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20 May 2015

Is there a link between gaming and neurological disorders?

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today links action video game playing with changes in how people use parts of their brain to solve problems.

13 May 2015

Is a man in red more dominant than a man in blue?

Biology Letters

A paper in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters finds that when it comes to perception it is men dressed in red who are thought of as being more dominant than those wearing blue.

06 May 2015

Scientists track the hip-hop revolution

Royal Society Open Science

Scientists have teamed up with Last.fm to analyse the evolution of pop music in America. By approaching the charts with a scientific eye (or ear!) the team have pinpointed the birth of disco, the hip-hop revolution and the lingering death of Jazz and Blues.

15 Apr 2015

Female chimps use spears to hunt

Royal Society Open Science

A study in Royal Society Open Science this week finds that female chimpanzees are more likely to hunt with tools than the males, who tend to rely more on their strength and size for catching prey.

08 Apr 2015

Is natural selection making Dutch people the tallest in the world?

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Dutch people are the tallest on Earth. A study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests that their height could be the result of natural selection favouring a towering stature.

01 Apr 2015

Are Neanderthal bone flutes the work of Ice Age hyenas?

Royal Society Open Science

A study in Royal Society Open Science says that so called ‘Neanderthal bone flutes’ are no more than the damaged bones of cave bear cubs left by scavengers during the Ice Age.

01 Apr 2015

Tiny wings fly for 2270 km non stop

Biology Letters

A study published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters today has tracked the blackpoll warbler as it makes a remarkable migration over the Atlantic. The tiny bird which weighs in at just 12g flies non-stop for 3 days in a migration which the scientists say is ‘one of the most amazing migratory feats on the planet’.

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 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.

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