World Topics

Jan 20, 2015

Mexico to use drones to protect endangered porpoise

Mexico has begun testing unmanned drones that could help it save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, which is threatened by illegal fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez. Alejandro del Mazo, an assistant prosecutor with Mexico’s environmental protection agency, said ...

Jan 19, 2015

Britain, Europe's TB hub, seeks to wipe out the disease

Health authorities launched an £11.5 million ($17.4 million) plan on Monday to tackle Britain’s persistent tuberculosis problem, seeking to eradicate the contagious lung disease. Britain has one of the highest TB rates in Western Europe, with London known as the continent’s TB capital. Rates ...

Jan 19, 2015

Mali government declares country Ebola-free

Mali’s health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola on Sunday following a 42-day period without a new case of the deadly virus. Mali recorded six deaths from Ebola, which, according to World Health Organization data, has killed more than 8,400 people ...

Jan 18, 2015

Oracle's Ellison to underwrite California wildlife center

One of the world’s richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus on helping endangered insects, reptiles and amphibians thrive. The Conservation Center for Wildlife Care ...

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

Jan 17, 2015

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

It turns out the Beagle has landed after all — but it never called home. The gone-but-not-forgotten spacecraft Beagle-2 went AWOL on Christmas Day in 2003, when it was supposed to land on Mars and start transmitting data back to Earth. Instead, the British-built ...