Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Sep 22, 2016

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species. One of several wild bee species ...

Sep 20, 2016

2,000-year-old Greek shipwreck bones, depth gauge excite scientists

Archaeologists excavating one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity said Monday that they have found a 2,000-year-old depth measuring device, and human bones that could help build an ancient mariner’s genetic profile. The 1st century B.C. wreck of a large freighter discovered off the ...

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Sep 16, 2016

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Researchers have identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of when it is safe to go outside after a storm passes. A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a lightning bolt ...

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Sep 16, 2016

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Creating the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of ...

Sep 15, 2016

Obama to declare new marine reserve at Oceans summit

U.S. President Barack Obama was to announce the creation of a new marine reserve on Thursday as Washington hosted a major world summit on protecting the planet’s oceans. The American leader was to address the first day of the Our Oceans meeting, where ministers ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...