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What happens to flowers and birds when we massacre mosquitoes with modern traps?

It’s only recently that people have thought that eradicating mosquitoes might be a bad thing, a mosquito researcher says.

Into the Subglacial Tunnel

A POST FROM THE SUB-GLACIAL BLOG: After a steep walk up the mountain, we arrived in front of the tunnel entrance. There we stood, in shorts and t-shirts, suddenly realising that the heat and sunshine we were used to until now were about to become only a distant memory.

Arrival at Svartisen

A POST FROM THE SUB GLACIAL BLOG: On the 17th of July, our advisor Miriam Jackson and the three of us (French students Perrine, Sophia and Juliette) made an excursion from their internship in glaciology at the NVE in Oslo to the Svartisen Subglacial Laboratory.

Solving the mystery of Serengeti’s vanishing wild dogs

Twenty-five years ago, African wild dogs disappeared from Serengeti National Park. A firestorm of debate followed when one researcher claimed that handling by scientists was the cause. New research refutes that claim and offers another explanation.

New report will assess how humans evaluate nature

The new intergovernmental assessment will try to understand how humans value nature and the impact of these views on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Birdsong is genetically coded

Nature or nurture? Until now, ornithologists assumed that birds passed on their unique songs predominantly via social learning. But a new Swedish study shows that genetics may be a bigger factor.

Buttock hair used to monitor Arctic musk ox

GREENLAND: Musk ox are a key species in the Arctic, but populations are in decline. A new method is helping scientists to monitor these animals in often difficult to reach, remote locations.

Electrons can jump between trees

A new study shows that electrons can jump long distances through wood, which means that timber can transfer a small amount of electric charge.

Half of Amazon Rainforests on the verge of extinction

Up to 57 per cent of all tree species in the Amazon Rainforest are on the verge of extinction, shows new research.

Large animals have removed 80 per cent of forests

Without large animals such as elephants, deer, and bison, much of the world would quickly return to forest, shows new research.