Archive for January 12th, 2017:

Primate tool-use: Chimpanzees make drinking sticks

Media captionCritically endangered chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast craft extra-absorbent drinking sticks, remote cameras reveal. Researchers have used camera traps to film tool-use that is unique to chimpanzees in Ivory Coast. The footage revealed that the clever primates habitually make special water-dipping sticks – chewing the end of the stick to turn it into a

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Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review

Image copyright TLP Image caption The project would see energy produced for 14 out of every 24 hours, according to TLP Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review. Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s

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Whale menopause mystery solved

A 40-year study of a population of killer whales off the US Pacific coast has helped British researchers to solve an evolutionary mystery – why killer whales and humans are two of only three species that go through what we call menopause – stopping reproduction part-way through their lives. By examining a record of every

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