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Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ago.

Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ago.

Bursts of evolutionary activity that increased the number and variety of animals began...

Published on : Thu, 21/03/2019
Scientists suggest Earth's core contains silicon - the same material which formed the sun.  Credit: Rost/Getty Images

Scientists shed light on make-up of Earth’s core

Advanced laboratory techniques reveal that our planet’s metal centre – more than 1,800 miles below the surface – also contains silicon, an element commonly found in stony meteorites.  The...

Published on : Wed, 20/03/2019
Deep water coral reef faces growing threat from plastic pollution.  Credit J M Roberts

Marine pollution, including fragments of fishing equipment and tiny pieces of plastic, have been found inside animals living on Scotland’s only inshore deep-water coral reef.

Published on : Tue, 19/03/2019
Professor Pete Nienow, Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Pete Nienow is Elected to Become Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Nienow joins the prestigious current RSE Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public...

Published on : Sun, 03/03/2019
Scientists to investigate Earth's mantle and how obstacles such as subducted slabs affect volcanism

Scientists to investigate Earth's mantle and how obstacles such as subducted slabs affect volcanism

An interdisciplinary team led by Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow Dr Lara Kalnins has received funding from the Natural Environment...

Published on : Thu, 28/02/2019
Global climate change targets are unlikely to be met because of delays in changes to land use, Edinburgh researchers say.

Global climate change targets are unlikely to be met because of delays in changes to land use, Edinburgh researchers say.

Published on : Tue, 19/02/2019

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