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Radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear leak reaches Canada, may hit U.S. coast by April

Radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been detected in northwest Canada. How much longer will it be before the substance shows up in the United States?

Animals February 27, 2014

Fatal instinct: New marsupial species in Australia engage in intense sex that kills them

Scientists have discovered a new marsupial that engages in suicidal sex - males of the species have been discovered to die right after an intense sexual intercourse during the mating season. These extreme sexual encounters are said to last as long as 14 hours at a time. To put in perspective, sexual intercourse among human beings last anything between 3 minutes to 10 minutes.

Animals February 27, 2014

'Microbial Pompeii' on 1000-year-old skeletons gives scientists a peek of ancient diet and oral hygiene

Researchers have studied the plaque buildup on the teeth of 1,000 year-old skeletons and have found that the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease in modern man has caused the same disease in ancient humans. The study has also given researchers evidence that ancient humans hardly cleaned their teeth, and that they also ate vegetables.

Animals February 26, 2014

Global warming powerless in slowing down excess winter deaths

Improvements in health and social services have reduced the number of wintertime fatalities in the United Kingdom. But, what does that have to do with global warming and influenza?

Animals February 25, 2014

Volcanoes helping slow down global warming: Here's how

Global temperatures have risen much more slowly since 1998 than they have since 1970. Researchers believe volcanoes may be responsible. Why?

Animals February 25, 2014

Dogs are wired to understand human emotions and react accordingly: Study

Dogs can understand humans to a greater degree than thought possible. New research explains what may be responsible for the special bond between humans and canines.

Animals February 25, 2014

Fruit-loving lemurs are the brainiest of all

Lemurs are smart, social mammals. A new study now shows those lemurs that eat fruit are the smartest of all, but why?

Animals February 25, 2014

Zircon crystal found in Australian sheep ranch is 4.4 bn years old. Yes, as old as Earth's crust

Scientists have identified the oldest known gem in the world, a fragment of Zircon from Australia. The Zircon crystal is older than life itself and was formed after the planet first cooled down billions of years ago.

Animals February 26, 2014

Florida panther kitten rescued from the jaws of death, finds new home and friends

A cute panther kitten was rescued from certain death by Florida biologists. The young panther was found in a non-responsive state and was rescued just in the nick of time.

Animals February 24, 2014

Magnificent beauty of frozen Great Lakes revealed in amazingly detailed NASA photo

The Great Lakes are nearly frozen over and a new photograph from the Aqua space observatory shows how far the ice has gone...

Animals February 24, 2014

Lemurs on the verge of extinction, conservationists warn

Ninety percent of lemur species are on the verge of extinction. Political unrest, and a presidential election, may dictate the fate of the endangered mammals.

Animals February 22, 2014

Wildlife experts rescue endangered right whale from 280 feet of fishing line

A right whale, caught in 300 feet of commercial fishing rope has been freed of its burden - mostly. But, what's next for the four-year-old marine mammal?

Animals February 24, 2014

Nothing can halt melting of Antarctic glacier

Researchers working in the vicinity of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica have released dire news about the melting glacier. Their findings have indicated that the melting of ice in Antarctica will continue for decades or even centuries into the future and nothing can prevent it.

Animals February 23, 2014

Atom smasher: Large Hadron Collider 2.0 may be 4x times bigger than current one, if CERN gets its way

Colliding sub-atomic particles into one another may soon be done at far greater energies, if a new proposal is adopted. The next collider could completely surround Geneva.

Animals February 23, 2014

Babies to the rescue! Ants use their young as rafts during flood

Ants build rafts out of their own bodies to survive floods, with their babies at the bottom, on the water. Here's why that actually makes sense, though it seems a bit cruel.

Animals February 21, 2014

Deadly honeybee virus and parasite buzzing on to wild bumblebees, warn apiologists

Diseases easily managed in controlled honeybee populations are now wreaking havoc among wild bumblebees. A new study suggests how these diseases may spread. How serious could this be for human crops?

Animals February 20, 2014

What on earth is Arctic-dwelling snowy owl doing in the U.S. and Canada?

Snowy owls are becoming more common throughout the United States and Canada. Birds that once lived in the Arctic are now seen in New England and New York. But, what are they doing there, and what do lemmings have to do with it?

Animals February 22, 2014

Surprise! Cats and dogs can see UV light but you can't

House pets like cats, dogs and rodents can see ultraviolet light, invisible to human beings. What are they seeing that you're not?

Animals February 22, 2014

Solve dead zone problem in Gulf, get $1 mn

Tulane University has announced that it will give a cash prize of $1 million to anyone who can provide a practical solution to reducing the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico has been getting worse and scientists and officials are getting desperate for answers.

Animals February 22, 2014

Frank Zappa gets zit-causing bacteria named after him...Ummm, that's an honor, right??

Scientists have named a new type of acne-causing bacteria after musician Frank Zappa. The newly discovered bacteria can also infect grape vines.

Animals February 20, 2014

Asian jumping carp causing Chicago $18 bn headache

Chicago is planning to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The government is planning an $18 billion re-make of city canals. Local residents have another idea, and it involves tartar sauce.

Animals February 21, 2014

Elephants hug and comfort each other in times of distress...just like humans

Elephants are intelligent and highly social animals and now a new research says that the pachyderms also comfort and calm one another down in times of distress. The study is important because learning about the behavior of elephants under stress can help humans better manage the animals.

