Flora and Fauna | Food | Science

Altering A Species: Darwin's Shopping List

Few scientific discoveries have caused as much excitement as that of editing our genes; yet we owe some of the most stunning wonders around us to old-fashioned breeding practices, says Jimena Canales.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Land | local

Oregon Group Sues Forest Service To Protect Threatened Plant Species

Conservationists in northeast Oregon are suing the U.S. Forest Service for reauthorizing livestock grazing on 44,000 acres of grasslands within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

Flora and Fauna | Food | Health

Showing Love Through Food May Be Making Our Pets Obese And Unhappy

Over half of the dogs and cats around the globe battle the bulge. A pet obesity specialist says a deep human-animal bond may inadvertently be causing unhealthy emotional and physical consequences.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Food | Science

Government Scientists Say A Controversial Pesticide Is Killing Endangered Salmon

The insecticide chlorpyrifos, already under attack for its risk to small children, may be killing salmon as well. The National Marine Fisheries Service is recommending restrictions on its use.

Flora and Fauna | Science

Is This Gorilla Mother Consciously Protecting Her Baby?

In response to a report of "heroic" behavior by a female mountain gorilla aiming to protect her baby, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores questions of conscious awareness of infanticide in apes.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Science

'Butterfly Tongues' Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?

Flora and Fauna | World | Science

Australia's Heat Wave Fries Bats' Brains, Hundreds Found Dead

Sweltering temperatures killed bats over the weekend outside of Sydney as temperatures soared up to 117 Fahrenheit, the hottest it's been since 1939.

Flora and Fauna | Science

Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground

Like many reptiles, the sex of a turtle is determined by how warm the egg is as it's being incubated. And small temperature differences can cause dramatic changes in the male-to-female ratio.

Flora and Fauna | Science | Nation | Health

It's Not Just A Cold, It's 'Sickness Behavior'

Feeling grumpy and antisocial because you've got a cold? That's not just a random side effect. It's your body saying hey, slow down and rest so you can get better.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Food | Nation | Science

Soaring Popularity Of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass

Since the mid-'90s, levels of crude protein in the plants, which cattle need to grow, have dropped nearly 20 percent, and it may just be a matter of time before prairie grasses can't support grazing.


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