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Bees prefer nectar laced with insecticide

London - As controversy mounts over the U.K.’s decision to allow the limited use of neonic pesticides — troubling new research shows bees are drawn to plants sprayed with the powerful insect-killing chemical.

Seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers

Brighton - A familiar presence at Britain's seaside resorts, seagulls have this summer spread fear after ambushing holidaymakers as they tuck into their fish and chips, and even attacking pets.

Sixth mass extinction is here: US study

Miami - The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warned Friday, and humans could be among the first victims.

New citizen science project launches in the U.K.

London - A huge citizen science project, utilizing more than 850,000 volunteers, has recently expanded its reach to include projects across all of the U.K.

Octopus-inspired robot could save your life in the future

Taking its cue from the agile and transient form of an Octopus robotics engineers have created a prototype arm that could perform invasive surgery.

Video: Protective mother bear goes viral

The warm spring weather brings thousands of flocking visitors to Yellowstone but this mother bear wasn't very happy to see them

Photo Essay: Peru's incredibly biodiverse Ballestas Islands Special

Pisco - Known to many budget minded travelers as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," the Ballestas Islands are a hotbed of magnificent marine fauna just off the coast of Southern Peru.

New Nature Watch project launched in Canada

Toronto - Now spring is here, Nature Watch and the Toronto Zoo are encouraging Canadians to get into their backyards and local parks and contribute to scientific research through citizen science projects.

Colorado lake's goldfish invasion comes to an unexpected end

Boulder - Earlier this month, Colorado wildlife officials were worried about how they would rid one of Boulder's lakes of a massive invasion of goldfish. But after only a few weeks, it seems that nature has taken care of the problem without the help of man.

Canadians set the nature challenge Special

Toronto - An environmental organization is calling on Canadians to put away their computers and turn off the television, and instead spend more time outdoors.

Sexual offending is genetic, according to new study

Are people who commit sexual offences born that way or do they develop sexual aggression through environmental influence? A new study suggests that the cause is genetic.

Op-Ed: Author of 'Wild Soul' talks about a need to plug into nature Special

Sonoma - As our high-tech world gears up to go to the next level of advancing technology, author and public speaker Mary Reynolds Thompson believes if humanity is to survive it must include nature in the problem-solving.

Op-Ed: Water and the future of humanity and environment

Water allows for the existence of all life on Earth, without water a human cannot survive for more than three or four days. Pollution and a changing climate are threatening freshwater and thereby the existence of life as we know it.

Photo Essay: Alberta Rocky Mountains Special

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are located in the West of the province; it is a land of wilderness and nature with many rivers and trails, the Rocky Mountains draw many tourists each year.

Science publications enter into merger mega-deal

London - Major science publisher Macmillan Science and Education, the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, is to join forces with Springer Science+Business Media.

Ravens use social intervention to maintain social structures

Social birds aren't just for Twitter. A recent study on social behavior has revealed a hierarchical structure of dominance and intervention amongst ravens that adds to the ever-growing knowledge of the lives of these peculiar birds.

Environment affects immunity more than genetics

A new study into twins reveals that environmental factors play a greater role in shaping individual immunity than genetic ones.

Science journal Nature opens up its archives

Prestigious science journal Nature has opened up its archives. Users will be able to access articles dating back to 1869 from the journal and its sister titles, but cannot copy, print, or download the materials.

Great Horned Owl caught doing breast stroke

After narrowly escaping the attack of two falcons, a Great Horned Owl is caught swimming to safety in style. How you ask? By doing the breast stroke of course.

VIDEO: Tiny mongoose challenges pride of lions, wins

Narok - It's not everyday you see a mongoose challenging the "King of the Beasts", but that is exactly what one videographer witnessed while filming a pride of lions in Kenya.

Huge, venomous new jellyfish found off of Australian coast

With huge spiders and deadly snakes nature in Australia is already a bit unforgiving. Keesingia gigas is the name of a new type of jellyfish which is adding to the danger with venomous stings.

