Archive for October 6th, 2016:

Eel migration study tells ‘romantic’ tale

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The European eel is classed as critically endangered Scientists are a step closer to solving the mystery of one of the great animal migrations. Each autumn, eels leave European rivers to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to breed for a single time, then die. Tagging studies show that the fish

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The heady promise of tiny machines

Image copyright University of Groningen Image caption Innovations have included this nano car, produced by Bernard Feringa’s team The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded for the design and synthesis of the world’s smallest machines. The work has overtones of science fiction, but holds huge promise in fields as diverse as medicine, materials

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Toad numbers fall by two-thirds in 30 years

Image copyright Froglife Image caption Toads are important pest controllers, eating slugs, snails and insects The common toad is in decline across much of the UK and needs better protection, say conservationists. Data from toad patrols – volunteers who move toads across busy roads – shows the toad population has fallen by more than two-thirds

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