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Dog Spies

Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?


We’ve all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice. Some dogs naturally come with this particular head-to-body ratio, but for others, it’s often man-made. Yes. Some dogs are overweight. Peter Sandøe, professor of bioethics at the University of [...]

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Dog Spies

Canine Science: A Trend You Can Easily Get Behind


Most trends I can’t get behind. Hammer pants should have stayed in the 1980s and 1990s and far away from 2014 (there, I said it). Sure, I love a good flash mob, but the more of ’em you do, the older they get. Finally, there’s a growing trend that is here to stay that I [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Extinct bees return to Britain — by way of New Zealand

As the world’s bee population continues to decline, a rare species of bumblebee that long-since went extinct in its native Britain may soon return to its native shores, thanks to the return of bees from New Zealand. Short-haired bumblebees (Bombus subterraneus) were introduced to New Zealand more than a century ago to pollinate crops of [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Bye-bye to Britain’s butterflies?

Butterfly populations in the United Kingdom have plunged to a 25-year low, threatening many species with extinction, according to the latest annual survey by the U.K. Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, a partnership between the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, Butterfly Conservation and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Two wet summers in a row, combined with habitat [...]

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Not bad science

A Second Day with Social Insects, and Some News on the Bumble Bee Introduced to the UK

The short-haired bumble bee, Bombus subterraneus

After a brilliant first day at the social insect conference held at Royal Holloway, University of London, the second day was also filled with interesting and stimulating talks. Many topics were covered, from foraging strategies in ants, to learning in bees, to cleaner fish and the human sense of unfairness (this was the ‘now for [...]

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Plugged In

“Consistent With Our Carbon Budgets”

Ed Davey. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

That’s how Ed Davey, the United Kingdom’s Energy and Climate Minister, is describing the climate impacts of natural gas from shale formations: This report shows that the continued use of gas is perfectly consistent with our carbon budgets over the next couple of decades. If shale gas production does reach significant levels we will need [...]

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