Aug 27, 2015

'Enemy' seaweed can save coral from starfish: researchers

Under attack from hordes of ravenous starfish, Pacific coral is getting help from an unexpected source — seaweed, an archenemy, researchers said on Wednesday. Seaweed is no friend of the fragile ecosystems of coral reefs, pumping out harmful chemicals, blocking out life-giving sunlight, and ...

Aug 23, 2015

German scientists find rare dinosaur tracks

German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-ton dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, and think they could be around 145 million years old. “It’s very unusual how long the trail is and what great condition it’s ...

Aug 21, 2015

Study: Humans hunt, fish at 'extreme' pace

Humans are “superpredators” that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday, urging a focus on catching fewer and smaller creatures. People tend to kill adult fish at 14 times the rate of marine ...

Aug 21, 2015

Endangered species accidentally killed in New Zealand bird cull

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday. The deaths were “deeply disappointing,” Conservation Department director Andrew Baucke said in a statement. ...

Aug 14, 2015

Japanese, U.S. universities decode octopus genome

A team of researchers from a Japanese university and two U.S. universities have sequenced and analyzed the genome of an octopus species, according to their article on Thursday’s edition of the British journal Nature. The three universities are Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology ...

Aug 12, 2015

Parasite yet another threat to already troubled amphibians

Scientists have identified a new problem for amphibians, which are already shrinking in numbers: A parasite is infesting tadpoles worldwide. The family of parasites, related to a bug that attacks oysters, has been found in the livers of frogs and tadpoles on three continents ...

Moss-viewing trips catching on among women

Jul 27, 2015

Moss-viewing trips catching on among women

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One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. Instead of using binoculars to look at the panorama around them, these people were ...