Tag - nature



Apr 9, 2016
For orcas, menopause is just the beginning
Killer whales and humans are among the only animals known to experience menopause, and scientists are learning how this phenomenon benefits orcas.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 7, 2016
Yellowstone bison granted more home to roam
America's largest band of wild bison can roam public lands outside its home at Yellowstone National Park without facing certain slaughter, under an agreement reached by U.S., state and tribal leaders on Wednesday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2016
Prehistoric marine reptiles killed off by global warming
One of the enduring mysteries of paleontology, the demise of a highly successful group of dolphin-like marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that flourished in the seas for more than 150 million years, may finally have been solved.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 6, 2016
'Ghostlike' octopus found near Hawaii may belong to new species
An underwater research craft has spotted a "ghostlike" octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii, a discovery that highlights how little is known about the deep sea, a U.S. zoologist said on Saturday.
Mar 5, 2016
Fujita rides Nature Point to runner-up finish at Nakayama Racecourse
Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the first rookie female jockey from the Japan Racing Association in 16 years, placed second at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 4, 2016
U.S. proposes lifting protections for grizzlies in Yellowstone area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on Thursday stripping Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park, saying the animal's numbers have rebounded sufficiently in recent decades.
Feb 29, 2016
Stand in solidarity with sharks
A recent study suggests that we know even less about the oceans than we thought — and we may well have been doing even more damage than we realized.
Feb 26, 2016
A subway tunnel under Singapore's rainforest? No way, say activists
A plan to build a subway tunnel under Singapore's largest patch of primary rainforest has drawn sharp protests from environmental groups and activists who say it could irreversibly damage the habitats of hundreds of plant and animal species.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 25, 2016
Dodos were not so dumb after all
The dodo is an extinct flightless bird whose name has become synonymous with stupidity. But it turns out that the dodo was no birdbrain, but instead a reasonably brainy bird.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 19, 2016
U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolf declines
The southwestern U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves declined by 12 percent last year after five years of steady growth, leading wildlife advocates to suggest that illegal killings of the beleaguered predators may be to blame.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2016
Prehistoric cousin of wildebeest boasted dinosaur-like nasal horn
In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 31, 2016
'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago
The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2016
Conservationists say Mali's desert elephants face extinction within a few years
Mali's elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group said Thursday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2016
Breakthrough in mapping tropical forests reveals broad extent of tree loss
New advanced satellite maps of tropical countries reveal that more than 90 percent of recent tree cover loss took place in natural forests rather than plantations, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, research shows.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 21, 2016
Experts blast Japan's whaling program as 'unscientific' in journal
A group of experts from around the world have criticized Japan's ongoing Antarctic Ocean whaling program as having no scientific basis in a letter published in British science journal Nature on Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 3, 2016
From a rare Florida tree, cuttings are taken to regrow forest of ancient giants
An experiment in regrowing forests of the world's oldest trees led environmentalists last week to climb a nine-story tall, 2,000-year-old cypress in central Florida known as Lady Liberty.
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 27, 2015
Destruction of Brazil's Amazon jumps 16 percent in 2015
The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rain forest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggles to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 21, 2015
The Hiroshima art triangle: a space to get lost in thought
'It's Tokyo minus the stress." That's how one Japanese colleague described Hiroshima to us shortly after my wife, Angeles, and I arrived here, near the end of the last millennium. So, what's its secret? Well, there's its size for a start. And having six rivers flowing through it certainly helps. But,...
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2015
Bringing pressure on Africa's ivory poachers
Poaching for ivory is taking a horrible toll on endangered species in Africa, but there is cause for hope as well.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 19, 2015
Going batty: secrets behind upside-down flight landings revealed
It is an aerial maneuver far beyond the capabilities of even the most sophisticated modern aircraft: landing upside down on a ceiling. But it is routine business for bats, and now scientists have learned precisely how they do it.


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