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- 1. Successful disease elimination offers hope for amphibians
Scientists have reported one of the first big wins in the fight against an invasive fungal disease.
- 2. The rise of mammals
An asteroid strike put an end to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, making way for mammals to thrive - that much we know. But how exactly did our ancestors go about their march to dominance? Stephen Brusatte and Sarah Shelley introduce an unassuming fossil that holds some of the answers.
- 3. Amphibians under threat
Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders look like hardy creatures and anyone observing a pond full of frogspawn could be forgiven for thinking their future was secure. But several emerging diseases are attacking the world's amphibians, sometimes with devastating results. Trent Garner explains how we're starting to understand the extent of the threat.
- 4. The pull of charisma
It's not unusual to see polar bears and tigers fronting conservation campaigns and adverts, but worms and crustaceans? Not so common. Lydia Bach explains why some lesser-known species deserve more of the limelight.
- 5. Trout in hot water
Understanding the effects of climate change on ecosystems is a complex business. Eoin O'Gorman describes how trout living in geothermally-heated Icelandic streams are helping.
- 6. Ship noise puts fish in danger
Noise made by passing ships stops eels from using their survival instincts, say NERC-supported scientists investigating the effects of man-made noise on fish.
- 7. Taking the environment's pulse
Long-term observation of our ecosystems is critical for us to understand environmental change. Andy Sier looks back on the contribution of 20 years of observation and research by the Environmental Change Network.
- 8. Anti-depressants disrupt fish's brains
Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say scientists.
- 9. Animals we domesticated long ago pose disease risk
Animals we domesticated long ago, such as cats, dogs, pigs and cows, are those that have given us the most parasites, pathogens and other nasties, according to the latest study.
- 10. New water bear found in Antarctica
Scientists have announced the discovery of a tiny new animal in Antarctica's Victoria Land.
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