Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Feb 22, 2017

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs small enough to sit on a fingernail in a remote part of India, according to a report published on Tuesday. The researchers, who spent five years exploring the lush Western Ghats mountains, said the ...

Feb 16, 2017

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction

Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth’s worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity. Scientists on Wednesday described the surprising fossil discovery ...

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

Feb 16, 2017

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

The world’s oceans have lost more than 2 percent of their oxygen since 1960, with potentially devastating consequences for sea plants and animals, marine scientists said Wednesday. In those 5½ decades, parts of the oceans devoid of oxygen, called anoxic waters, have quadrupled, said ...

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

Feb 9, 2017

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

A newly discovered gecko uses a weird but ingenious tactic to evade capture: it strips down to its pink, naked skin and flees, leaving its attacker with a mouthful of scales, scientists have revealed. The hard, dense flakes come off with “exceptional ease” and ...

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

Feb 3, 2017

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

A wing-deforming virus shortens the life span of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday. Spread by microscopic mites, the microbe disrupts bees’ foraging and curtails their lives, experiments confirmed for the first time. “Deformed wing ...

Feb 2, 2017

Mexico's vaquita porpoise close to extinction

Mexico’s vaquita marina is edging closer to extinction as scientists warned Wednesday that only 30 were left despite navy efforts to intercept illegal fishing nets killing the world’s smallest porpoise. “The already desperate situation has worsened, despite existing conservation measures and current enforcement efforts,” ...

Shark shares wave with young Aussie surfer

Jan 26, 2017

Shark shares wave with young Aussie surfer

A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photo-bombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach. Chris Hasson said Thursday that he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, ...