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230 Million-Year-Old Mite Found in Amber

Cristal Reyes

September 5, 2012


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Global News

Amber, besides being a popular name for girls, is a special type of fossilized tree resin which has many uses. Since the Neolithic era, it has been used to make beautiful jewelry, ornamental items and even perfumes. However, one of its most important uses is to help us learn about the evolution of...

Flooding Disperses Invasive Plant, Fish Species

The Associated Press

May 2, 2012


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

BETHEL, Vt. (AP) — Last year's hurricanes and flooding not only engulfed homes and carried away roads and bridges in hard-hit areas of the country, it dispersed aggressive invasive species as well. In Vermont, the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene and work afterward to dredge rivers and remove de...

New Evidence Suggests a Warm and Fuzzy T-Rex

Elizabeth Field

April 18, 2012


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

When one pictures a T-Rex, images instantly appear in your mind of a scaly, monstrous predator. However, recent research suggests that this familiar primordial creature may actually be more reminiscent of a warm and fuzzy pet: a ferocious, seven-ton warm and fuzzy pet. A recent discovery in Northeastern ...

First “Test-Tube” Hamburger Ready This Fall

Sara J Dufort

February 29, 2012


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

The world’s population is growing at a rapid rate, and in order to keep up with the demand for resources, modern scientists are constantly trying to think of innovations that will advance our ever-evolving society. A new development in a Dutch lab definitely fits this bill, as they have been able to de...

Giant Amoeba in the Mariana’s Trench

Laura Pisano

November 9, 2011


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

The deepest part of the ocean is the Pacific’s Mariana’s Trench. Researchers from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego have been investigating the trench using dropcams. Dropcams are "high resolution camera encased in a thick pressure-proof and waterproof glass sphere," according to ...

Fanged Frogs Evolve to Fill Island’s Ecological Niches

Brandon T. Bisceglia

September 28, 2011


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

Darwin's finches may have some competition. A team led by Biologist Ben Evans at McMaster University report that they have found a group of frogs that evolved to fill a plethora of niches on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. The researchers discovered 13 species of frogs on the island, all belonging...

Invasive Sea Squirt Threatens Connecticut’s $30 Million Shellfish Industry

The Charger Bulletin

September 21, 2011


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Environment, Science

WEST HAVEN, CONN -- The invasive sea squirt, Styela clava, has now been discovered along the Eastern Seaboard as far south as Bridgeport Harbor and poses a significant danger to Connecticut’s $30 million shellfish business, according to field research conducted by Carmela Cuomo, head of the...

Rare Minnows Rescued from Texas River Amid Drought

The Associated Press

September 21, 2011


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Wading through a muddy river bed to reach shallow pools of water, wildlife biologists scooped up hundreds of minnows Friday in one of the first rescues of fish threatened by the state's worst drought in decades. The scientists collected smalleye shiners and sharpnose shiners f...

New Reefs in Puerto Rico

Rebekah Gordon

January 26, 2011


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Science

For decades, Puerto Rico’s ecosystem has suffered tremendously, with species dying out constantly. But recently, divers stumbled across these reefs during a federally funded mission to conduct research on deep-water corals, according to the U.S. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)....

Judge sets deadlines in polar bear listing case

Maideline Sanchez

November 5, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife

From the Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A federal court judge is giving the Interior Department until Dec. 23 to explain why polar bears are listed as a "threatened" species instead of the more-protective "endangered." The written order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan...

3 Calif. beaches closed after deadly shark attack

Maideline Sanchez

October 24, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife

From the Associated Press VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A string of beaches on California's Central Coast were shut down Saturday and there was no word on when they would reopen after a deadly attack on a bodyboarder from what some scientists said was probably a great white shark, authorities...

US-Born Panda Gives Birth to Her 8th Cub in China

The Associated Press

September 22, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Global News, Science

BEIJING – An American-born panda gave birth to her eighth cub in southwest China, a rare accomplishment for the endangered species known for being poor breeders. Hua Mei gave birth to a male cub at 3 a.m. on Friday at the Wolong China Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, the official...

SeaWorld fined $75,000 for whale trainer’s death

The Associated Press

August 25, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Global News

ORLANDO, Fla. – The federal job safety agency fined SeaWorld Orlando $75,000 on Monday for three violations uncovered while investigating the February death of a trainer who was grabbed by a killer whale and dragged underwater. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration categorized the most...

China Zoos Mistreat Performing Animals

Maideline Sanchez

August 9, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife

From the Associated Press BEIJING – Performing animals in Chinese zoos and parks are often trained using abusive practices, including routine beatings, and are housed in inadequate shelters, according to a report by a Hong Kong-based animal welfare group released Monday. Bears are regularly whipped...

BP Says it Will Pay for Gulf Spill’s Cleanup

The Associated Press

May 5, 2010


Filed under Animals & Wildlife, Global News, Science

VENICE, La. – BP PLC  gave some assurance Monday to shrimpers, oil workers and scores of others that they will be paid for damage and injuries from the explosion of a drilling rig and the resulting massive oil spill in the Gulf. A fact sheet on the company website says BP takes responsibility f...

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