Nigerian faces charges for naming his dog after president

Aug 25, 2016

Nigerian faces charges for naming his dog after president

A Nigerian is being charged for provoking people and “breach of peace” by naming his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari and painting the name on the pet, police said on Wednesday. “The man bought a dog, named it Buhari, wrote ‘Buhari’ on both sides ...

Scientists unravel mysteries of osprey migration

Aug 21, 2016

Scientists unravel mysteries of osprey migration

Scientists have long known ospreys make an epic journey each summer from New England to South America. But the details of their dangerous trip remained a mystery — until now. Thanks to trackers on the backs of these fish-eating raptors, scientists are filling in ...

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Aug 19, 2016

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman’s belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world, researchers said Thursday. The study in the journal Science examined a peculiar habit ...

Undersea surprise: Big-eyed squid looks more toy than animal

Aug 19, 2016

Undersea surprise: Big-eyed squid looks more toy than animal

A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly eyed stubby squid. They let out a collective “whoa” on video posted on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus’ Facebook page as ...

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

Aug 18, 2016

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

A zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture is seeing a surge in visitors this summer after it started displaying an entirely white Mississippi alligator. The alligator is a 4-year-old female albino resulting from a mutation. It was brought from Germany and is the first of its ...

Aug 18, 2016

Prehistoric Mexicans pioneered raising rabbits for food

Native people living in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, now a World Heritage site located in modern-day Mexico, likely bred rabbits to eat and used their bones for tools, researchers said Wednesday. The study, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, represents one of the ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...