Platypus on brink of extinction

New research calls for national action to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs.

Scientists uncover how an explosion of new genes explain the origin of land plants

Scientists have made a significant discovery about the genetic origins of how plants evolved from living in water to land 470 million years ago.

Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis

Scientists know that a particular protein is responsible for regulating gene expression of photosystems in response to perturbations in photosynthetic electron flow, but how...

Sri Lankan farmers have an ingenious way to deter wild elephants

It involves planting another surprising crop.

Australia drops food to hungry wallabies

Thousands of kilos of vegetables will hopefully prevent starvation in burned-out regions.

American meat will never be welcome in the UK

The environment minister stated that post-Brexit trade deals will not allow chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-treated beef.

Research identifies possible on/off switch for plant growth

New research identifies a protein that controls plant growth -- good news for an era in which crops can get crushed by climate change....

Predicting non-native invasions in Antarctica

A new study identifies the non-native species most likely to invade the Antarctic Peninsula region over the next decade. It provides a baseline for...

Novel avian species: 10 new bird taxa in islands of Wallacea

A research team found five bird species and five subspecies new to science in three small island groups off Sulawesi, Indonesia. The islands are...

Moths’ flight data helps drones navigate complex environments

The flight navigation strategy of moths can be used to develop programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments, report researchers.

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