Natural History Museum Lates: Party animals

Find out what it takes to party like an animal at this month’s Lates. Relax with food and drink, wander the Museum’s galleries after hours and delve deeper by booking an activity with experts. Events this month include: discovering the party tricks of the animal kingdom, working with a mixologist to take a closer look at intoxication in […]

Natural History Museum Lates: Seduction and Sexuality

Seduction and sexuality: what do you know about animal attraction and sexual identity in the natural world? This month’s Lates takes place in collaboration with Pride in London. Discover the secret sexuality of the natural world with talks, drop-in activities, comedy, science stations and a bar. Panel discussion: Basic Instincts When it comes to sex, […]

Britain-Nepal 200: celebrating Nepal’s success stories in biodiversity conservation

The rich biodiversity of Nepal is a tribute to its diverse climate, altitudinal variation and geography. In total 118 ecosystems have been identified, and the country is home to some of the world’s most remarkable plant and animal species. Over the past 40 years the government of Nepal has been at the forefront of conservation […]

Science Museum Lates: Sexuality

It’s that time of the month again and this time, it’s all about sex (baby)! Come and join the Science Museum in discovering why we fancy the people we do,  whether humans can be monogamous and how good you really are at drawing penises. What’s more this month I, Science are going to be there asking Whose Penis is it Anyway? Visit […]

What is the future for beavers in Britain?

Could beavers be successfully re-established in Britain and what affect would they have on local biodiversity? Beavers are ecosystem engineers which, by building dams and channels, create and maintain wetlands. Through these activities, beavers have the potential to increase local biodiversity, reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality. In Britain, beavers were hunted to extinction […]

Calendar: London Zoo Lates 2012

Zoo Lates London Zoo 6-10pm Fridays, June-July 2012, adults only Fancy a wild night out? Then London Zoo Lates could be for you! Tickets are still available for the very popular London Zoo Lates which returns this summer, following great success last year. Every Friday night in June and July, London Zoo is opening its doors […]

Pooh Sticks

Just a short post today. I came across this video of the strangest animal behaviour I’ve ever witnessed. The bear, named Claude, can be seen twisting and spinning a large stick with more precision and agility than your average sergeant major. Such complex tool use is rarely seen in the animal kingdom naturally, such as […]

Bird Brainiacs

Fact of the Day #2 Pigeons are smarter than most mathematicians. Well, they are if you look at one specific mathematical conundrum called the Monty Hall Problem. The name  comes from the host of an American quiz show, who, at the end of each show, offered a contestant the chance to win a prize. The prize […]

Dolphin Wisdom to be Revealed

According to a friend, people think we’ll be able to talk with dolphins within 5 years. After questioning his drinking habits (and a quick Google), it turns out he was right. Research has shown that once we get the basics of the ‘click click’ language of dolphin’s down, we’ll be able to hold full conversations […]

Not-so-happy feet

If a human stopped feeding their child for 5 months it would soon be a matter of national news and public outcry. However, it seems King Penguins don’t mind if their children go hungry, in fact, they leave them for months on end. New research from the University of Strasbourg has shown that King Penguin […]

The Descent of Giraffe

The birth of a new life, for most of us, is a wonderful thing. For the newborn, it is the first glimpse of our bright, brave new world. What adventures have we set in store? What beauty will we see? A multitude of possibilities are ahead. For a baby giraffe, however, birth must be an […]

Science Behind the Photo #28

This is odd behaviour for a southern tamandua anteater (tamandua tetradactyla).  They’re usually found in trees, not wandering open grassland.  In fact, tamanduas are so badly adapted for living on the ground, they have to walk on the outside of their feet to stop their claws piercing their palms. What’s more, being nocturnal, they’re usually […]

Natural mathematicians nonplussed by negative numbers from an early age

Ai is 35 years old and lives with her son, Ayumu. They both work together in a computer lab in Kyoto, Japan. Ai and Ayumu caused a riot in 2008 when they proved they could win at any standard (albeit math based) computer game. Using their faster-than-average ability to remember numbers in sequence they would […]

The Dance of the Starlings

This amazing video by Mark Rigler demonstrates the beautiful complexity that exists throughout the natural world. Like a Bach fugue, patterns emerge and fade, interweave, and are exquisitely modified to form an endless variety of beautiful structures. The end result seems too complicated, too ordered, too apparently designed to have appeared by chance. But, like […]