| Mar 19, 2015
| 6:07 PM
It started with wanting to build a bar code reader to identify zebras in Africa by scanning their unique stripes from afar.
More than five years later and led by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Tanya Berger-Wolf, scientists from three American...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 3:06 PM
Here's the estimated price for restoring two declining coral species found in South Florida and the Caribbean: About $250 million.
How long will it take? 400 years or so (assuming all goes smoothly).
No one expected it would be easy to restore elkhorn...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 6:19 PM
The blue crab is an iconic species in the Chesapeake Bay, but it isn't exclusive — its range runs from the Caribbean and parts of South America on north to Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
But in the past few years, blue crab have been spotted even...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 3:59 PM
A landmark report — 10 years in the making — looked at critically imperiled plants at Everglades National Park and found that 16 of them may already have vanished from there.
Possible culprits? The same threats faced by the park's endangered...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 9:53 AM
What does an ocean-going titaness do after she has the lost the ability to bear young?
Well, for starters, she goes on living--sometimes past the ripe old age of 90, while male killer whales over 50 are dying off in droves. Throughout the animal...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 9:59 PM
Researchers from Yale University believe they have deciphered the neurological mechanism that causes the "munchies," that inexplicable urge to eat that has led generations of marijuana users to consume untold numbers of nachos, Twinkies and Doritos.
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:27 PM
Sam Longfellow spotted a furious cluster of gray and white feathers shrieking high in a tree outside his home in Southern Maryland.
"It's a bald eagle," he called to his wife, Jaime. "Wait — two bald eagles."
The birds were hanging upside down,...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 9:45 AM
Tatqiq, a polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is part of a research project aimed at finding ways to arrest the sharp decline of her species in the wild due to global warming.
For several hours each day recently, the 14-year-old, 520-pound female has...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 2:43 PM
The brackets have been filled out; the fans are psyched; the competitors are pawing at the ground.
Or, in the case of the pygmy marmoset, climbing down from the trees.
Will the dwarf mongoose beat the dormouse? Can the giant bushy-tailed cloud rat...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 4:41 PM
Once a threatened species in Illinois, a bobcat was spotted by a Wauconda resident earlier this week on private property near a Lake County Forest Preserve.
The resident took photos of the tan bobcat and sent them to Wauconda and Fremont Township...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 4:10 PM
The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago.
The 100-pound male wolf was pursuing a bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert's rugged Providence Mountains in 1922 when a steel-jaw...