Category: Science

Crop rotation has never been more critical.

Crop rotation not only affects short-term profits, but long-term sustainability. An effective rotation can reduce weed and pest control and fertilizer costs; increase the amount of moisture that the soil will absorb; improve soil health and nutrient cycling; and boost the amount of residue that will be consumed by soil organisms.

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What happens when cat get stressed?

Around the world, millions of cats are housed in temporary rescue shelters. These are the world’s discarded, lost, abandoned or abused cats. Many are waiting for a new home, but they can be difficult to re-home. Most of these cats have been through very stressful situations, and they don’t make for cute, cuddly family pets. […]

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Dogs can bond like babies

Eye contact between a mother and her baby strengthens their attachment by activating the so-called ‘love hormone’ – oxytocin – in the mother’s brain. This drives emotional bonding between parent and offspring by encouraging both nurturing and interactive behaviours. Studies have shown that stroking or making eye contact with a dog can trigger a similar […]

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Hidden iguana on the Galpagos

The Galápagos Islands are something of a mecca for wildlife biologists and enthusiasts alike. The journey there is perhaps the closest thing those in the sciences have to a holy pilgrimage. While Charles Darwin’s theories about evolution and natural selection would take decades to fully form, it was on these islands that some of the […]

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THE 25 BIGGEST TURNING POINTS IN EARTH’S HISTORY

Our planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, and it has been a busy few eons. Here are the 25 biggest milestones in Earth’s history. From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the turning points that shaped our world. Birth of a planet, First organisms, Photosynthesis, Continents form, Breathable air, Complex […]

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How long will life survive on planet Earth?

All things must pass. That includes life on Earth, which will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have? The fossil record tells us that life on Earth has lasted at least 3.5 billion years. In that time it has survived being frozen, clobbered by rocks from space, mass poisoning, and even […]

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