World / Science & Health Nov 6, 2018

Wind farm 'predator' effect changes ecosystems: study

Wind farms now act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect often overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday. Wind is the fastest-growing renewable energy sector, supplying around 4 percent ...

Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs

World / Science & Health Nov 1, 2018

Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs

Birds have more in common with dinosaurs than previously thought — they inherited colored eggs directly from their scaly ancestors, according to research released Wednesday. The evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds has been recognized for centuries, but ornithologists long believed that birds evolved their ...

Bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

World / Science & Health Mar 14, 2018

Bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

The famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx may not have been a champion aviator but was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, according to a study. Scientists said on Tuesday they had examined Archaeopteryx's wing architecture using state-of-the-art scanning and compared it ...

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

National Jun 18, 2017

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

Two artificially incubated rock ptarmigan eggs have hatched in a government-backed breeding program, according to zoo officials in the city of Toyama. It was the first time that eggs from captive-bred birds of the species, similar to pheasants and grouse, were artificially incubated and hatched ...

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

National Mar 16, 2015

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

There are now only 500 or so Japanese golden eagles living in the wild as environmental changes deprive the birds of their habitat, according to a study by a research group. The Society for Research of Golden Eagle Japan warns that the subspecies is facing ...