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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.

Photo essay: Alberta's winter bird species Special

As winter sets in across Alberta many bird species head south, but even with the cold weather and deep snow some birds stick around. They are the hardy few, which make Alberta and Canada their year-round home.

Animal patterns follow a mathematical formula

The direction of the stripes found on a tiger or a zebra, or the more intricate markings on a cheetah, may have a scientific explanation according to a science group. The team have developed an equation that explains animal stripes.

Man survives on ants for six days in remote Australia

Perth - A man missing for six days in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water was found Tuesday after surviving by eating black ants, police said.

Time in nature fights depression, diabetes, ADHD, cancer and more

Urbana - After reviewing hundreds of clinical studies, scientists have found that simply spending time in nature has "huge, broad effects on health" and the immune system.

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.

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.
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