Feb 12, 2015

Scientists unravel mystery of how snake venom causes seizures

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how venom from the Costa Rican coral snake causes seizures in its victims, a finding that could boost research into schizophrenia, epilepsy and chronic pain, researchers said Monday. The recipe involves a pair of proteins called micrurotoxins (MmTX) ...

Feb 10, 2015

Croatian court bans dog from barking at night

Medo is in trouble for doing what all dogs do: barking. A fed up neighbor in a northern Croatian village has won a temporary court order that says Medo must stop barking at night. If not, owner Anton Simunovic must pay some €2,800 ($3,160). ...

Feb 7, 2015

Otters eat rare monkey at British zoo

An endangered monkey that fell into a pond has been eaten by otters at a British zoo. Bristol Zoo Gardens say the rare golden lion tamarin monkey, a squirrel-size species native to Brazil, was climbing on a branch when it fell and became trapped ...

Feb 6, 2015

Twin panda newborns named Ohin, Tohin

Twin female panda cubs born at the Adventure World amusement park in Wakayama Prefecture have been named Ohin and Tohin, the park said Friday. The names were selected from more than 10,000 suggestions submitted by the public following their births on Dec. 2 to ...

Feb 6, 2015

Termite mounds can halt desert's advance: study

Termites, the pesky insects whose fondness for wood makes them the bane of homeowners, help halt desertification in semi-arid areas and protect against the effects of climate change, a study said Thursday. In grasslands, savannas and arid areas of Africa, Latin America and Asia, ...

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Feb 6, 2015

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Man’s best friend has not been around for nearly as long as thought, according to a study released Thursday that brings the emergence of modern dogs forward by some 15,000 years. The finding follows the reclassification of two fossil skulls, one more than 30,000 ...

Mayor learns lesson after weather-predicting groundhog bites him

Feb 3, 2015

Mayor learns lesson after weather-predicting groundhog bites him

A mayor in Wisconsin has learned a valuable lesson about his city’s weather-predicting groundhog: Don’t get too close. Jimmy, the official groundhog in Sun Prairie, bit the mayor’s ear during Monday’s Groundhog Day celebrations. The groundhog’s handler was holding the animal next to Mayor ...

Feb 3, 2015

Number of tigers falls on demand by Chinese

Soaring demand for tiger parts in China has emptied Asia’s forests, frustrating efforts to protect the big cats, wildlife experts said as an anti-poaching conference opened in Katmandu on Monday. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials from 13 nations are attending the ...