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25 Mar 2015

An elephant never forgets the way to the watering hole

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B tracked the movement of elephants across the African savannah. The elephants chose the shortest distances towards watering holes, pin-pointing the location of valuable resources even when they were 50 km away. The results show that elephants have good spatial memories.

18 Mar 2015

Mercury pollution danger for arctic ivory gulls

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today says that mercury levels in arctic ivory gulls have risen almost 50 fold over the last 130 years. Scientists think this increase in mercury pollutants could be to blame for plummeting population figures.

11 Mar 2015

Turtles tracked as they expertly navigate the open ocean

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

In a paper published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B researchers have tracked turtles as they find their way across long distances of the featureless landscape in the North Atlantic Ocean.

04 Mar 2015

Is there a real life ‘Lynx effect’ in humans?

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

“Do humans have pheromones?” asks a review published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today. Professor Tristram Wyatt from the University of Oxford says that if we want to find out we need to start from scratch.

25 Feb 2015

Amazon swamps were home to seven crocodile species

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals that 13 million years ago the Amazon was swarming with crocodiles. Seven species lived side by side including two large bodied species which could grow up to 8 metres long.

04 Feb 2015

Do drones bother birds?

Biology Letters

A paper in Biology Letters is the first to start work on a set of ethical guidelines of how drones can be used to monitor wild animals.

28 Jan 2015

Starving honey bees lose self-control

Biology Letters

A study in the journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters has found that when they're starving honey bees lose their self-control and act impulsively, choosing small immediate rewards over waiting for larger rewards.

21 Jan 2015

Pumas in populated areas kill more and eat less

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Female pumas in areas with a high density of housing kill more deer but eat less of the carcasses than those in areas with little housing finds a study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

14 Jan 2015

Men are less promiscuous when women are scarce

Royal Society Open Science

A study in Royal Society Open Science this week finds that men are more promiscuous when there are many women and less promiscuous when women are scarce.

08 Jan 2015

Study links lifespan and solar activity

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A study of births in Norway reports that people born when the sun was at its least active lived longer than those born during a time when the sun was at its most active.

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