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Mediterranean sharks risk 'disappearing': conservationists

Paris - Sharks -- the sea's top predators for millions of years -- are at risk of disappearing from the Mediterranean as overfishing and plastic pollution choke populations of the endangered hunters, conservationists warned Friday.

Russia releases first whales held in 'jail'

Moscow - A number of whales and orcas captured to perform in aquariums and held in cramped pens have been released into the wild, but experts warned the mammals may not survive after being held in captivity for months.

Zebras' stripes control their body temperature: Study

Oxford - It's been a long standing conundrum for biologists, relating to the issue of why zebra have stripes? For some scientists there is no purpose; for others it is camouflage. As to the real answer? Scientists are getting a little warmer.

Seeking the ultimate wellbeing? You need two hours of nature

Stressed? Finding modern life too much? The solution, according to new research, is two hours a week spent outdoors close to nature, as the key dose of for good mental health.

'Landscape of fear': how invasive species disrupt habitats

Apo - Invasive species can dramatically reshape environments and cause extinction, even when they don't prey on their newfound neighbours, according to new research that highlights the dangers of altering habitats.

Illegal hunting threatens songbird prized as delicacy: study

Washington - Every year, nearly five million breeding pairs of ortolan buntings -- a type of tiny songbird classified as endangered in several countries -- migrate from Europe to Africa for the winter.

Influential excrement: How life in Antarctica thrives on penguin poop

Washington - For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet.

Aussie scientists find antidote for deadly box jellyfish sting

Sydney - Australian researchers believe they have found an antidote to a sting from the world's most venomous creature, the much-feared box jellyfish.

Thai cave boy divers explore new tunnel in Vietnam

Hanoi - Three divers who helped rescue a Thai football team last year have made a fresh discovery in Vietnam where they explored a tunnel that could expand the footprint of the world's largest cave.

Is that a bobcat? Only AI can truly tell

Here’s a conundrum: when is a bobcat not a bobcat? Here’s a second: when is a bobcat in fact a copycat, like a lynx? From a distance and in the wild interpreting such observations is not easy. AI can help with this.

Look into the eyeball: How animals see

Manchester - New research has revealed how animals see, by the use of a novel chemical compound. The compound stimulates retinal neurons under low-light conditions, triggering retinal activity to increase.

Tiny killer threatens giant clam, aquatic emblem of the Med

Villefranche-sur-mer - With wing-shaped shells lined with iridescent mother-of-pearl and producing the fibres of rare and delicate sea silk, the noble pen shell clam is one of the most emblematic species in the Mediterranean and a bellwether for marine environmental health.

Shark attacks woman, child at popular Australian tourist site

Sydney - A woman and a child were bitten by a shark in the popular Whitsunday Islands near Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Thursday in the latest of a string of such attacks, reports and officials said.

Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion'

Sydney - Highly venomous jellyfish have stung more than three thousand people on Australia's northeastern shores in just a few days, authorities said Monday, forcing the closure of several beaches.

Research shows dramatic impact of Australian shark culls

Sydney - Australian researchers believe they have detected a dramatic decline in shark numbers over the last half century, findings that could challenge the use of culls as a way of responding to attacks.

Using AI to identify animals from photos

Scientists have taught a deep neural network to classify wildlife species using over three million camera images of 27 species of animals taken across different areas of the U.S. The AI was then used to examine animal images and identify the species.

Op-Ed: Top six children's books of 2018

With 10 months into the year, Digital Journal lists its top six children's books, all of which deal with eclectic topics. These book choices are arranged in no particular order.

The art of living and thriving in the Amazon river basin

Matupa - Learning to swim in the Amazon river basin also means learning to avoid flesh-eating piranhas and snapping caimans.Residents of the Mamiraua and Amana Sustainable Development Reserves, deep in the Amazon rainforest, are experts at the art of survival.

Review: Nature photographer, gardener releases 'Sunflower Circle' book Special

Author, gardener and nature photographer Scott Wright has released his new children's book "Sunflower Circle." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Thousands swim between continents in famed Istanbul race

Istanbul - Thousands of people, some serious racers but others plucky amateurs, swam from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul on Sunday in Turkey's most iconic swimming race.

Long way home as Przewalski's horses fly to Mongolia

Their violent kicks rattle the small army plane flying over Siberia as it transports the four rare horses from Prague to the vast Mongolian steppe where the once near-extinct species is slowly recovering.

Lithuanians seek identity in their pagan roots

Vilnius - Dancing around a blazing fire with garlands of wildflowers in their hair, members of Lithuania's Romuva neo-pagan community mark the summer solstice, as the Baltic state undergoes a revival of its pre-Christian beliefs.

Artificial intelligence used to identify and count wild animals

Scientists have devised an artificial intelligence platform that can be used to identify, count, and describe wild animals. A trial was recently run as part of a citizen science project.

Trump administration moves to lift ban on bear baiting in Alaska

Washington - The Trump administration on Tuesday presented a plan to roll back Obama-era rules preventing hunters in some protected zones in Alaska from luring bears with bait including bacon and donuts, and using spotlights at den sites to hunt black bear cubs and...

Traumatised bears, wolves find solace at Greek sanctuary

Skl - Orphaned as an infant, three-year-old Patrick takes a wary view of visitors. He crouches low, licks his claws and starts humming -- a bear's equivalent of thumb-sucking.

Macron bringing tree sapling as gift to White House: Fox

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron hopes an oak sapling that he will give his American counterpart Donald Trump next week will be planted at the White House as a symbol of lasting friendship, he told Fox News on Friday.

Bolivia's jaguars facing threat from Chinese fang craze

La Paz - Bolivia's once-thriving jaguar population is loping into the cross-hairs of a growing threat from poachers responding to growing Chinese demand for the animal's teeth and skull.

Latin America's 'magic tree' slowly coming back to life

Arroyo Arena - The guaimaro, a highly prized tree bearing nutritious fruit, once abundant throughout South America, is slowly being coaxed back from near extinction in Colombia.Widely adaptable, the tree is resistant to drought -- though not, sadly, to man.

Biodiversity crisis summit kicks off in Colombia

Medell - A comprehensive, global appraisal of mass species extinction -- and what can be done to reverse it -- kicked off in Colombia's second-largest city Saturday, with more than 750 experts in attendance.

Essential Science: Is our microbiome based on genetics?

The nature vs. nurture debate is one of the most hotly debated areas of science, in terms of predicting physiological outcomes. This issue has been reignited in terms of the human microbiome in a new study from Israel.
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