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How Bees are helping farmers live alongside elephants

The tiny bee defends an impoverished farmer against the advance of enormous and hungry elephants, providing honey that eases any residual bad feeling. A fable? No, this is the new reality for farmers living next to Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.

Happy Anniversary to ERC

Happy Birthday To You

This year sees the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council ( ERC ). The ERC funds scientific projects that enable Europe’s brightest minds to tackle the greatest research challenges. This is an amazing long-term funding route, that prioritises the most exciting science, even if it is risky.

Deadly spider’s spinning technique could inspire tougher materials

One of the most feared and venomous arachnids in the world, the American brown recluse spider has long been known for its signature necro-toxic venom, as well as its unusual silk. Now, a new Oxford University, collaborative study offers an explanation for how the spider is able to make its silk so strong.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-15-deadly-spider%E2%80%99s-spinning-technique-could-inspire-tougher-materials

The drone inspired by a dragonfly.

Meet Skeeter, the first of a generation of animal-inspired mini-vehicles that could revolutionise drone technology — and save lives.

Read the article : http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/interviews/drone-inspired-dragonfly

Some animals are more equal than others - to the media

Animal welfare issues receive varying levels of UK media attention, with some species being more widely reported than others, a new University of Oxford study has found.

Researchers from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection have published the first review of how wild animal welfare is reported in the UK media.

Read the article : http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-08-some-animals-are-more-equal-others-m...