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NATURE

BUSINESS
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.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
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.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 13, 2015
U.N. climate deal to rely on persuasion, not coercion
A U.N. deal due this year to fight global warming is set to avoid tough penalties for nations that fail to keep their promises, relying instead on persuasion and peer pressure, delegates at climate talks said Thursday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 28, 2015
Chinese police suspended for eating endangered salamander
The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation on Tuesday on suspicion of feasting on an endangered giant salamander, state media reported.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 15, 2015
Carnivorous plant fine-tunes the slipperiness of its trap to kill ants en masse
A tricky insect-eating plant from Borneo proves that one need not have a brain to outsmart the opposition.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 8, 2015
Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic
The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book, data from the National Audubon Society suggested on Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 4, 2015
In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos
South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in the bush.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2014
Eye expert Takahashi lauded for iPS cell advances by Nature
Ophthalmologist Masayo Takahashi, who led the world's first transplant of tissue generated from iPS stem cells, makes this year's top 10 list at the science journal Nature.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 12, 2014
Hunting for pictures, and crocodiles, in remote Aboriginal country
We are deep in a forest crowded by Australian paperback trees, the air thick with humidity but eerily silent save for the screeching of tropical birds, when Marcus shouts: "Look, crocodiles!"
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 12, 2014
DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather
Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird "family tree" ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 5, 2014
Peru says Amazon deforestation on the rise
Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 sq. miles) last year — an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 5, 2014
Shocking news: Electric eels exert remote control over prey
Electric eels, those perilous predators of South America, can unleash a potent electrical jolt to wallop their hapless prey. But this zap is not used merely to stun other fish.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2014
Obokata to wrap up STAP cell reproduction bid
Discredited stem-cell biologist Haruko Obokata will end her attempts to reproduce so-called STAP cells this weekend as scheduled, officials at the Riken research institute say.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Nov 26, 2014
Seeking Japan's gods and nobles in roots, stone and moss
If you've had a hankering to go hiking with Shinto deities, why not try the Kumano Kodo trail in Wakayama Prefecture?
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 14, 2014
Infanticide common among adult males in many mammal species
Predators such as leopards and cheetahs are not the biggest mortal threat to baby Chacma baboons, large and aggressive monkeys that live across southern Africa. That threat comes from adult males of their own species.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 14, 2014
Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully
For male chimpanzees, there may be a benefit to being a bully.
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 14, 2014
Groups ask Obama administration to protect 5,000 Yellowstone bison
Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / WILD WATCH
Nov 8, 2014
Hanging around the threat of extinction
Night falls; stars are showing; yet I'm still perspiring. We set off in darkness into a night filled with hope. Our goal is to see one of the rarest creatures on Earth, a species once considered extinct, and for which even now fate hangs in the balance.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2014
Scientists devise family tree of the world's insects, the first animals to colonize land
They pollinate our flowers, vegetables and fruit. They spread deadly diseases. They flash in the summer night. They bore into the wood in our homes. And they serve as supper for birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals — including people.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 31, 2014
U.S. to monitor turtle exports in face of booming global trade
There were lots of snickers when a Chinese-Canadian man was caught trying to leave the United States with 51 turtles hidden in his sweatpants, but the case illustrated the serious threat facing native species from the booming international turtle trade, federal scientists said on Thursday.

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