How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax

22 Jul 2016

By following honeyguides, a species of bird, people in Africa are able to locate bees’ nests to harvest honey.  Research now reveals that humans use special calls to solicit the help of honeyguides and that honeyguides actively recruit appropriate human partners. This relationship is a rare example of cooperation between humans and free-living animals.

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Nan Shepherd celebrated: the Scottish writer who knew mountains

04 May 2016

The writer Nan Shepherd (1893-1981), who was quietly acclaimed in her lifetime, is the face of a new Royal Bank of Scotland bank note. One of Shepherd’s staunchest supporters is Robert Macfarlane (Faculty of English), who wrote the introduction to her book about the Cairngorms.

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Shedding light on forests

21 May 2013

By using advanced imaging technology, scientists are able to map on an unprecedentedly large scale – and in remarkably accurate detail - what is happening to these precious resources worldwide. 

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Professor Oliver Rackham leads a visit to Hayley Wood, August 2012

Hearts of oak

31 Aug 2012

Throughout his distinguished career as an ecologist Professor Oliver Rackham has been studying the delicate balance of habitats and species in Hayley Wood which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as protected ancient woodland.

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Dr Robert Macfarlane

Life extinguished, life rekindled

27 Jan 2012

This year’s Darwin Lectures address the theme of life. Tonight’s speaker, Cambridge academic Dr Robert Macfarlane, will discuss “Life in Ruins” in art and literature. He will begin with a thought experiment, described below, and go on to explore the roles that ruins play in our hopes and fears.

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Vegetables in whole food market.

The future of food: your chance to ask the experts

04 Jul 2011

How can we feed the world’s expanding population? Should we be using GM technologies more to boost the yield of our crops? How will global warming affect our food resources? If this type of question has ever occurred to you, now is your chance to get some answers, from leading experts in the field.

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South Pond Pavilion at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Sustainability revolution

17 Dec 2010

A sustainability revolution could follow the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions, according to speakers at a discussion hosted by These Young Minds.

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