Scientists: Crawling Robot Reveals How Fish Evolved
Washington, D.C. - Mar 9, 2007 16:36 EST
The first animal to crawl onto land from the ocean probably looked a bit like today's salamander, and researchers have wondered how it was able to switch from swimming to walking. Now, European scientists have built a robot with a...
Worry as Florida Zoo Croc 'Maximo' Stops Feeding; 'He's Testing Us'
St. Augustine, Florida - Mar 9, 2007 15:53 EST
What do you do when a 1,250-pound crocodile turns into a diva? Take him away from his audience.
Officials at the St. Augustine Farm and Zoological Park said Maximo has been refusing for about a month to cooperate for his daily...
Group: Latest Warnings About Mercury in Fish Completely Ignore New Science
Washington, D.C. - Mar 8, 2007 19:11 EST
Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom said that in light of more recent and reliable science, the public should ignore the call for wide-ranging public warnings about mercury in fish issued by the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as...
Mexico Passes Shark Finning Ban, New Protections for Great White, Whale and Basking Sharks, Manta Rays
San Diego, California - Mar 3, 2007 14:40 EST
In a surprising move, the Mexican government has recently published sweeping new regulations and protections for sharks, including a shark finning ban, an extension of the moratorium on new commercial shark fishing permits, and extensive protections for great white sharks,...
Study: Critical Nutrients in Ecosystems Change when Fish Become Extinct
Ithaca, New York - Mar 3, 2007 14:07 EST
Ecosystems are such intricate webs of connections that few studies have been able to explore exactly what happens when a species dies out.
Now, a Cornell study using computer simulations has teased out how the disappearance of a freshwater fish can...
UN: Alien Fish Farming Could Imperil Natives, Change Habitat, Alter Gene Pool
Rome, Italy - Mar 1, 2007 19:56 EST
It might not match the thrills of alien body-invaders-from-outer-space horror movies, but the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is issuing an expanded database to warn of the unintended dangers that can arise from introducing non-endemic species into different...
Studies Shed New Light on Blue Whale Calls and Associated Behavior
La Jolla, California - Feb 27, 2007 15:12 EST
Using a variety of new approaches, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are forging a new understanding of the largest mammals on Earth.
In one recently published study on blue whales, Scripps researchers used a combination...