Biodiversity

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Mountain rescue for the pygmy possum

Monday, 14 October 2013

The marsupial’s future may be less threatened than scientists previously feared.

Female Hula painted frog (Discoglossus nigriventer).

‘Living fossil’ extinct frogs found alive

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a ‘living fossil’ after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel.

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Giants of the deep: the evolution of whales

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Since heading back into the ocean, cetaceans have evolved to gargantuan proportions. Sid Perkins investigates why whales became so huge.

Nural Cokcetin (right) with one of her PhD supervisors, microbiologist Shona Blair.

Sweet solution

Friday, 31 May 2013

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, along with our understanding of the importance of gut health, Nural Cokcetin looks at the potential of Australian honey to help.

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Moss frozen for 400 years grows again

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Plants entombed under ice in Canada’s far north for centuries have come back to life after exposure to air and sunlight, Canadian researchers have found.

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Geoducks

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

One of the longest-living animals, which is also the world’s biggest clam, could have important stories to tell about Earth’s climate history.

A species of Shrub frog from Vietnam, called Gracixalus quangi. Amphibians species are considered most at risk from climate change. Credit: Jodi J. L. Rowley

Warming to hit half of plants, a third of animals

Monday, 13 May 2013

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, according to a new climate study.

The central part of the autonomoues instrument deployed to measure the O2 dynamics of the sea-bed in the Mariana Trench at a depth of 11 km. Credit: Anni Glud

Active community at Earth’s deepest spot

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

An unexpectedly large and active community of single-cell organisms has been found living on the Pacific sea floor at the deepest site on Earth, scientists announced.

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Breakthrough in Australian hunt for devil vaccine

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A breakthrough discovery has been hailed by Australian scientists in the hunt for a vaccine against a savage facial tumour disease threatening the endangered Tasmanian devil with extinction.

Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

On a reef’s edge

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Like manic underwater gardens teeming with vibrant fish and corals in a kaleidoscope of colours, healthy coral reefs are among nature’s masterpieces. But, asks Amanda Burdon, how much longer can they survive?

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