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2009-03-04 10:15:37

From geckos and iguanas to Gila monsters and Komodo dragons, lizards are among the most common reptiles on Earth. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. One even pitches car insurance in TV ads. They seemingly can adapt to a variety of conditions, but are most abundant in the tropics. However, new research that builds on data collected more than three decades ago demonstrates that lizards living in tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean could be in...

2009-02-25 09:30:45

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ancient system of communication found in primitive bacteria, may also explain how plants and algae control the process of photosynthesis. Two-component signal transduction systems (TCSTs) have long been recognized as the main way in which bacteria coordinate their responses to changes in their environment. But recent research has shown that these "Ëœbacterial' two-component systems have also survived in plants...

2009-01-05 14:30:49

When there is a threat of disease during pregnancy, mothers produce less aggressive sons with more efficient immune systems, researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered. The study provides the first evidence for a transgenerational effect on immune response based on environmental cues "” with maternal perception of disease risk in the immediate environment potentially determining offspring disease resistance and social dominance. The results are published in Proceedings...

2008-11-19 15:19:53

The Royal Society journals have reported that the earliest turtles known to live in water have been discovered on a Scottish island. The reptile fossils, thought to be some 164 million years old, were found on a beach in southern Skye, off the UK's west coast. A team from London's Natural History Museum and University College London (UCL) uncovered them. Experts say the new species"”embedded in a block of rock at the bay of Cladach a'Ghlinne, on the Strathaird peninsula"”forms a...

2008-10-30 14:40:00

The UK's Royal Society is conducting an investigation to determine if ambitious engineering schemes could reduce the impact of global warming. "Geo-engineering" experiments, such as putting mirrors into space and iron filings in oceans, are being proposed and the society says they must be properly assessed - however fantastical. Climate scientists and engineers' groups will study a variety of these ideas and produce a report by the middle of next year. However, environmental groups are...

2008-10-24 09:35:00

For our ancestors, misjudging the physical strength of a would-be opponent might have resulted in painful "“"“ and potentially deadly "“"“ defeat. Now, a study conducted by a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found that a mechanism exists within the human brain that enables people to determine with uncanny accuracy the fighting ability of men around them by honing in on their upper body strength. What's more, that assessment can be...

2008-10-09 12:00:19

By KARL RITTER STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Two scientists who have won acclaim for research into the growth of cancer cells could be candidates for the Nobel Prize in medicine when the 2008 winners are presented Monday, kicking off six days of Nobel announcements. Australian-born U.S. citizen Elizabeth Blackburn and American Carol Greider have already won a series of medical honors for their enzyme research and experts say they could be among the front- runners for a Nobel. Only seven...

2008-09-28 00:00:24

A QUITE superb first edition copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales is available today at Morrab Book Fair in Penzance. Considering these are children's books, and probably handled by them, makes this even more impressive. Having 40 tipped-in colour plates by the incomparable Arthur Rackham, it is available at this delightful annual event for pounds450, and is almost 100 years old, as it was published in 1909. The irrepressible Jennings was the brainchild of Anthony Buckeridge, who died recently in...

2008-09-17 00:00:11

By Steve Connor The scientist who said creationism should be discussed in science lessons has left his job at the Royal Society. Professor Michael Reiss stepped down yesterday as the Royal Society's director of education following remarks he made last week at the British Association for the Advancement of Science suggesting that creationism should be included in science lessons. Robert Winston, the IVF pioneer, criticised the Royal Society for condemning someone who was only trying to...

2008-09-06 09:00:05

By FIONA MACLEOD EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT SCOTLAND'S great tradition of scientific study is continuing, with more teenagers choosing to study science subjects than anywhere else in the UK. The Royal Society's findings come amid fears that the nation is producing too few science graduates at the risk of the economy. Business leaders said the statistics were good news, but that still more pupils must choose sciences to ensure economic success. The research found more Scottish youngsters...

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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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