Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

Jul 15, 2016

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber — fossilized tree sap — containing a mushroom, ...

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Jun 13, 2016

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Residents seeking seasonal bamboo shoots in Akita Prefecture are ignoring warnings to avoid a mountain despite four deaths from apparent bear attacks, officials said. Bear attacks on humans are not unusual in mountainous Akita Prefecture, but fatal ones are rare, with only eight tallied ...

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

Jun 10, 2016

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as a 12-year-old koala named Sherwood Robyn was brought into an examination room at Australia’s first hospital for the furry marsupials. From afar, she appeared in fine health. But closer inspection revealed a “wet bottom” — a ...