In an important campaign to bring in more research money for the unique population of belugas in the St. Lawrence, whose waters are downstream from the industrialized Great Lakes, sponsors are being found as part of the opportunity to "Adopt a Beluga." Wouldn't you like a blubbery, chirpy small whale?
In 3-8 weeks, rats exposed to Beijing air gained weight and a whole slew of health problems.
At a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore, 13 bald eagles were recently found dead. Federal wildlife officials are investigating, and have not said whether the birds of prey were deliberately killed.
"While the effects have been most pronounced in the West, our analysis shows virtually all U.S. forests are now experiencing change and are vulnerable to future declines," said one researcher in a recent study.
For some animals, it won't be the monthly cost of a New Yorker subscription that is sapping their energy. But a new study notes that greater brain size might be one of several factors that can bring an animal closer to extinction, along with overhunting, pollution, climate change and fractured habitats.
In a find that says something about what species can (and have) done in times of climate change, an extinct form of worm lizard was recently discovered in arid West Texas. The area was likely subtropical at the time.
Virgin Galactic, the space travel company owned by Richard Branson, is unveiling its new spaceship, which replaces the one that crashed in a test run in 2014.
Scientists recently picked up a distinct new sound using highly sensitive instruments: the hum of deep-water creatures at dusk and dawn as they move to and from the surface. Learning more about the mysterious sound could tell us more about response to climate and fishing.
An area near Peterborough, England has been called "like Pompeii." An intact wheel from likely 1100-800 B.C. was recently uncovered there, and will tell us more about human transportation, access to different terrain, and tools.
In new telescope news, China is well along in a project to build the world's largest radio telescope, which is called FAST. The project is also displacing 9,000 people from its mountain location. NASA also announced plans to build a space telescope with 100 times the viewing capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Bat wings' quick and sensitive response to changes in their environment were the basis for a new design that broadens the capabilities of micro air vehicles (MAVs), a type of unmanned aerial vehicle. Two universities with additional funding from the U.S. Air Force produced the design.
Important fossil discoveries like the new ancient human (from September) and a neanderthal from Israel are available for 3D printing via a free online database.
A 2007 study said that cownose rays had grown to enormous population levels on the Atlantic Coast, in a shortage of apex predatory sharks -- thus threatening the shellfish and other oyster fishing industry. A new study says that cownose sharks reproduce really slowly -- only one offspring at a time -- and are physiologically unable to balloon in population. Off the hook-up?
Parts of boreal forests, tropical rainforest, Arctic tundra, alpine areas, and a "dry forest" in eastern South America were among those that showed up on a global map of areas most sensitive to climate variability, in a new study.