Category Archives: News & General Interest

Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

From | November 30, 2015 No one was more surprised by Bruce Archibald’s discovery than Dr. Bruce Archibald when he discovered a flawlessly preserved 53-million-year-old species of giant horntail wood wasp. He found the wasp embedded in a rock he’d broken open while out searching for insects in the McAbee Fossil Beds, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Almost as frightening as the new species’ gigantic size, almost three inches (seven […]

Discovery of long-sought biological compass claimed

By David Cyranoski | November 16, 2015 Protein complex offers explanation for how animals sense Earth’s magnetic pull. In the cells of fruit flies, Chinese scientists say that they have found a biological compass needle: a rod-shaped complex of proteins that can align with Earth’s weak magnetic field. The biocompass — whose constituent proteins exist in related forms in other species, including humans — could explain a long-standing puzzle: how animals such as birds and insects sense magnetism. It […]

Earth’s magnetic fields headed towards switch: Rare event believed to have caused extinction of Neanderthal species

By Andre Mitchell | November 8, 2015 Do not be surprised if one day, compasses will point to the south by default instead of the north. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed that the Earth’s magnetic fields are headed towards a complete reversal—a rare event believed to have once caused the wiping out of the Neanderthal species. Principal investigator Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado made this announcement recently while discussing how […]

Farmers hold key to survival of threatened bird species, says RSPB 

By WMNPBowern | Ocober 29, 2015 Farmers hold the key to saving the Westcountry’s most threatened bird species, Britain’s biggest conservation charity said today. The RSPB said farmers had stepped in before to make special efforts to ensure the survival of at-risk birds – and they could do so again. The charity’s spokesman in the South West, Tony Whitehead, was responding to a report from the government into the state of farmland birds – and […]

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