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Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption Artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds. The actual creature was probably no more than a millimetre in size Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans – along with a vast range of other species. They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old […]

Restoring native plants ‘boosts pollination’

Restoring native plants ‘boosts pollination’

Image copyright C. Kaiser-Bunbury Image caption Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago Removing invasive exotic plants from natural areas can act as a boost for wildlife, a study suggests. Bees, butterflies and birds returned to remote mountaintops in the Seychelles only six months after exotic plants were removed. Taking out exotic plants […]

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Image copyright Cambridge University Image caption Artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds. The actual creature was probably no more than a millimetre in size Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans – along with a vast range of other species. They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old […]

Restoring native plants ‘boosts pollination’

Restoring native plants ‘boosts pollination’

Image copyright C. Kaiser-Bunbury Image caption Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago Removing invasive exotic plants from natural areas can act as a boost for wildlife, a study suggests. Bees, butterflies and birds returned to remote mountaintops in the Seychelles only six months after exotic plants were removed. Taking out exotic plants […]

Seeds offer clue to domesticated plants’ larger size

Seeds offer clue to domesticated plants’ larger size

Image copyright S.Matesanz Image caption Studies have shown that domesticated species of crop (left) are larger than their wild relatives (right) The seeds of domesticated plants could offer clues as to why cultivated crops are larger than their wild cousins, researchers have suggested. Increased size is common among domesticated plants but the reason for increased […]

UK ‘need not fear electricity blackouts’ says ex-National Grid boss

UK ‘need not fear electricity blackouts’ says ex-National Grid boss

Image copyright Getty Images The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand – even on the coldest days when demand is highest, says Steve Holliday, the man who ran National Grid for a decade. He said news stories raising fears about blackouts should stop. His optimism is based on the government’s latest auction of […]

Seeds offer clue to domesticated plants’ larger size

Seeds offer clue to domesticated plants’ larger size

Image copyright S.Matesanz Image caption Studies have shown that domesticated species of crop (left) are larger than their wild relatives (right) The seeds of domesticated plants could offer clues as to why cultivated crops are larger than their wild cousins, researchers have suggested. Increased size is common among domesticated plants but the reason for increased […]

Researchers seek evidence on gardens and well-being

Researchers seek evidence on gardens and well-being

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Links between gardens and health are being investigated A project aims to investigate the social case for gardens and what impact they have on health and well-being. There is growing evidence for the environmental and health benefits of gardens and gardening. Access to green spaces has been linked to reduced […]

Amazon Reef: First images of new coral system

Amazon Reef: First images of new coral system

Image copyright Greenpeace Image caption The reef runs from French Guyana to the Brazilian state of Maranhao The first pictures of a huge coral reef system discovered in the Amazon last year have been released by environmental campaigners. The Amazon Reef is a 9,500 sq km (3,600 sq miles) system of corals, sponges and rhodoliths, […]

Australia’s ‘fairy possum’ faces uncertain future

Australia’s ‘fairy possum’ faces uncertain future

Image copyright Empics Image caption Logging, fire and climate change all pose threats to Leadbeater’s Possum A tiny possum, the faunal emblem of the state of Victoria in Australia, is rapidly heading towards extinction, say scientists. Researchers say the creature, nicknamed the fairy possum, is suffering under a combination of logging, fires and climate change. […]