May 15, 2015

With goats and chickens, program helps the poorest get by

The poorest of the poor can be helped with a program that includes providing goats, sheep, chickens or other livestock and training in how to make money from them, a large six-nation study concludes. That approach didn’t wipe out poverty for participants, but they ...

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

May 15, 2015

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

U.S. honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies in the past year, the second highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a preliminary report this week. The losses from April 2014 to April 2015 are considered too high to be sustainable — ...

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

May 15, 2015

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club. Researchers said in the journal Science on Thursday that this deepwater denizen is the first fish known to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its ...

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

May 7, 2015

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

A zoo in Oita was forced to backpedal on its announcement that it will name a baby Japanese monkey Charlotte in honor of the newborn British princess, following complaints the move is disrespectful to that nation’s royal family. The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, popular ...

Early bird winds back the avian clock

May 6, 2015

Early bird winds back the avian clock

Modern birds may have evolved 6 million years earlier than thought, said Chinese paleontologists Wednesday after analyzing the fossil remains of a previously unknown prehistoric relative. The extinct species, of which two fossils were discovered in China’s northeastern Hebei province about two years ago, ...