To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centres, and then free them to hunt.
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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring.
GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique — The African wild dogs are back.
WASHINGTON — You don’t just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the western edge of the Florida Everglades sits 4 square miles (10 square kilometres) of gator-infested swampland, and a private firm is making big money selling it off.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months.
The International Space Station’s commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the job after struggling with a balky shield for protection against space debris. They accomplished everything, but a small item managed to slip away.
Everyone makes mistakes, but when scientists do, the remedy goes far beyond saying you’re sorry. Two fresh examples show how some journals and universities react when the need arises to set the record straight.
BERLIN — Researchers in Germany have started collecting data with a 60 million euro ($71 million) machine designed to help determine the mass of the universe’s lightest particle.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The National Park Service says a fungus that causes a deadly disease of bats has been detected on bats in South Dakota for the first time.
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome was detected on one western small-footed bat and four big brown bats in Jackson County at Badlands National Park last month.
SEATTLE — The fish buyer noticed something different about the large, colorful disc-shaped opah waiting to be sold at the auction house in Honolulu. Among the differences: one fish had a bigger eye than the other.