Darryl Fears

For Darryl Fears's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bats, snakes face deadly fungi threat

Sep 16, 2013

Bats, snakes face deadly fungi threat

Jeremy Coleman was on the trail of a ruthless serial killer recently, studying its behavior, patterns and moves at a Massachusetts lab. The more he saw, the more it confirmed a hunch. He had seen it all before. He was looking at a copycat ...

U.S. butterfly decline signals environment woes

Jul 6, 2013

U.S. butterfly decline signals environment woes

Butterflies are a favorite muse for poets and songwriters who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune. But the good fortune apparently only goes one way. As humans rip apart woods and meadows for housing developments with their chemicals-soaked ...

U.S. scientists wage war on stink bugs

May 29, 2013

U.S. scientists wage war on stink bugs

It was an absolutely false claim, but totally believable. Early this year, a few news organizations reported that the brown marmorated stink bug was at the top of an Agriculture Department most-unwanted list, the nation’s No. 1 invasive species of interest, the most-wanted fugitive ...

Ocean acidification supersizing blue crabs

Apr 9, 2013

Ocean acidification supersizing blue crabs

It is the dawn of the supercrab. Crabs are bulking up on carbon pollution that pours out of power plants, factories and vehicles and settles in the oceans, turning the tough crustaceans into even more fearsome predators. That presents a major problem for Chesapeake ...