino triggered a super bloom in one of the hottest places on Earth – Death Valley in California. The post Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 appeared first on Curious Meerkat . Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 was first posted on December 22, 2016 at 11:3... .. read more..

Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

21 Link: Zooniverse Citizen Science ProjectsEverything from analysing snow flakes to counting penguins The post Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 appeared first on Curious Meerkat . Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 was first posted on December 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm. ©2014 " Curious Meerkat "... .. read more..

Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

20 Video: From the Juno mission – Exploring Jupiters Magnetic FieldClick here to view the video full-size The post Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 appeared first on Curious Meerkat . Curious Meerkat Advent Calendar 2016 was first posted on December 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm. ©2014 " Curious ... .. read more..

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