Jul 20, 2014

Fruit colors evolved to please picky birds: study

Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black — a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colors, according to scientists. It has long been suspected that an abundance of red and black fleshy fruits in nature was ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...

Jul 17, 2014

Romanian princess admits running cockfighting ring in Oregon

A Romanian princess and her husband pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of running an illegal gambling operation over their involvement in a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, and her husband, John Walker, ...

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

Jul 16, 2014

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

A newly discovered dinosaur was built sort of like a biplane, but probably did not fly as well — if at all. Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of the strange dinosaur, which lived in China 125 million years ago. The creature was covered ...

Invasive giant African snails seized at L.A. airport

Jul 15, 2014

Invasive giant African snails seized at L.A. airport

U.S. customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said on Monday. Weighing nearly 2 pounds (0.9 ...

Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

Jul 12, 2014

Australia slams 'extremist' PETA for sheep abuse video

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers. Joyce said Australia “does not condone the mistreatment of animals” but added that the violence shown ...

Jul 10, 2014

New York museum sells adult sleepover under blue whale

Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover. The Aug. 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours ...