Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there. U.S. Secretary

Fewer than 20 extinctions a year: does the world need a single target for biodiversity?

Next year, all eyes will be on Kunming, China, as talks resume on a new set of global goals to protect biodiversity. These are much needed, because most of the existing 20 targets, which were set in 2010 in Aichi, Japan, have failed to make an impact on the rate of biodiversity loss. Last month, a

The UK's barn owls are growing in number – and for once it's thanks to humans

My mum fist-pumped when I told her I had seen a barn owl using a nest box on our farm. She has been trying to coax them in since she moved here 35 years ago. There were signs the owls might be thinking of settling down – we found a pellet (regurgitated fur and bones from rodents) at the base

Meet White King, a lion cub whose mom didn’t want him

His name is White King, he’s 10 days old and the zoo says he’s a real “teddy bear”. But the lioness who bore him rejected him after a traumatic birth. Born on May 31, the cub is the first white lion born in a Spanish zoo. Curled up in the arms of Juan Luis Malpartida, direc

‘Man-eater’ tiger in India sentenced to lifetime in captivity

A tiger blamed for killing three people will spend the rest of its life in captivity, Indian officials said Sunday, saying the big cat was “too dangerous” to be allowed to roam free. The five-year-old male predator, also blamed for attacking cattle, had embarked on a trek more than 500

Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching

Warmer oceans are putting stress on corals—and causing many of them to turn white, or bleach. But some corals under stress are instead becoming strangely colorful, turning brilliant neon pink, yellow, purple or blue. "They give this very vibrant coloration which really blows you away." J&oum

Carved stone turtle unearthed from Angkor reservoir site

Cambodian archaeologists have unearthed a large centuries-old statue of a turtle at the Angkor temple complex. The 56-by-93 centimeter (22-by-37 inch) carved stone turtle believed to date from the 10th century was discovered Wednesday during digging at what was the site of a small temple that had b

The life-saving medicines inspired by animals

Peptides are composed of the same building blocks as proteins, but in much smaller chains – one can think of them as “mini proteins”. Because they are 10 to 40 times larger, however, than small molecule drugs such as aspirin, peptides are much more specific in what they target. As

First brown bear in 150 years spotted in Spain national park by film crew

A brown bear has been spotted in a national park in northwest Spain for the first time in 150 years. Footage of the bear was captured by camera traps set up by a crew shooting a film in the Invernadeiro national park, in the sparsely populated Ourense province in Galicia. In it, the male bear can

male lemurs' wrist scent seduces females

An irresistible floral scent dabbed on the body may sound like a cliche from a perfume advert, but it appears to play a role in how male ring-tailed lemurs attract a mate. Researchers in Japan say they have identified the odours males waft at females, and shown the latter’s attention is indee

Cats can catch COVID-19 study finds, dogs safe, as WHO investigates

Cats can become infected with the new coronavirus but dogs appear not to be vulnerable, according to a study published on Wednesday, prompting the WHO to say it will take a closer look at transmission of the virus between humans and pets. The study, published on the website of the journal Science,

Stegosaurus footprints found on Skye first evidence iconic dinosaur roamed Scotland

Scientists have discovered footprints left by stegosaurus dinosaurs 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye, the first evidence the iconic creatures once lived in Scotland. A team of palaeontologists from the University of Edinburgh found the line of grapefruit-sized prints after a storm in 2017

African fish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans

A study into African turquoise killifish has revealed the secrets behind a biological phenomenon that presses pause on the development of embryonic life – findings that have potential implications for human ageing. Species such as the killifish can place themselves in a state of “suspen

Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle

One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.Scientists said on Wednesday they have unearthed new fossils of the turtle, called Stupe

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