Core Sciences

  • Book: The passenger pigeon

    How a bird that once numbered in billions became extinct.

    Some years back, after a fruitless day spent up to my waist in a chilly Scottish river, I was sipping a restorative m...

    Biology March 30, 2015
  • The secret signal in a peacock's tail

    Tail feathers used to emit an extremely low-pitched sound.

    The peacock’s shimmering blue and green tail plumage is one of the most dazzling sights in the animal kingdom – and t...

    Biology March 30, 2015
  • Bringing back extinct animals

    Scientists move step closer to bringing extinct animals back.

    Scientists have moved a step closer to bringing extinct animals back to life by inserting the DNA of a woolly mammoth...

    Biology March 27, 2015
  • 'Super-termite' bring wave of destruction

    Two of the world’s most destructive species of termites.

    Two of the world's most destructive species of termites have swarmed at the same time, creating a hybrid that scienti...

    Biology March 27, 2015
  • Newly found shape-shifting frog

    Tiny frog can change its skin texture from spiny to smooth.

    Scientists have discovered a tiny frog in the Andes in Ecuador change its skin texture from spiny to smooth in just m...

    Biology March 25, 2015
  • Increase of antibiotic use in livestock

    Increase in meat consumption means more antibiotics.

    Dramatic increases in meat consumption in developing giants such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China mean we stand li...

    Biology March 25, 2015
  • Dangers of online breast milk market

    Mothers warned for purchasing human breast milk on internet.

    The sale of human breast milk on the internet poses serious risks to infant health and needs urgent regulation, exper...

    Biology March 25, 2015
  • Time-lapse of seed drilling into the ground

    When in contact with water it drills itself into the ground.

    The seed of Erodium cicutarium (stork's bill or filaree), once in contact with water, will bore or drill itself into ...

    Biology March 24, 2015
  • Caffeinated flowers give bees a buzz

    The right amount of caffeine attracts more pollinators.

    Got a favourite local where they serve your coffee just how you like it? So do bees, new research shows. The insects ...

    Biology March 23, 2015
  • How the chameleon glows in technicolour

    Tiny crystals within their skin are responsible.

    Chameleons don’t change colour to blend in – they do it to show off. Their dazzling displays are intended to face dow...

    Biology March 23, 2015
  • Could bacteria be the next diet craze

    Bacteria that is metabolised into a hunger-suppressing fat.

    Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that is metabolised into a hunger-suppressing fat. The r...

    Biology March 23, 2015
  • Trying hard to remember makes it easier to forget

    Trying to remember something can make you forget other things.

    Simply trying to remember something can make you forget other things, researchers have found. The study, combined wo...

    Biology March 23, 2015
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