James Urquhart

James Urquhart is a freelance science writer and documentary film maker based in Scotland.

James Urquhart is a freelance science writer and documentary film maker based in Scotland.

  • Cave art link to Australia’s first people

    Scientists uncover important stencils in Timor-Leste.

    Outlines of human hands painted in a Timor-Leste cave might be from the time of the last Ice Age, possibly offering i...

    March 31, 2020
  • Antibiotic resistance gene discovered in desert

    Its persistence raises concerns about treatment options.

    An antibiotic resistance gene from a clinical environment has found its way into soil bacteria in one of the most unl...

    March 9, 2020
  • Cockroaches: the earliest known cave-dwellers

    Researchers identify two new species from a mine in Myanmar.

    Cockroaches are the first and only creatures to be discovered living in caves before the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 ...

    February 25, 2020
  • Tadpole hatchlings suck bubbles to breathe

    High-speed camera catches them in the act.

    Although they have gills, most tadpoles need to breathe fresh air to survive and develop by breaching the surface of ...

    February 19, 2020
  • How a fish slobbered its way to dry land

    Mudskippers could hold the secret of how land-based animals learned to eat. By James Urquhart.

    The mudskipper, a walking fish that lives on tidal mudflats, keeps water in its mouth whenever it eats, and may provi...

    March 30, 2015
  • Flying on sunshine – a solar jet fuel

    Industrialised photosynthesis could revolutionise the way we power aircraft and cars.

    The “solar chemical reactor” uses sunlight to split water and carbon dioxide, producing carbon monoxide and hydrogen....

    May 26, 2014

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