Boulder smashes French tourist train, killing 2

Feb 9, 2014

Boulder smashes French tourist train, killing 2

An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two passengers, officials said. Nine people were injured. The force of the boulder caved in the side of ...

India tiger hunters lie in wait for 'hungry' man-eater

Feb 3, 2014

India tiger hunters lie in wait for 'hungry' man-eater

As he trains his .458 Winchester Magnum rifle on a tethered goat he is using as bait, tiger hunter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan whispers that it is only a matter of time before his real prey reappears. “Now is a very dangerous time. The ...

Monarch migration at risk of ending

| Jan 30, 2014

Monarch migration at risk of ending

The stunning and little understood annual migration of monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday after monarch numbers in their winter range dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993. Their report blamed ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...

Data confirms that 'V' formation helps birds save energy

Jan 16, 2014

Data confirms that 'V' formation helps birds save energy

The next time you see birds flying in a “V” formation, consider this: a new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way. That’s what scientists concluded after tracking a group of large black ...

Hungry animals, people use 'Levy walk'

Dec 29, 2013

Hungry animals, people use 'Levy walk'

Imagine you are a member of a hunter-gatherer tribe living in a remote part of the sprawling African plains, and your stomach is growling. How do you search for something to eat? According to a new study, chances are you would use the same ...

Dec 19, 2013

Stem-cell researcher Takahashi gets plug from Nature

A researcher at Riken Center for Development Biology is one of British science journal Nature’s five persons to watch in 2014, recognizing her work using artificially made stem cells to restore damaged retinas of blind people. Masayo Takahashi, project leader at the government-funded research ...

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

Nov 21, 2013

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast has gone nearly dark, and biologists are trying to find out why. Theories range from an increase in construction runoff to inclement weather to people clearing mangroves to allow larger boats into the area. “We have ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 17, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, ...

First sighting in years of rare Saola mammal in Vietnam

Nov 13, 2013

First sighting in years of rare Saola mammal in Vietnam

One of the rarest and most threatened mammals on Earth has been caught on camera in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years, renewing hope for the recovery of the species, an international conservation group said. The Saola, a long-horned ox, was photographed ...