Mass sea star deaths off West Coast stump scientists

Feb 2, 2014

Mass sea star deaths off West Coast stump scientists

Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the U.S. West Coast, worrying biologists who say the creatures are key to the marine ecosystem. Scientists first started noticing the mass deaths in June 2013. Different types of starfish, also known ...

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Jan 31, 2014

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Africa is getting tougher in its fight against poaching. New laws with stiff penalties, more military training for rangers and new technology like drones with thermal cameras are all helping to protect rhinos and elephants. A new law in Kenya that increases penalties for ...

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

Jan 31, 2014

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step that conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security threat. ...

Jan 28, 2014

'Human remains' found near Australian croc attack site

Police reportedly found human remains Tuesday in the search for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia, and scaled back operations on a body recovery mission. Police would not go into details, but acting commander Michael White said they had found ...

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Jan 27, 2014

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Cote d’Ivoire forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa’s forests. The International Fund for Animal Welfare this week began tranquilizing elephants outside the western town of Daloa, ...

First jellyfish aircraft simple yet efficient

Jan 19, 2014

First jellyfish aircraft simple yet efficient

Inspired by nature and by the aviation pioneers of the early 20th century, scientists in the United States have built the world’s first jellyfish aircraft. The tiny, ultralight lab machine, weighing just 2.1 grams, is the first man-made flying object to hover and move ...

Horses leap fires in ancient Spanish festival

Jan 17, 2014

Horses leap fires in ancient Spanish festival

More than 100 horses and riders leaped the flames of roaring bonfires Thursday in a small Spanish town in a centuries-old festival that has raised the ire of animal rights activists. Smoke and flames filled the night in San Bartolome de Pinares, a central ...

Jan 9, 2014

Elephant shark has 'barely evolved' in millions of years

A prehistoric fish found off New Zealand and southern Australia evolves even slower than the coelacanth, a famous “living fossil” whose DNA has barely changed over hundreds of millions of years, scientists said Wednesday. The genome of the elephant shark “is evolving significantly slower ...

Great white sharks' life span tripled to over 70

Jan 9, 2014

Great white sharks' life span tripled to over 70

Great white sharks may live into their 70s, more than three times longer than previously thought, according to a new analysis of the marine predator’s backbones out Wednesday. Using radiocarbon dating technology, researchers analyzed vertebrae from four male and four female adult white sharks ...