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Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins

Paris - A species of Mexican fish amasses in reproductive orgies so loud they can deafen other sea animals, awed scientists said Wednesday, calling for preservation of the "spectacle" threatened by overfishing.

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide

Miami - They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution -- but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday.

Bear shot in Italy after attacking walker

Rome - A brown bear has been shot dead by forest rangers in Italy after it mauled a walker in the northeastern Trentino region last month, local media said Sunday. The bear, a female identified as KJ2, was also suspected of injuring a tourist in 2015.

Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees

Paris - To check the beehives he has set up on the roof of the sprawling Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the River Seine, Audric de Campeau slips on a harness over tan-coloured trousers.

Activists sound alarm over Russia's whale trade

Moscow - A young beluga whale looks down as it is winched in a net onto the deck of a rusty Russian ship moored at a far-eastern port. "Don't forget us, bitch!

Why corn is best used for food and not for biofuels

Should corn production be orientated more towards biofuels, as a green energy alternative, or for food? This debate has continued to run since biofuel technology has come to the fore. A new report argues that the biofuel argument has lost credibility.

Sound of the ocean: Lionfish roar recorded for the first time

The sounds of the ocean remain hard to capture using audio equipment, however researchers have Lionfish have been recorded making sounds for the first time

The impact crater that destroyed many species discovered

Port Stanley - According to researchers from New York University, a basin in the Falkland Islands shows traits of a large impact crater. This could be the largest ever recorded on the planet and the one responsible for wiping out most of the life on Earth.

Second lease of life for abused circus bears in Ukraine

Zhytomyr - Dental treatment by the best vets, open-air accommodation and fresh fish instead of dubious leftovers and abuse -- life has changed markedly for brown bears rescued from Ukrainian circuses and restaurants.

Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro

Podgorica - Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.

Diver finds first-ever European cave fish

Miami - A diver spotted an unusual pink fish swimming in an underwater grotto in Germany, and researchers now say it is the first known cave fish ever discovered in Europe.

Why pandas are black and white revealed in new study

Ever wondered why pandas are black and white? A new zoological study has unraveled the answers. The giant panda's distinct black-and-white markings have two functions: camouflage and communication.

Secret lives of wasps revealed by biologists

New social patterns relating to the social behaviors of wasps have been revealed. Biologists have found that wasps have trading partners and compete for the 'best trade deals.

Cheetahs facing extinction risk

The world's cheetah population is rapidly moving towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. There are only 7,100 of the world's fastest animals left.

Power of the coconut crab's claw tested

Researchers from Japan have assessed the strength of the coconut crab’s “mighty claw”, and found it to be greater than most predators’ jaws, including the jaw of the black bear.

Climate change affects nearly all life on Earth

Miami - Most life on Earth is already being changed by the warming climate, even though the rise in global temperature since pre-industrial times has been rather slight, researchers warned on Thursday.

Earth's vertebrates fall drastically over four decades

The Earth’s wildlife is facing something of a crisis. Earth's vertebrates have fallen 58 percent in past four decades, according to a new survey.

'World's deepest flooded cave' discovered in Czech Republic

Prague - A Czech-Polish team said Friday it had discovered the world's deepest underwater cave in the eastern Czech Republic.

Iconic natural arch collapses on Moroccan beach

Rabat - They were among Morocco's best-known natural wonders: two immense rock archways towering over Legzira beach on the Atlantic coast. But on Friday afternoon one of them collapsed.

Mass horseshoe crab die-off in Japan

Hundreds of Japanese horseshoe crabs have mysteriously washed up dead on several beaches. The strange phenomenon is being investigated.

World's first for UK Zoo — Hatching of 200 Montserrat tarantulas

Cheshire England's Chester Zoo has succeeded in becoming the first zoo in the world to successfully breed the rare Montserrat tarantula, announcing the birth of a clutch of 200 little spiderlings on August 8, 2016.

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, researchers say

Miami - Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates -- or creatures with a spine -- with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers said.

Saving bees: France's thriving city hives offer token help

Lille - Urban rooftops are buzzing across France, but the fad for beekeeping from Montpellier to Lille to Paris -- including atop AFP's headquarters -- will do little do reverse declining bee populations, experts say.

Bees spit water at each other to cool down

New York - It's very hot weather so it's natural to seek air conditioning. Bees, it has recently been revealed, have a natural way to keep cool. Some bees have been observed spitting water at each other.

Israel's batwoman works in secret to heal winged friends

- Israel's batwoman works in secret, out of an erstwhile chicken coop in central Israel.There Nora Lifschitz, a purple-haired 29-year-old and longtime animal rights activist, nurses hundreds of fruit bats back to health.

Blame flows freely as West Bank taps run dry

Salfit - Fatma Ali stands in her small patch of garden in the parched West Bank and wonders how to feed her family of seven when she's had no water in nearly a week.

Star Wars adds its name to new species of hairy weevil

A new species of hairy weevil has been named after the Star Wars character Chewbacca, the 200 year-old Wookie. The insect has been named 'Trigonopterus chewbacca.'

Fifth of world's plants under threat, warns Kew Gardens

London - A fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom.

Poland approves logging Europe's last primeval forest

Varsovia - Poland on Friday gave the go ahead for large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest intended to combat a spruce bark beetle infestation, despite scientists, ecologists and the EU protesting the move in Europe's last primeval woodland.

Bird revives another bird: Video

Are birds capable of altruistic behavior? A new video suggests so. The scene, shot in Saudi Arabia, shows a robin slapping wings and stroking unconscious partners using its beak. The bird regains consciousness and flies away.
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