Scientists collect deep-sea life off Hawaii

Oct 8, 2016

Scientists collect deep-sea life off Hawaii

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Federal researchers have just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a telephone interview that the abundance ...

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

Oct 8, 2016

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

The shy, scale-covered pangolin is to receive the highest level of protection against illegal trade to try to save it from extinction, after a recent vote by delegates at a global conference. The reclusive, gentle mammal is prized as an edible delicacy and ingredient ...

Data improve hurricane forecasts, but uncertainties remain

Oct 7, 2016

Data improve hurricane forecasts, but uncertainties remain

With modern technology, people can watch hurricanes churn in real time and forecasts are on-target up to seven days in advance — but experts say some puzzling storm traits are harder to solve. Using hurricane hunter aircraft, converted military drones, weather balloons and satellites ...

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

Sep 30, 2016

Man's best friend? It may be genetic

If you think dogs are drawn to your winning personality then think again — the attraction may be genetic, according to a study released Thursday that pinpoints genes linked to interspecies amity. Providing food and playing fetch, of course, also forge strong bonds. But ...

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Sep 22, 2016

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species. One of several wild bee species ...

Sep 20, 2016

2,000-year-old Greek shipwreck bones, depth gauge excite scientists

Archaeologists excavating one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity said Monday that they have found a 2,000-year-old depth measuring device, and human bones that could help build an ancient mariner’s genetic profile. The 1st century B.C. wreck of a large freighter discovered off the ...

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Sep 16, 2016

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Researchers have identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of when it is safe to go outside after a storm passes. A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a lightning bolt ...

Sep 15, 2016

Obama to declare new marine reserve at Oceans summit

U.S. President Barack Obama was to announce the creation of a new marine reserve on Thursday as Washington hosted a major world summit on protecting the planet’s oceans. The American leader was to address the first day of the Our Oceans meeting, where ministers ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...