Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

May 25, 2015

Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve. Yatsu-higata, which spans around 40 hectares — slightly smaller than Tokyo Disneyland — is in ...

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

May 15, 2015

Deepwater fish found to be warm-blooded

Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club. Researchers said in the journal Science on Thursday that this deepwater denizen is the first fish known to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its ...

May 14, 2015

10 Chinese arrested for killing giant panda, selling parts

Police in southwestern China arrested 10 people for killing a female wild giant panda and buying and selling its parts, state media said Wednesday. The giant panda is an endangered species that tops China’s list of protected animals. Poaching them is rare, but panda ...

May 7, 2015

Amount of carbon dioxide in air keeps rising, hits milestone

Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, U.S. government scientists say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first ...

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

May 3, 2015

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon’s coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of ...