PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental regulators studying the harvesting of horseshoe crabs that are drained of some of their blood for biomedical use say they need to get a firmer handle on how many die as part of the process.
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WASHINGTON — Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA.
Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.
WASHINGTON — It’s the early bird that gets the Cheetos. But it’s the bigger bird that steals it away.
Behavioural ecologist Rhea Esposito used the snack food to see how two types of smart birds smaller magpies and bigger crows interact and compete for food.
LOS ANGELES — Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.
WASHINGTON — Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like the Zika virus, that somehow sneak past its protective barrier.
WASHINGTON — Scientists now calculate that Greenland sharks are Earth’s oldest living animals with backbones.
They estimate that one of those grey sharks was born in icy Arctic waters roughly 400 years ago and lived until only a couple of years ago.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The heavens will be bursting with shooting stars this week.
Thursday night into early Friday, the annual Perseid (PUR’-see-ihd) meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour.
NEW YORK — Researchers have found new evidence that the first Americans migrated south from Alaska via the Pacific coast, rather than a route hundreds of miles inland along the Rocky Mountains.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Wildlife enthusiasts are helping migrating turtles cross an Indiana highway by collecting them in buckets.
The effort, organized through Facebook, also collects data for researchers in Indiana State University’s biology department, the (Terre Haute) Tribune Star (http://bit.ly/2b8omXE ) reported.
WASHINGTON — A new study clearly connects rising temperatures to increases in waterborne food-poisonings and other infections.