Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

Jun 27, 2014

Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said Thursday. The new species of elephant shrew, given the ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Jun 27, 2014

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel — ...

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

Jun 26, 2014

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

The North American monarch butterfly uses the sun as well as the planet’s magnetic field as navigational tools for its remarkable long-distance migration, scientists say. The butterflies have long been known to use a type of solar compass in the brain. Yet they are ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

| Jun 22, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can ...

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Jun 21, 2014

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Police in Uganda said Saturday they were testing two piglets for “terrorism-related material” after they were sneaked into the country’s parliament by two anti-corruption protesters. Seven police officers who were on duty outside parliament have also been suspended over the security breach and detained ...