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  1. News - World - NATURE

    Harlequin ladybird shows dangers of alien species as biological control

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by MCT

    ... with harsh chemical pesticides. It is a prime example of an environmentally friendly agricultural practice known as biological control. But one particular ladybird- the harlequin, or Harmonia ... The findings offer a cautionary tale for biological control. Vogel said: "You should think twice before you introduce an alien species into a new, even if it's for a good reason." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1246687/harlequin-ladybird-shows-dangers-alien-species-biological-control
  2. Lifestyle - Technology - TECHNOLOGY

    Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1240792/vipers-light-absorbing-black-scales-are-wonder-natures
  3. Lifestyle - Technology - EVOLUTION

    New study reverses theory of chameleons' origins

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris A new study of 174 species may end the debate regarding the reptile's origin Chameleons rafted from Africa to Madagascar Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published last week that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. The vast majority of the 195 chameleon species ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1203374/new-study-reverses-theory-chameleons-origins
  4. Unlocking patterns of nature

    Posted Oct 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... answered all the questions- we can never do that- but it is a first step in an entirely new direction.' The findings explain some basic principles in biology, which are crucial for developing ... done on a very basic form of bacteria. 'If you look at the biological structures of human beings, there are a lot of repeated structures like the number of our fingers. How can we tune ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/982642/unlocking-patterns-nature
  5. Placenta smoothie, anyone?

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Huang When Mina Bregman was having her third child, she had already decided she was going to eat the placenta after childbirth. It would not be the first time she had eaten her own afterbirth. Following her second pregnancy, the midwife dehydrate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1006958/placenta-smoothie-anyone
  6. Male spiders who give their all for sex

    Posted Feb 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... But new research by Li Daiqin of the National University of Singapore, published in the current issue of Biology Letters, found something equally astonishing: the genitals- a pair of structures ... university. 'Nevertheless, I quickly got interested in spiders- I was amazed by their biology. Now l love spiders and their behaviour.' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991783/male-spiders-who-give-their-all-sex
  7. News - World - NATURE

    Crazy ant invades the US South

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

    ... The southern United States is being invaded- again. This time it is erratic but troublesome "crazy ants" from South America marching- actually, hitching rides- setting up massive colonies and relieving other occupying ant armies, including fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1241339/crazy-ant-invades-us-south
  8. Shrimp injected with glue-like material

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alice Yan Ting.yan@scmp.com Tianjin authorities are conducting tests to identify a glue-like material apparently injected into frozen shrimps to increase their weight. Mainland media have been abuzz with the latest food-safety scandal for the past week, w ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992864/shrimp-injected-glue-material
  9. Games to stimulate apes still in case

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kanglei Wang kanglei.wang@scmp.com As Hong Kong's orang-utans spend their days swinging through a concrete enclosure that animal rights groups say is inadequate for their needs, a tablet computer that could enrich their lives lies sealed in a metal c ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/990806/games-stimulate-apes-still-case
  10. An extinct species is a resource forever lost

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Thomas Tang The decision by Ocean Park not to bring in a wild-caught beluga whale to stock its aquarium is to be applauded as a positive step for keeping animals in their natural habitats. Ecosystems are nature's means of preserving biodiversity. Tak ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978158/extinct-species-resource-forever-lost

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