Cows kill Austrian dog walker

Media from around the world are covering a story about a 45-year-old Austrian woman attacked by a herd of cows. She reportedly died after being stormed by the large group while walking her dog.

Iraq War Veteran receives government citation for therapy ducks

West Lafayette - Veterans deal with post-war integration in many ways. Veteran Darin Welker handled it by taking care of 14 ducks which he used for therapeutic purposes. After a citation he worries his animals will be taken away.

Pope Francis calls exploitation of nature 'sin of our times'

Campobasso - During an address at Italy's University of Molise on Saturday, Pope Francis chastised those who exploit and destroy nature, calling such behavior the "sin of our times".

UN report puts multi-billlion-dollar costs on environmental crime

A new report from the UN places the value of environmental crimes between $70 billion and $213 billion across the world. Funds mostly go to criminal groups, militias and terrorist groups according to the findings.

Couple treads water for 14 hours and survives

A Fort Lauderdale couple fell out of their moving boat and watched it pull away. They treaded water for 14 hours until they were rescued by an unexpected source.

UNESCO warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday warned Australia that the Great Barrier Reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more is not done to protect it.

WildLeaks shows immediate results

Within 24 hours of the site creation the administrators of WildLeaks had a tip on illegal activity in animal trade. Twenty-four different cases of crimes against wildlife have been reported and that number is rising.

Canadian artist infuses florals with emotion Special

Toronto - Artist Bobbie Burgers is one of Canada's most celebrated and popular working artists. Known for her lush, large-scale floral depictions, she's had sold out shows for over 10 years. Her latest exhibition explores emotion and the fleeting nature of beauty.

Body found inside huge crocodile in Australia

After subduing a very large crocodile (4.7 meters or 15.4 feet) Australian authorities have exhumed a body from inside. DNA testing is being done to see if it belongs to a 62-year-old man who was pulled into the water at Kakadu National Park.
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Peace lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum)
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum)
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stunning waterfalls in Croatia
Stunning waterfalls in Croatia
Hedgerow alongside local park was twelve feet high. During January 2011 the council chipped it back ...
Hedgerow alongside local park was twelve feet high. During January 2011 the council chipped it back to just three feet high
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Pro...
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Provincial Park to the Mt. Washington condominium accommodations.
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Pic taken by me  a village in Cherapunji  Meghalaya  India.
Pic taken by me, a village in Cherapunji, Meghalaya, India.
These Photos were taken on November 7  2012 at Greynold s Park in Miami  Florida. They were shot wit...
These Photos were taken on November 7, 2012 at Greynold's Park in Miami, Florida. They were shot with a Kodak easy-share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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Scientists used the same concept of wave motion found in nature.
Scientists used the same concept of wave motion found in nature.
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Fruits of Trinidad
Fruits of Trinidad
Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
This huge lake is known as Spatik Sagar meaning crystal clear ocean or lake. Once the water of the l...
This huge lake is known as Spatik Sagar meaning crystal clear ocean or lake. Once the water of the lake was so clear that the sand-bed of the lake was visible from the bank. However, off late with urbanization and environmental pollution, it's water is no more like a crystal. This lake is located at Amarpur in Tripura, India. Boat riding in the lake during dawn and dusk is popular amongst tourists.
This is Hank  a wonderful mixed breed who lives in Maine.  As you can see  Hank loves the outdoors. ...
This is Hank, a wonderful mixed breed who lives in Maine. As you can see, Hank loves the outdoors. Unfortunately he has cancer and will only get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, for only a couple of more months.
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Quite different than the hazy atmosphere in KL
When looking for a camera look for good functionality in low light and at high speeds. Such as a hig...
When looking for a camera look for good functionality in low light and at high speeds. Such as a high ISO range and a fast shutter speed.
Earth Hour in France
Earth Hour in France
Earth Hour France
The trees around the resort
The trees around the resort
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One of the maps studied by Charles Darwin on board HMS Beagle.
One of the maps studied by Charles Darwin on board HMS Beagle.
John van Wyhe