Aug 4, 2014

Spain throws cold water on sex and booze resorts

Wearing only underwear and angel wings, three young women wiggle their hips to entice customers to enter one of the many nightclubs in Magaluf, a Spanish beach resort notorious for its sex and booze excess. “We came to get drunk, basically. Everyone knows Magaluf ...

Aug 1, 2014

India hires masked monkey men to combat macaque menace

India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation’s capital, officials said Thursday. The “very talented” group of men has taken to wearing monkey masks, imitating their whoops and ...

Aug 1, 2014

Man expelled from Croatia for punching endangered monk seal

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world’s most endangered species, reports said on Thursday. Dozens of tourists and locals had gathered on the beach at Gortan bay on the northern peninsula ...

Jul 27, 2014

U.S. plans widespread seismic testing of seafloor

The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey. The U.S. Geological Survey plans to ...

Jul 26, 2014

Human encroachment prompting giant anteaters to kill: research

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals’ loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a ...

Jul 24, 2014

China censors squash reports on giant inflatable toad

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong’s harbour last year sparked a national craze ...

Jul 24, 2014

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy, U.S. study says

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way. Dogs are capable of feeling a basic form of jealousy, according to a study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal. The research, said to ...

Jul 20, 2014

Fruit colors evolved to please picky birds: study

Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black — a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colors, according to scientists. It has long been suspected that an abundance of red and black fleshy fruits in nature was ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...