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2008-08-12 12:05:00

Recent study suggests experience of old matriarchs may help herds survive in age of climate change A recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) suggests that old female elephants "” and perhaps their memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water "” may be the key to survival during the worst of times. In particular, experienced elephant matriarchs seem to give their family groups an edge in the struggle for...

2008-08-11 18:00:58

By HELEN RAE The management company which oversees healthcare in the region has moved to new premises. Health Reporter HELEN RAE takes a look at the NHS pioneers who the building and its rooms have been named after NHS North of Tyne has moved into its new headquarters at Newcastle Great Park. The management company oversees Newcastle Primary Care Trust (PCT), North Tyneside PCT and Northumberland Care Trust. The building has been named Bevan House in honour of Nye Bevan, the...

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2008-08-07 10:45:00

New study on hadrosaur bones shows fast growth, reproduction rates With long limbs and a soft body, the duck-billed hadrosaur had few defenses against predators such as tyrannosaurs. But new research on the bones of this plant-eating dinosaur suggests that it had at least one advantage: It grew to adulthood much faster than its predators, giving it superiority in size. In a study published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, scientists...

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2008-06-28 15:35:00

Researchers have developed surveillance technology that can identify thousands of near identical African Penguins and then monitor them over long periods of time. The system will boost our understanding of the animals and it could even help ecologists solve the mystery of how long penguins live, the team said. It could also be used to track other species, from cheetahs to sharks. The Royal Society's Summer Exhibition is currently displaying the groundbreaking technology. "Until now, if you...

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2008-06-03 15:40:00

The efforts of one British businessman to re-introduce wolves and bears into his estate in the Scottish Highlands is raising concerns from some farmers and neighboring landowners.Paul Lister, 49, the son of the founder of UK furniture retailer MFI, spent $31,630 buying a pair of moose in Sweden and flying them to Scotland. The moose, named Hulda and Hercules, currently roam Lister's 450-acre enclosure in the Alladale wilderness reserve alongside wild boar.Lister hopes to restore the...

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2008-03-20 00:20:00

One day last spring, fossil hunter and anatomy professor Kenneth Rose, Ph.D. was displaying the bones of a jackrabbit's foot as part of a seminar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine when something about the shape of the bones looked oddly familiar.That unanticipated eureka moment has led researchers at the school to the discovery of the oldest known record of rabbits. The fossil evidence in hand, found in west-central India, predates the oldest previously known rabbits by...

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2007-05-22 19:25:00

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Female sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without sperm from males, according to a new study of the asexual reproduction of a hammerhead in a U.S. zoo. The joint Northern Ireland-U.S. research, being published Wednesday in the Royal Society's peer-reviewed Biology Letter journal, analyzed the DNA of a shark born in 2001 in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. The shark was born in a tank with three potential mothers, none of whom had contact with a male...

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2006-09-20 15:40:00

LONDON - Britain's leading scientific academy has accused oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. of misleading the public about global warming and funding groups that undermine the scientific consensus on climate change. The Royal Society said Wednesday that it had written to Exxon asking it to halt support for groups that have "misrepresented the science of climate change." The Sept. 4 letter was sent to Esso U.K., Exxon's British arm, by the society's official spokesman, Bob Ward. The letter said...

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2006-05-04 11:20:00

LONDON -- Scientists urged industry on Thursday to disclose how it conducts safety tests for products containing nanoparticles. The Royal Society, an academy of leading scientists, said a new inventory shows that 200 consumer products such as laptops, cosmetics and stain-resistant clothing use nanotechnology. "We are calling for industry to put the methods they use to test the safety of products containing free nanoparticles, such as some cosmetics, into the public domain because this is one...

2006-05-04 10:20:43

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists urged industry on Thursday to disclose how it conducts safety tests for products containing nanoparticles. The Royal Society, an academy of leading scientists, said a new inventory showed that 200 consumer products such as laptops, cosmetics and stain-resistant clothing use nanotechnology. "We are calling for industry to put the methods they use to test the safety of products containing free nanoparticles, such as some cosmetics, into the public domain...


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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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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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