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  • These 'babbler' birds could shed light on human language

    These 'babbler' birds could shed light on human language
    Move over, parrots. Here’s another bird with some impressive "language" skills: The chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different,...
  • Rainy June spikes Lake County's mosquito population

    Rainy June spikes Lake County's mosquito population
    An abundance of rainfall in June is bringing an abundance of mosquitoes, Lake County Health Department officials are warning. Floodwater mosquitoes thrive on rainfall, and as of June 28, 4.24 inches of rain have fallen in Waukegan compared to the month'...
  • Federal employees honored for innovation

    Federal employees honored for innovation
    Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers has long been interested in sickle cell anemia — back to high school, when he saw the first of three friends die of the painful disease. "You hate for anyone to die, but parents don't really want to bury their children,"...
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin
    About a month ago, researchers and policymakers started fretting about a nightmare scenario for drug enforcement: the possibility that the impending invention of morphine-producing yeast could make it easy for many people to start manufacturing highly...
  • Experts to start lobbying communities to require bear-resistant garbage cans

    Experts to start lobbying communities to require bear-resistant garbage cans
    Florida wildlife commissioners, fresh off a vote that authorized the state's first bear hunt in two decades, promised to push communities in "black bear range" to mandate bear-resistant trash cans. After Wednesday's vote on the hunt — when a fired...
  • Mono Lake's ecological crisis is a blow to wildlife, L.A. water supply

    Mono Lake's ecological crisis is a blow to wildlife, L.A. water supply
    As this drought-stricken body of salt water recedes, the repercussions mount: Its exposed alkaline flats are giving rise to dust storms. A haven for endangered migrating birds has become more vulnerable to predators. And Los Angeles' ability to divert...
  • Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections

    Three conservation groups on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers to increase habitat protections along Puget Sound shorelines. Such concrete or rock structures prevent...
  • Scientists see climate change in action in California wildflower fields

    Scientists see climate change in action in California wildflower fields
    Drier, sunnier winters are stressing California's wildflowers. These twin trends have conspired to reduce the diversity of wildflower species in a Northern California research meadow by 15% over 15 years, according to a study published this week in...
  • Kansas biologists go on a wild goose chase, for science

    Old 1168-07910, as she's now known, was not happy. She'd come to a corner of Riverside Park at the promise of some corn and within minutes was packed tightly in a mesh pen with about 80 of her kind. Human hands came from all directions. White goose...
  • Grizzly bears captured for study as feds consider delisting

    Twenty-four grizzly bears have been captured so far this year in and around Yellowstone National Park as wildlife managers start another season of research toward a potential lifting of federal protections. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team...
  • Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it's humans' fault

    Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it's humans' fault
    A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three quarters of Earth's species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and...