Thursday, 29 July 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/28/midges-tall-men-overweight-women). There is actually nothing magic about this as they reach tall men first when they dive bomb from the sky! Overweight persons (not perhaps restricted to women) tend to produce more of the cues (e.g. carbon dioxide and lactic acid) the insects favour.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1296366/Why-I-hate-squirrels.html). The alien Grey is, of course, an animal introduced from North America and is blamed for the decline of the native Red squirrel. They are also said to be much more damaging to UK forests than the 'natural' version of the rodent. It is legal to kill Grey squirrels (some people advocate eating them) but the individual convicted was taken to court by the RSPCA and obtained the ruling that drowning was 'cruel' (in comparison with poisoning, shooting or breaking the neck). This appears to be a 'grey area'.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10612240) that the Court of Appeal have unanimously (3 to 0) rejected the Welsh badger cull intended to reduce the spread of bovine TB in cattle herds is interesting. The judges found that the science did not support the view that the elimination of circa 1500 badgers in Pembrokeshire would reduce the incidence of TB in herds. The farmers, however, still seem convinced (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10626933) that the exercise would benefit them as "all the political parties in Wales, supported the cull". Could they have been after rural votes? This one will run and run.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
http://news.oneindia.in/2010/07/10/finals-psychic-paul-octopus-vs-mani-parrot.html). The 'infallable' octopus made his 'predictions' by choosing to seek a mussel in a box labelled with the flag of the winning team. One assumes the test (similar to tossing a coin) was done fairly (you could bias it by making the bait differ in size or attractiveness) but even so the success of the 'predictions' is certainly based on odds far better than those applying to people in lotteries. Paul predicts Spain in the final and Mani the parrot the Netherlands. One of them is bound to be right. A cunning way to get a bit of media attention?
Friday, 9 July 2010
There is a somewhat odd finding that highly toxic Pumpkin toadlets from Brazil apparently cannot hear their own mating calls ( https://w...
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A study ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/special-spit-is-the-secret-of-uniquely-sticky-frog-tongues-study-reveals ) has...
It is always sad to hear of problems occurring at places you have used for teaching and the outbreak of h5n8 avian influenza at Abbot...