Cardwell and surrounds

South of Cardwell is the Murray Falls National Park. With a moderate level of fitness you can take a 1.8 km return walk along Yalgay Ginja Bulumi — this road from our forefathers. A journey along this track is guided by the Girramay through the clever use of signage. At the entrance a warning is […]

Out of Africa? New bamboo genera, mountain gorillas, and the origins of China’s bamboos

Hidden away on mountains in the tropics where they provide food for gorillas, just as China’s bamboos provide food for the Giant Panda, are the only two species of African mountain bamboos.

Unscrambling the genetics of the chicken’s ‘blue’ egg

They are the latest foodie fashion and look set to become big business in the baking aisles of all the major supermarkets – the blue egg produced by some chickens is prettier and some say tastier and cleaner-breaking than the traditional brown one – and now, thanks to scientists from The University of Nottingham, we […]

Ancient cycads found to be pre-adapted to grow in groves

Cycads have large, heavy seeds with a fleshy outer coating that suggests they rely on large bodied fruit-eating animals to disperse their seeds. Yet there is little evidence that they are eaten and dispersed by today’s larger-bodied animals, such as emus or elephants. If these plants are adapted for dispersal by a set of animals […]

Sugar is toxic to mice in ‘safe’ doses

When mice ate a diet of 25 percent extra sugar – the mouse equivalent of a healthy human diet plus three cans of soda daily – females died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce, according to a toxicity test developed at the University of […]