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16 Apr 2014

To beard or not to beard

Biology Letters

A study published in the journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters has found that when growing facial hair, men might like to inspect the stubble of their peers. The more people with beards, the less attractive they become.

13 Mar 2014

Chimpanzees show empathy to human strangers

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the chimpanzee, man’s closest relative, empathises with us, even when they don’t know us.

05 Mar 2014

The lost years of the loggerheads

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Scientists had little data on where sea turtles go when they swim out to sea after hatching. A study today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals that they spend most of their time at the surface of the sea soaking up the heat of the sun to help them grow.

26 Feb 2014

Mystery of marine mammal stranding solved

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

In a study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists explain the stranding of 40 marine mammals that washed up on the Chilean coast millions of years ago.

19 Feb 2014

Why did the bear cross the road?

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows how wildlife crossings of the Trans-Canada Highway have helped bears find mates on the other side of the road.

12 Feb 2014

Wet climate and transportation routes accelerate spread of human plague say researchers

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

In research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists show why climate change and globalisation could mean pandemics of infectious diseases spread more swiftly across the globe.

05 Feb 2014

Is social networking making us stupid?

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface scientists have found that whilst mass connectivity through social media and the internet makes us look smarter it might be making us stupider.

29 Jan 2014

A fertile future?

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals the possibility for a reversal of the twentieth-century decline in fertility.

22 Jan 2014

The sloth and the moth: A mutually beneficial relationship

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

In research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists have uncovered a mutually beneficial relationship between sloths, moths and algae which enables sloths to maintain their leaf-eating lifestyle.

15 Jan 2014

Miniature machine glides through air like a jellyfish through water

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Scientists have developed a flying machine that more closely resembles a swimming jellyfish than a bird or insect.

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