Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

Apr 30, 2016

Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

The world’s most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer. The collider suffered a “severe electrical perturbation” at 5:30 a.m. Friday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said in its ...

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

Apr 28, 2016

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill. California parks officials made the decision Wednesday after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot (12-meter) ...

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

Apr 27, 2016

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the ministry will ...

Onlookers marvel at size, stench of dead whale in California

Apr 27, 2016

Onlookers marvel at size, stench of dead whale in California

The massive, reeking carcass of a gray whale rotted Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot, luring dozens of gawkers while authorities decided whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks. Its enormous tongue was ...

Zoo animals to be evacuated from quake-hit Kumamoto

Apr 22, 2016

Zoo animals to be evacuated from quake-hit Kumamoto

Carnivores at a zoo in Kumamoto Prefecture, which has been hit hard by a series of powerful earthquakes since last week, are set to take shelter at zoos in nearby prefectures. Cages at Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens were damaged by the earthquakes, ...