| Nov 12, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Conservation organizations on Wednesday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force it to complete a long overdue, legally required recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, the lobo of Southwestern lore.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Playing a computer game or letting your mind go to its happy place might one day ease a migraine, administer drugs or prevent epileptic seizures, according to Swiss bioengineers who pulled off a strange mind-over-gene trick.
The researchers took...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON The U.S. government is proposing a new level of protection for certain freshwater turtles, concerned that a massive increase in overseas demand for the reptiles could hurt their long-term prospects.
The proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 11:39 PM
To the editor: Biologist Terrie M. Williams' response to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and his "wastebook" demagoguery should draw the attention of responsible and thinking Americans. ("As species decline, so does research funding," Op-Ed, Nov. 6)
| Nov 7, 2014
| 1:19 AM
As the weather cools, manatees will start streaming into South Florida for a few months of basking in warm water, munching seagrass and trying to avoid getting hit by boats.
Manatee season officially begins Nov. 15, when seasonal boat speed limits take...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 4:47 PM
As I rubbed the frostbite out of my hands on returning from a seal survey on Antarctic ice recently, I was informed that I had the dubious distinction of making the Top 5 in the 2014 list of wasteful scientists compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:26 AM
When Daniel Promislow jogs with his Weimaraner, Silver, it pains him to see age creeping up on the 11-year-old canine.
"Month by month, he gets slower and slower," said Promislow, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Washington. His other dog,...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Designing medications and immune therapies that blunt a drug addict's high and help him kick his habit is a promising idea. And someday soon it is expected to yield actual medications for addiction. But there's a fundamental problem with prescribing an...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Mothers are more likely to respond to their infant's vocal cues than fathers, and infants respond preferentially to mother's voice, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that mothers may be more likely to vocalize back and forth with female...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:05 AM
SEATTLE When scientists on a boat in the Gulf of Alaska pulled their net in August, they saw something stunning: a live ocean sunfish.
Mostly found in the tropics or temperate waters, these giant 6-foot-long snub-bodied creatures are incredibly rare in...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Their wings spanning 10 feet or more as they glide serenely above Colombia's Andes, condors are majestic physical specimens. They have been important symbols here since pre-colonial times, when indigenous tribes saw them as messengers of the gods and...