China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

Mar 1, 2015

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

The number of wild giant pandas in China jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade, state media cited an official survey as showing, with a government agency crediting conservation measures for the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the ...

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

Feb 26, 2015

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks. Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of ...

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Feb 25, 2015

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees that were stuck in a storm drain in Florida. Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said early Tuesday that the 19 manatees were all alive and were returned to the Indian River ...

January was second-warmest on record globally

Feb 20, 2015

January was second-warmest on record globally

Last month was the second-warmest January on record globally, behind only January 2007, with temperatures 0.77 degree Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average for the 20th century, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in ...

Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Feb 19, 2015

Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Flower nectar contains a bouquet of chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumblebees, a study said Wednesday. The findings throw up clues for helping honeybee colonies that are battling mysterious but catastrophic decline. Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on ...

Feb 18, 2015

Britain approves world's largest offshore wind farm

Britain’s energy ministry has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project, the world’s biggest offshore wind park, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The project, located in the North Sea, is being led by Forewind, a consortium comprising SSE, RWE, Statkraft ...

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Feb 18, 2015

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth are tougher. Spider silk is hailed for its strength and structure, but researchers in Britain have discovered that limpets — snaillike sea creatures with conical shells ...