Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

/ Apr 27, 2017

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia’s struggling Great Barrier Reef. The predatory starfish is naturally occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and runoff at the World Heritage-listed ...

Apr 26, 2017

Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave

It’s not only in life that humans leave their mark on Nature. In death, our decomposing corpses alter the chemistry of precious soil, scientists warned on Wednesday. Whether our bodies are buried or cremated, they leach iron, zinc, sulphur, calcium and phosphorus into ground ...

/ Apr 13, 2017

DNA can track migrations of fish

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday. Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales ...

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Apr 2, 2017

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers. In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the ...

/ Mar 30, 2017

Birds hit by cars are, well, bird-brained

What is the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don’t? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, said scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies. What might be called the “bird brain rule” applies to different species, depending on ...

/ Mar 24, 2017

Coral reefs in hot water: study

A spike in water temperature lasting only days bleached all the coral in a South China Sea atoll and killed 40 percent of the tiny organisms within weeks, researchers reported Thursday. The surge of 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 Fahrenheit) at Dongsha Atoll in June ...

Mar 19, 2017

Australia teen 'punches croc' in miracle escape

An Australian teenager is lucky to be alive, paramedics said Sunday, after he reportedly escaped the jaws of a crocodile by punching it in the head during a late night swim in a river. The 18-year-old, named in local media as Lee de Paauw, ...