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New Japan isle a chance to study how life takes root

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 05:50
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The new Nishinoshima at the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, only poked its head above the waves in November 2013.

Tokyo

A BRAND new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Researchers say bird waste will be the secret ingredient to kickstart Mother Nature's