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risk of heart problems, older mothers

Men born from older mothers at risk of heart problems

Researchers have found that placenta changes could suggest that male offspring are more at risk of heart problems later on in life.
behaviour in galapagos finches, antipredator behaviour

Researchers find unusual behaviour in Galapagos finches

University of Cambridge researchers have found unusual behaviour in Galapagos finches, who are showing signs of fear despite losing their predators over ten years ago: Why?
ocean protection, highly protected marine areas

Time for a sea-change in ocean protection

Here, Louisa Casson from Greenpeace UK explains the ongoing need for significant ocean protection.
habitat loss in brazil, soy production

Soy production linked to habitat loss in Brazil

Researchers found that consumer markets for soy products have been linked to habitat loss in Brazil, suggesting a threat to biodiversity.
british butterflies, climate change

British butterflies and moths at risk from climate change

Scientists speak out on why climate change impacts the decline of British butterflies and moths, such as Silver-studded Blue and High Brown Fritillary butterflies.
understand brain function, elementary navigation

Turning left, right or going straight: Using elementary navigation decisions to understand brain function

Dr Stanley Heinze, Associate Professor at Lund University’s Department of Biology, underlines his work on neuroscience, notably using elementary navigation decisions to understand brain function.
peptide pathways, human evolution

A focus on biology: Peptide pathways to human evolution

Dr Sue Carter, Director, Emerita of The Kinsey Institute, argues that emotionally powerful social behaviours are built upon primal functions in her fascinating discussion on peptide pathways to human evolution.
aliens in the baltic, biofouling

Biofouling: Aliens in the Baltic Sea

Dominik Littfass, HELCOM Communication Secretary explains the biofouling – the attachment of living organisms to the hull of ships – one of the main vectors of invasions of aquatic ecosystems from alien or non-indigenous species.
safeguard crops, crops and forests

Systems approaches: Making pests run a gauntlet to safeguard crops and forests

Greg Rosenthal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service details the importance of multiple safeguards systems approaches - when it comes to making pests run a gauntlet to safeguard crops and forests.
bereavement leave

Should employees be allowed bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Most businesses wouldn't hesitate to give employees time off to mourn the death of a family member or close friend. But what happens if that loved one is a pet? Can they take bereavement leave? Kate Palmer, Director of Advisory, Peninsula Associates, discusses here.
protection of elephants

World Elephant Day: UK funding supports the protection of elephants

UK Government funding is successfully supporting the protection of elephants - helping local livelihoods, ecosystem function and global biodiversity.
mental health benefits, cat ownership

What are the mental health benefits of cat ownership?

Here, we take a journey into the scientific research behind mental health benefits of pet ownership, specifically, the opinion-dividing cat.
how cancer spread, canine cancer

Scientists identify sea as how cancer spread 6,000 years ago

Researchers found out how cancer spread around the world, between sea-faring dogs around 6,000 years ago in Asia.
survive without oxygen, embryonic living heart

Research shows hearts can survive without oxygen

University of Manchester and University of North Texas scientists identify that an embryonic living heart can be programmed to survive a low oxygen environment in later life.

New bill to see animal abusers jailed for up to 5 years

Michael Gove has announced a new bill to enable tougher prison sentences for the worst animal abusers which will be introduced to Parliament today.
marine conservation zones, blue belt

UK creates ‘Blue Belt’ of marine conservation zones

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today (31 May) created 41 new Marine Conservation Zones, marking an expansion to the UK's ‘Blue Belt’ that is twice the size of England.
fraudulent dog breeders

Millions raised by HMRC taskforce tackling fraudulent dog breeders

More than £5 million has been raised by a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taskforce tackling fraudulent dog breeders selling puppies on the black market.
save rare bees, billberry bumblebee

Caged flowers could save rare bees in the UK

A breakthrough project offering hope for one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees has been launched on the Peak District moors near Sheffield this month, with support from the National Lottery.
mindreading neurons, simulation neurons

Scientists find “mindreading” neurons in some brains

Scientists have identified special types of "mindreading" neurons that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions.
neurotrophin signalling

Complexity of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system

Momoko Takahashi, a Doctoral Student at Northwestern University, explains the complex research of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system in this report.

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