China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Jul 3, 2014

Chilean devil ray ranks among ocean's deepest divers

A ray known for basking on the ocean surface has turned out to be one of the natural world’s deepest divers, able to forage at submarine-crushing depths, scientists say. Researchers attached data recorders to 15 Chilean devil rays (known as Mobula tarapacana in Latin) ...

Jul 3, 2014

Suspected mad cow disease discovered in Romanian beef

A case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Romanian beef, officials said Wednesday. Romania’s animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated that a cow slaughtered at an authorized abattoir was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

Jul 2, 2014

Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree last week. Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese said the 6-month-old cub apparently found the cookie jar Friday ...

Jul 2, 2014

'Slavery' driving apes to extinction

Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into “slavery” each year in a multimillion dollar illegal trade that is driving some of man’s closest relatives toward extinction, conservationists said Tuesday. “Organized criminal networks, involving corrupt government officials, threaten great apes with extinction by ...

Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

Jun 27, 2014

Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said Thursday. The new species of elephant shrew, given the ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Jun 27, 2014

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel — ...

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

Jun 26, 2014

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

The North American monarch butterfly uses the sun as well as the planet’s magnetic field as navigational tools for its remarkable long-distance migration, scientists say. The butterflies have long been known to use a type of solar compass in the brain. Yet they are ...