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2011-02-02 21:53:09

Biologists from the UCLA Division of Life Sciences have reported the first quantitative evidence for an evolutionary link between habitat and body size in turtles and tortoises. The study, whose lead author is a high school student volunteer in the laboratory of UCLA evolutionary biologist Michael Alfaro, is currently available online in Biology Letters, a journal of the Royal Society. It will appear in a print edition later this year. Turtles and tortoises, also called chelonians,...

2011-01-28 13:02:10

Plants are attacked by a multitude of insects and mammals. As defense against these herbivores they developed complex defense mechanisms over the course of evolution: spines, thorns, leaf hairs and a number of toxic chemical substances. For decades it has been controversially discussed whether the production of defense traits incurs costs to the plants. Now, using a new method the ecologists and plant biologists of the University of Zrich together with their American colleagues demonstrate...

2010-12-22 13:25:00

The Royal Society said on Wednesday that a group of British children between the ages 8 and 10 published their school project in the scientific journal Biology Letters. The children from Blackawton primary school in the county of Devon investigated how bumblebees see colors and patterns using a series of experiments in a local churchyard. The 25 children joined with a scientist who lives in the area to publish their findings in Biology Letters, which is a peer-reviewed journal published by...

2010-12-01 05:45:00

Nearly 80 percent of Britons say cancer is the disease most in need of a vaccine, while close to half believe that life exists beyond Earth, according to the results of a poll released Tuesday by Britain's Royal Society. The survey also found that 53 percent of respondents would like science to find ways to extend the human lifespan, while 66 percent said that controlling and eradicating diseases should be a key priority for science. In terms of developing new vaccines "“ after cancer,...

2010-11-30 05:00:00

LONDON, November 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Are we alone in the universe? Can we save the lives of millions with new vaccines? How can we manage the increasing demands on our planet's resources? These questions and many of the other most challenging issues for the world today will be answered by the scientific advances described in the Royal Society's new report, Science sees further, launched today (30th November 2010) to celebrate its founding 350 years ago. Outgoing President of the...

2010-11-29 09:00:00

Current methods being used to combat global warming simply aren't working, according to a series of papers published by the UK-based scientific academy The Royal Society. In fact, according to Telegraph Environmental Correspondent Louise Gray, researchers from Oxford University, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and other prestigious academic institutions claim that global temperatures could rise by more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next 50 years....

2010-09-30 09:40:00

The UK's national academy of science, the Royal Society, has released a new guide covering the science of climate change--a guide that, according to the organization's website, was written "to summarize the evidence and to clarify the levels of confidence associated with the current scientific understanding of climate change." The report, entitled 'Climate Change: A Summary of the Science,' states that there is "strong evidence" that the increase of global temperatures over the past 50 years...

2010-09-21 21:40:49

Using digital evolution techniques that give scientists the ability to watch evolution in action, Michigan State University researchers have shed new light on what it is that makes species altruistic. Defined as the ability to sacrifice yourself for the sake of others, altruism has been a bit of a genetic mystery. Understanding why altruism evolves is one of the fundamental challenges in evolutionary theory. However, a paper published online in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society by...

2010-07-12 12:46:13

A controversial new study, commissioned by the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, will analyze how population growth will impact sustainable development and the economy, according to a statement release by the organization on Monday. "The Royal Society has decided that it is time for a comprehensive review of the science, looking at the extent to which population will be a significant variable in rates of progress towards sustainable economic and social development over the next thirty...

2010-05-27 09:26:32

Findings indicate how wildlife responds to environmental and ecological disasters For marine iguanas living in the Galapagos Islands, an El Niño can be deadly. Some die from starvation while others survive. Scientists have long believed that the difference between life and death for the iguana depended on the animals' ability to secrete the stress hormone corticosterone. Under stressful conditions, corticosterone functions like a spigot by controlling how the body expends...

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Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society
2012-05-01 10:12:50

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. Established in 1665, it is the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science. It has remained in continuous publication since its inception, making it the world’s longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word “philosophical” in the title derives from the phrase “natural philosophy,” which was the equivalent of what is now generically called...

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