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British documentary maker Sir David Attenborough turned 90 this year. (Photo: Jeaneeem - CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)

Sir David Attenborough Celebrated With Newly Discovered Flatworm

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Jonas Van Boxel

A team of Czech, Belgian and Austrian researchers from Masaryk University and the University of Graz has discovered two new flatworm species in the waters of Africa’s Lake Tanganyika.

Foot path made from locally processed Scallop shells at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Scotland (Photo: James Morris, RBINS)

What Architects Can Learn From Shells

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Jonas Van Boxel

Shells are more than pretty collectables or what remains after a nice mussel meal.

African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from Oeiras, Portugal. (Photo: M. Flecks)

Climate Change Will Cause the African Clawed Frog to Spread in Europe

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Reinout Verbeke

The African clawed frog Xenopus Laevis will soon find itself more at ease in Europe due to climate change, according to an international study that included biologists of our Institute.

Pyrops condorinus, lanternfly from Cambodia observed by a citizen scientist (Photo: Gerard Chartier)

Facebook Users Help Inventorize Cambodian Lanternflies

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Reinout Verbeke

Fans of the ‘Natural Cambodia’ Facebook page have helped scientists with the documentation of seventeen lanternfly (Fulgoridae) species. These are colourful planthoppers from the tropics, some with a conspicuous process on the head.

The research vessel RV Belgica and Macrodontia batesi Lameere 1912 (photos: RBINS)

€1,848,000 Budget Increase

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The Secretary of State for Scientific Policy, Elke Sleurs, has provided an additional €1,848,000 for a major overhaul of the RV Belgica and the digitisation of our collections.

Keeping the RV Belgica Seaworthy


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