Animals February 19, 2014

Caught on Camera: Giant Pacific octopus tries to snatch camera from scuba divers for disturbing its privacy

Two divers dove into the water to film a giant Pacific octopus. They weren't prepared for what happened next...

Animals February 18, 2014

Predicting volcanic eruptions may become easier as magma cools down

Magma inside volcanoes is cooler and thicker than once believed. Crystals within the structures may reveal the mechanism behind eruptions.

Animals February 17, 2014

Map of human genetic history: An ancient mystery answered, maybe

Geneticists at Oxford University, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany had published a report, "A Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture History,", which is an analysis of the blending of people in human populations around the world. They noted historical events in our own and our ancestors' DNA. They used DNA to characterize significant historical blending events, and identified 100 historical events of human contact over the last 4,000 years.

Animals February 17, 2014

Wavier jet stream: Blame the warmer Arctic for the blizzards in North America and Europe

Scientists have reported possible changes in the jet stream that drives the weather systems in Northern Europe and the U.S. The narrow band of strong wind is becoming wavier and may cause dramatic changes in weather.

Animals February 19, 2014

You dirty, BIG rat: Can super-massive rodents take over the Earth one day? Possible

Giant rats may one day take over the Earth, according to a new thought experiment. The idea may not be as crazy as it sounds - rodents have been far larger in the past.

Animals February 19, 2014

Reward $21000: Hunt for killer(s) of 3 southern sea otters begins

Three sea otters were shot dead in September. The race is on to find the person or people responsible. Groups are banding together to offer $21,000 for information leading to the capture of those who carried out the crime.

Animals February 18, 2014

DUMB 101: 1 in 4 Americans is ignorant that Earth revolves around the Sun

Americans support science, and even enjoy hearing about discoveries and advancements in the fields of science and technology. So, why do so many remain ignorant of basic scientific facts?

Animals February 16, 2014

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count begins: Are you doing your part?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is currently in full swing. The event is a great way for bird aficionados to help scientists monitor bird populations.

Animals February 15, 2014

Deadly cat parasite attacks beluga whales, humans may be next, warn scientists

A Toxoplasma parasite known to affect cats has been found affecting Beluga whales as well. Scientists have now issued health warnings regarding consuming Beluga meat.

Animals February 15, 2014

Mammoth tusk gives up on apartment living in Seattle...heads to museum

The largest mammoth tusk ever discovered near Seattle was unearthed by accident.

Animals February 17, 2014

Discovery of Darwinilus sedarisi beetle excites Charles Darwin fans

After spending decades in a museum storage room, a rare beetle specimen collected by Charles Darwin over 180 years ago has been identified to be a new species. The new discovery coincided with Darwin's 205 birthday commemorated on Feb. 12.

Animals February 18, 2014

DNA used to create genetic atlas of human history

Scientists have reconstructed a record of human history using the information stored in human DNA. Human DNA has provided vital clues regarding the intermingling of human groups over the last 4,000 years.

Animals February 14, 2014

Massive fossil trove discovery in Canada's Kootenay National Park excites paleontologists

Scientists have found a giant "cache" of fossils in Canada. The fossil-rich deposit was discovered in the Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, but the scientists are keeping the exact location a secret.

Animals February 18, 2014

Whale spotting from space is fun, efficient and accurate

A team of scientists has used high-resolution satellite imagery to count whales. The images taken from orbit give scientists useful data for the the conservation and documentation of whale populations.

Animals February 17, 2014

Termite-inspired robots can build anything without masterplan...even human colonies on Mars

Robots inspired by termites could change the future of the construction industry. They may also, one day, be able to build the first colonies away from Earth. How did all this technology come from the lowly termite?

Animals February 14, 2014

Tawny crazy ants resort to chemical warfare to get upper hand over fire ants

Fire ants and tawny crazy ants are now common throughout the southern United States. Fire ants are now falling back, and crazy ants are winning, due to a unique adaptation.

Animals February 13, 2014

Mother Nature immortalizes Ichthyosaur in the act of giving birth

A mother Ichthyosaur died while giving birth almost 248 million years ago and was fossilized. This ancient event may answer questions about the history of reptiles worlwide.

Animals February 13, 2014

JAWESOME! Ancient fish fossils shed light on how vertebrates got their face

French and Swedish scientists have published a new study that purports to solve the mystery behind the evolution of jawed vertebrates.

Animals February 13, 2014

Clovis boy 'missing link' of Native American heritage?

Examination of DNA from a Clovis boy who died 12,600 years ago may answer questions about the origins of most Native Americans. But critics are holding on to a different theory.

Animals February 13, 2014

Shroud of Turin: Face of Jesus or massive earthquake or elaborate hoax?

Is the Shroud of Turin the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth? Or is it an elaborate hoax played on the human race for 600 years? A team of researchers look to neutrons to find the answer.

Animals February 12, 2014

No more exploding batteries

A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill experimented on materials that can prevent marine life from attaching to the bottom of the ship but in a twist of events, that material can also be used to make non-flammable lithium-ion batteries.

Animals February 13, 2014

Florida commercial space launch complex plan gets slammed by environmentalists

Florida's plan to build a commercial space complex is in hot water due to protests from environmentalists.

Animals February 13, 2014

Mammoth tusk unearthed by Seattle construction crew may explain why the Ice Age beast became extinct

A mammoth tusk has been found by construction workers in privately owned land in South Lake Union, Seattle.

Animals February 12, 2014

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