Jun 7, 2015

Tiny bird imitates hawk to scare predator

A bird weighing just 8 grams scares off a predator 40 times bigger by imitating the “hawk alarm” of other species, scientists say. The trick is used by the brown thornbill, one of Australia’s tiniest birds, to scare off the pied currawong, they reported ...

Study refutes doubters on global warming 'hiatus'

Jun 5, 2015

Study refutes doubters on global warming 'hiatus'

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new U.S. government federal study that rebuts doubters. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques ...

Mysterious deep-sea oarfish washes up in California

Jun 4, 2015

Mysterious deep-sea oarfish washes up in California

A dead oarfish, a mysterious and serpent-like creature that swims deep below the ocean’s surface, has washed up on a Southern California island and a university biologist will study the remains, officials said on Wednesday. Amy Catalano said she and a co-worker at the ...

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

May 29, 2015

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital of Seoul — bringing dashes of spontaneity and color to the skyline of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. With help from the ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

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 ...