Nature / Wildlife

Oddball dinosaur was ‘mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose’

Oddball dinosaur was ‘mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose’

Published 06/12/2017

A dinosaur, named Halszkaraptor escuilliei, a turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like [more…]

Rats join mosquitoes as targets for ‘gene drive’ pest control

Rats join mosquitoes as targets for ‘gene drive’ pest control

Published 05/12/2017

Rodents have joined mosquitoes in the cross-hairs of scientists working on a next-generation genetic technology known as "gene drive" to control pests. [more…]

Dazzling egg fossils crack open secrets of ancient flying reptiles

Dazzling egg fossils crack open secrets of ancient flying reptiles

Published 30/11/2017

An artist’s illustration shows individuals from the fish-eating pterosaur species Hamipterus tianshanensis, including adults, juvenile and eggs in this handout illustration obtained by Reuters November [more…]

Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

Published 29/11/2017

BATH, England (Reuters) - From a poodle’s strut to a basset hound’s lolloping gait, scientists plan to capture the movements of different breeds to make [more…]

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

Published 29/11/2017

FILE PHOTO: An actor dressed as a 'Yeti' waves from a tour bus during a promotional event for Travel Channel's "Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the [more…]

The future looks bright: light pollution rises on a global scale

The future looks bright: light pollution rises on a global scale

Published 22/11/2017

FILE PHOTO: A nighttime view of Europe made possible by the "day-night band" of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is seen in a [more…]

Scientists solve the mystery of America’s scuba-diving fly

Scientists solve the mystery of America’s scuba-diving fly

Published 20/11/2017

An alkali fly creates a protective bubble in order to dive in Mono Lake, California, U.S. in this June 2017 photo released on November 20, [more…]

Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

Published 08/11/2017

Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases. [more…]

Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary

Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary

Published 04/11/2017

Paintings created by an Indian elephant who enjoys wielding a brush were auctioned off by a Hungarian traveling circus on Saturday. [more…]

Polly want a broadband connection? Cockatoos cost Australian cable company

Polly want a broadband connection? Cockatoos cost Australian cable company

Published 03/11/2017

Australia's government-built $36 billion broadband network, already under attack from underwhelmed customers, has found a new and formidable enemy - cockatoos are chewing through cables across the country. [more…]