Science | Flora and Fauna

Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

The ecosystem has collapsed for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system, according to new research. Scientists are learning which corals are the "winners" and "losers."

Pacific Ocean | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

Nation | Science | Flora and Fauna

Welcome, 'Little One': Critically Endangered Gorilla Born At National Zoo

He's named "Moke," which is a Lingala word meaning "little one." He's the first of his kind to be born at the National Zoo in nine years, perfect and wrinkly and clinging to his mother.

Science | Flora and Fauna

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Unlike humans, bird embryos don't have an oxygen pipeline from their mothers. They develop inside eggs in a nest. Skunk Bear's latest video explains why these pre-hatchlings don't suffocate.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Magnetic Fields Are A Big Predictor Of A Loggerhead Turtle's Genes

You might expect turtles that live near each other or in similar environments would be genetically similar. But new research shows that magnetic fields actually have more to do with genetic likeness.

Science | Arts | Environment | Flora and Fauna

A Thank You To NPR's Science Commentary Readers

For six and a half years, Barbara J. King has written commentaries for NPR on everything from animals and anthropology to gender and higher education. Here, she offers up some of her favorite pieces.

World | Food | Flora and Fauna

Australia Investigates After 2,400 Sheep Die On Ship To Qatar

"They just died in front of us," said a whistleblower to 60 Minutes Australia. "You are just putting live animals into the oven." The government is investigating the summer live export industry.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Environment | local | News

Washington Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Washington regulators turn down shellfish growers' request to use pesticide on native shrimp.

Business | Nation | Technology | Food | Flora and Fauna

When Robots Milk Cows, Farm Families Taste Freedom

On a growing number of dairy farms, cows, not people, decide when they need to be milked. Robots can do the job day or night. For some farm families, the robots free them from rigid milking schedules.


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