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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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2 GEE authors on long list for Royal Society Prize for Science Books

16 June 2010

Subject: Royal Society Prize for Science Books Longlist Announced

Royal Society Prize for Science Books Longlist Announced
Winner to be announced: 21ST October 2010

The longlist for this year's Royal Society Prize for Science Books - the
world's most prestigious award for science writing - has been announced,
today (Wednesday 16th June 2010).  The judges selected a longlist of twelve
books:

We Need To Talk About Kelvin by Marcus Chown (Faber and Faber)
The judges said: "We found ourselves applying ideas from this book to the
world around us, turning suppositions on their heads and understanding
complicated scientific concepts far more easily than we expected.

Why Does E=mc2? By Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (Da Capo Press, Perseus Books
Group)
The judges said: "It's the most famous equation that exists but few people
actually know what it means.  This book could change that - it's beautifully
written and not afraid to tackle really challenging physics."

Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne (Oxford University Press)
The judges said: "There are lots of books on Darwin and evolution, but this
is a marvellous entry point - really engaging with wonderful historical
anecdotes."

In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin (Allen Lane, Penguin Press)
The judges said: "This is a book that aims to tackle difficult, complex
questions in physics and succeeds, managing to both explain things and leave
us pondering the subject for days afterwards."

Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity
and Logic by Frederick Grinnell (Oxford University Press)
The judges said: "Don't be put off by the cover, this is the most accessible
and comprehensible book on how science is done that we've ever come across -
indispensible to anyone who wants to understand the science behind the
headlines."

God's Philosophers: How the medieval world laid the foundations of modern
science by James Hannam (Icon Books)
The judges said: "This book is a revelation, contradicting the popular idea
of the Middle Ages as the "dark" ages, mapping key progressions during an
era none of us associate with scientific advances and celebrating the lesser
known mathematicians, "philosophers" and anatomists on whose shoulders
modern science stands.

Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen (Bloomsbury)
The judges said: "This book, from a key figure in climate science offers
first hand insight into the politics and vested interest that surrounds the
debate. An excellent, authoritative and important history of climate change
research, written in an engaging way."

Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones
(Little, Brown)
The judges said: "Many books on Darwin focus on the Galapagos as if Darwin
came home and that was it. This book redresses the balance, delving into
ideas Darwin developed from his studies of the English countryside that
surrounded him."

Life Ascending by Nick Lane (Profile Books)
The judges said: "This book is a well thought out exploration of the
building blocks of biological science - straightforward and convincing."

The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western
World by Iain McGilchrist (Yale University Press)
The judges said: "McGilchrist welcomes you straight into his world, without
making too many presumptions about what you already know, presenting
beautiful ideas in an eminently readable and engrossing manner."

Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell (Oxford University Press)
The judges said: "This book does a great job of connecting different fields
to provide an accessible, interdisciplinary introduction to the complicated
subject of complexity."

A World Without Ice by Henry Pollack (Avery Books, Penguin Group)
The judges said: "This book gives a clear historical picture of the
relationship between ice and climate . A very accessible and powerful
perspective on climate change.


Maggie Philbin, Chair of the judges, said: "There were some fascinating
books in this year's entries, all of which explore science in very different
ways.  Narrowing it down to just twelve was very challenging and left us
with a wonderful, diverse longlist that we're all looking forward to really
getting our teeth into.

This year's longlist includes eight authors who are new to the prize, three
who have been previously shortlisted and one previous winner (Steve Jones,
who won in 1994).

The judges on the judging panel are: Maggie Philbin, Radio and television
presenter (Chair); Professor Tim Birkhead, Fellow of the Royal Society;
Tracy Chevalier, author; Robin Ince, stand-up comedian, writer and actor; Dr
Janet Anders, Royal Society University Research Fellow.

The shortlist will be announced on 24th August 2010. The winner will be
announced at a ceremony at the Royal Society on 21st October 2010 and
awarded £10,000. The authors of each shortlisted book will receive £1000.

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