Animals

  • The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after the land was stripped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several advocates, including elected leaders, are protesting the move.
    Courtesy of Mathew Tekulsky
    7:23pm Feb 06, 2013
    National National Environment

    Wildlife Advocates Fume Over Army Corps' Razing Of Reserve

    A 48-acre area in California that housed more than 200 species of birds was stripped bare by the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the land. The Corps says the clearing was necessary to improve flood control and discourage homeless camps and drug dealing, but some are questioning whether the agency violated rules that protect wetlands and waterfowl.
  • 1:03pm Feb 01, 2013
    Science Science

    How Owls Turn Heads

    A mystery of the animal kingdom: how do owls turn their heads 270 degrees without damaging their blood vessels? At last an answer, published this week in Science. Fabian de Kok-Mercado and Philippe Gailloud dissected and x-rayed owls to discover how the birds do the twist.
  • 1:03pm Feb 01, 2013
    Science Science

    Dung Beetles Use Cosmic GPS to Find Their Way

    When the sun goes down, dung beetles rely on a galactic source--light from the Milky Way--to navigate, according to a recent report in Current Biology. Study co-author Eric Warrant, of Lund University in Sweden, explains how dung beetles see the starry night sky.
  • 1:03pm Jan 25, 2013
    Science Science

    Canine Mystery: How Dogs Became Man's Best Friend

    Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, but scientists have long debated precisely how--and when--it happened. With archaeological records and genetic research leading to different hypotheses, are we any closer to understanding how dogs became man's best friend?
  • Two chimps groom each other at the Save the Chimps facility in Florida. The National Institutes of Health owns about 360 chimpanzees that aren't yet retired and that are living at research facilities; new guidelines say most of its chimps should be retire
    Save the Chimps
    3:56pm Jan 23, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps

    An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
  • Hannah and Marty eat watermelon snacks at the Save the Chimps sanctuary.
    Save the Chimps
    10:06pm Jan 18, 2013
    Science Science

    Figuring How To Pay For (Chimp) Retirement

    The National Institutes of Health owns or supports almost 700 chimps. But the question of where they go when no longer needed for research is a thorny one: NIH money to support retired chimps in sanctuaries has been limited by Congress.
  • 8:01am Jan 15, 2013

    Stock Market Cat Shows Wealth Managers Who's Boss

    Britain's Observer newspaper ran a 2012 investment challenge pitting stockbrokers and wealth managers against Orlando. The calculating kitty chose stocks by batting a toy mouse onto a grid of options. The cat's portfolio came out ahead.