Border-free: a dog named Jun

| Jan 22, 2017

Border-free: a dog named Jun

In September, the handsome Jun arrived in Japan from Malaysia after an international effort to rescue him and others from what were reported to be extremely dire conditions.

Golden-headed moth species named for Trump

Jan 18, 2017

Golden-headed moth species named for Trump

A Canadian researcher has discovered a new species of moth native to Southern California and Baja California. The insect, which measures just over a centimeter wide, is visually striking. Golden flakes cover its head, which the researcher likens to the hairdo of U.S. President-elect ...

Jan 13, 2017

Scientists activate predatory 'kill switch' in mice

U.S. scientists have ramped up predatory behavior in mice by stimulating a region of the brain known for its role in emotions like fear and pleasure, according to a study published Thursday. The experiment turned the lab mice into eating machines, vigorously attacking food, ...

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Jan 6, 2017

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Polar bears just can’t catch a break. Already struggling to cope with climate change, the giant Arctic carnivores also face a chemical poisoning risk 100 times above levels considered safe for adult bears, according to a study released Thursday. For bear cubs feeding on ...

Bird cafes gaining popularity in Japan

Jan 2, 2017

Bird cafes gaining popularity in Japan

Bird cafes, where customers can interact with colorful parakeets, wise-looking owls or talkative parrots, are gaining popularity around the nation, especially with women. Visitors to such cafes drink coffee or tea while viewing the birds either from behind glass or letting them sit on ...

Dec 29, 2016

Russia opens criminal case after bear's killing causes outcry

Russian investigators said on Wednesday they had opened a criminal case into a group of men who filmed themselves crushing a bear to death by repeatedly driving over it in off-road vehicles in the Siberian tundra. A video posted on YouTube on Monday, apparently ...