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Caterpillar Cannibals

July 13th, 2017

The arms race between insects that eat plants and plants, has had millions of years to evolve some pretty amazing interactions. Not least the tomato plant that produces chemicals that make caterpillars turn cannibalistic. When the caterpillar eats another caterpillar, it’s not eating the tomato plant and it’s effectively reducing the number of...

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Dinosaurs of China

July 6th, 2017

Fossils from China are changing the image of dinosaurs. Rather than huge lizards, it seems that some dinosaurs might have more closely resembled massive chickens. Since the discovery of the transitional fossil Archeopteryx, a small dinosaur with broad wings, feathers and a long tail, we’ve known that birds and dinosaurs are close relatives. Now,...

Traffic in Jakarta, Indonesia, is amongst the worst in the world. With a population of over 30 million, drivers in the city experience an average of over 100 “stops and starts” per day. To mitigate against this constant gridlock, the Indonesian government implemented a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policy, where vehicles travelling on designated...

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Neonicotinoids Harm Bees

June 29th, 2017

The first large-scale, field studies looking at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees show largely negative effects. It’s been suspected for a number of years now, that the systemic, seed-coating, pesticides affect the survival and reproductive success of honeybees and wild bees. But testing this in the field, where other factors have...