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Some interesting titbits about wombats

Some interesting titbits about wombats

From ABC News…  Some interesting titbits about wombats How fast does a wombat really run? An investigation into the 40 kph phenomenon Did you ever hear the animal “fact” that a wombat could beat the world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt, in a footrace? Bolt’s world…

After 10 years of work, landmark study reveals new ‘tree of life’ for all birds living today

After 10 years of work, landmark study reveals new ‘tree of life’ for all birds living today

From The Conversation (2/4/24)…   After 10 years of work, landmark study reveals new ‘tree of life’ for all birds living today The largest-ever study of bird genomes has produced a remarkably clear picture of the bird family tree. Published in the journal Nature today, our…

Backyard birds quiz: From magpies to rosellas, bin chickens to crows, will you get the squawk of approval?

Backyard birds quiz: From magpies to rosellas, bin chickens to crows, will you get the squawk of approval?

From ABC News (19/3/24)…   Backyard birds quiz: From magpies to rosellas, bin chickens to crows, will you get the squawk of approval? How well do you know Australia’s backyard birds? Darryl Jones is an urban ecologist fascinated with the birds that live among us.…

Australian Native Plant Sale Saturday 27 April 2024 at the Briars

Australian Native Plant Sale Saturday 27 April 2024 at the Briars

The Australian Plants Society Mornington Peninsula district group is holding an Australian Native Plant Sale at The Briars on Saturday 27 April 2024 from 10am to 3.30pm.

Today’s farms are not your grandma’s backyard barn

Today’s farms are not your grandma’s backyard barn

From Vox (26/2/24), this article about factory farming is from the USA, but I guess has some relevance to Australia…   Today’s farms are not your grandma’s backyard barn In a few generations, factory farming — the set of economic, genetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical innovations…

Oldest-known wild platypus gives new insights into longevity of enigmatic Australian species

Oldest-known wild platypus gives new insights into longevity of enigmatic Australian species

From ABC News (14/2/24)… Oldest-known wild platypus gives new insights into longevity of enigmatic Australian species Gemma Snowball didn’t make too much of the tag on the platypus pulled from a Melbourne creek last autumn. Melbourne Water had been backing surveys of the city’s platypus…

How do I use air conditioning efficiently?

How do I use air conditioning efficiently?

From The Conversation (15/1/24), answers to something I’ve often wondered about…   How do I use air conditioning efficiently? Is it better to blast it briefly throughout the day, or just leave it on? Despite so many people having air conditioning at home now, many…

Prairie voles and the science of love and loss

Prairie voles and the science of love and loss

From Cosmos (13/1/24)…   Prairie voles and the science of love and loss A new study of a small native North American rodent – that might break your heart – has shown that the neurotransmitter dopamine plays a crucial role in in keeping the love…

Become a beach scientist this summer and help monitor changing coastlines

Become a beach scientist this summer and help monitor changing coastlines

From Cosmos (6/1/24)… Become a beach scientist this summer and help monitor changing coastlines When you arrive at your favourite beach these summer holidays, you may notice something different about the coast. With the triple-dip La Niña now making way for El Niño, our beaches have…