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Malcolm Peaker
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‘Go extinct' or 'Become extinct'
The week before last the pens of the retired admirals of Budleigh Salterton were spluttering their contents onto paper. The Times , in an obituary, had described H.M.S. Hood as a ‘battleship’. As every schoolboy knew, Hood , blown apart in that encounter wi...
‘Go extinct' or 'Become extinct'
‘Go extinct' or 'Become extinct'
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Ultraviolet Exposure of insects and Vitamin D Synthesis. An intriguing study from 1934 is answered in 2018
Earlier in the year I was looking up articles in old magazines when I my eye shot towards a tiny snippet at the foot of a page: VIOLET RAYS FOR MEALWORMS:— Reptile fanciers may be interested to learn that, according to a report in “The News Chronicle,” expe...
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Crimson Finch - a beautiful Australian bird
I couldn’t resist taking video of Crimson Finches while birdwatching along the edge of Lily Creek Lagoon in Kununnura, on the eastern edge of the Kimberley in Western Australia earlier this year. The Crimson Finch ( Neochmia phaeton ) occurs in tropical Aus...
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Genomic signatures of human commensalism in House Sparrows; but what about urban Tree Sparrows?
News media have been reporting the results of a paper published recently on the genome of the House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus )*. It is likely that commensal House Sparrows moved into Europe as agriculture spread. By comparing the genomes of a population ...
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Professor Harry Norman Green in a tragic aircraft accident in 1927, says Wikipedia. NO, it was a different Harry Norman Green, of the Royal Aircraft Establishment
In researching the story of Professor Harry Norman Green and his work on traumatic shock during the Second World War I came across an intriguing hit in a Google search of his name. The seemingly well-researched and referenced article on Wikipedia identified...
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Traumatic Shock: wartime research in Sheffield
Ear worms brought on by a catchy tune eventually wear off. By contrast, brain worms—questions, problems and ideas—can recur at intervals for years or decades. Why I should have remembered the one recounted here or why I have done nothing to find the answer ...
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My new Sony AX53 camcorder died. What did I do next?
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Camcorders: An unplanned change from Sony FDR-AX53 to Panasonic HC-VXF1
After using my Sony AX33 for several years in the wild, I was frustrated by the limited focal length compared with the later model, the AX53. After putting off a decision in the expectation that Sony would soon replace the AX53 (first on sale in 2016) I fin...
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Nelson Annandale and his eponymous turtle
In my previous article I referred to Nelson Annandale’s survey of the ponds at Port Canning in India. But I had heard of the chelonian named in his honour many decades ago. Thomas Nelson Annandale was an unlucky man. Not only did he die at the age of 47 but...
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Can the Common Asian Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus, live in saltwater?
In my previous post on tadpoles of this species I left the question of whether adult Common Asian Toads, Duttaphrynus melanostictus , can tolerate saltwater, and, if so, what strength of saltwater. Before trying to answer that question I should point out th...
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