- Study: Mammals thrive in Chernobyl exclusion zone Updated: Oct-07-15 11:54 am
MOSCOW - Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says.
- Correction: Aspen Trees-Disease story Updated: Oct-05-15 7:04 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - In a story Oct. 3 about a disease affecting aspen trees, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of a forest entomologist and an eastern Arizona forest. The entomologist is John Anhold, not Ahold. The forest is the Apache-Sitgreaves.
- North Dakota drone team goes to Canada to study wildlife Updated: Oct-02-15 6:06 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History who have spent five decades studying ecology in the polar bear capital of Canada had help this past summer from an unmanned aircraft team from the University of North Dakota.
- Managers consider how to save southern New England lobsters Updated: Oct-02-15 3:30 am
OLD LYME, Connecticut - An interstate regulatory committee is set to meet to discuss new management possibilities for southern New England's imperiled lobster population.
- New plan advances success in saving imperiled Wyoming toad Updated: Oct-01-15 7:10 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A new recovery plan for the Wyoming toad announced Thursday seeks to carry forward recent success in finally getting the critically endangered amphibian to survive in the wild.
- Killer bees found in San Francisco Bay Area for first time Updated: Sep-29-15 5:37 pm
LAFAYETTE, California - Africanized honeybees, known as killer bees because of their swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when a colony is threatened, have made their way to the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time, researchers say.
- Favorable conditions help spawn oak leaf itch mite boom Updated: Sep-29-15 2:04 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - People in the Kansas City region may soon feel the bite as favorable weather and environmental conditions have led to a boom in the oak leaf itch mite population.
- Weavers in Guam say beetles could destroy traditional craft Updated: Sep-27-15 5:11 pm
HAGATNA, Guam - Guam's traditional weavers say they're worried that their craft could disappear if invasive coconut rhino beetles continue to destroy local trees.
- New butterfly, Sleepy Orange, thriving on Hawaiian islands Updated: Sep-26-15 4:14 pm
HONOLULU - It has taken only two years for a new butterfly to spread to every Hawaiian island, making its home everywhere from sea level to 6,800 feet up the slopes of Haleakala on Maui, according to University of Hawaii researchers.
- Advocates: Oyster farming may hurt threatened shorebirds Updated: Sep-26-15 10:58 am
Environmentalists and coastal researchers say New Jersey's efforts to establish commercial oyster farms in shallow coastal waters may be jeopardizing a threatened shorebird.
- Study: Global warming, evolution are clipping bees' tongues Updated: Sep-24-15 3:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Global warming and evolution are reshaping the bodies of some American bumblebees, a new study finds.
- Biologist hopes the bat caves are full on Catalina Island Updated: Sep-23-15 11:09 pm
AVALON, California - How many kinds of bats are there on Catalina Island? It's a surprisingly tough question. Eight, 10, a dozen?
- Insect researcher: Drones will help feed growing population Updated: Sep-23-15 8:38 pm
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota - A college professor who studies insects said Wednesday that unmanned aircraft can help grow better crops and produce more food, but it's going to take more cooperation among researchers to pull it off.
- UNL's Entomology Department to hold BugFest this weekend Updated: Sep-19-15 5:01 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - All things creepy and crawly is the subject of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln event this weekend.
- Bee stings, research that makes you go 'huh?' win Ig Nobels Updated: Sep-17-15 10:41 pm
BOSTON - A Cornell University graduate student who allowed honeybees to sting him in 25 places and a group of scientists who concluded it's possible for one man to father 888 children are among the winners of this year's Ig Nobels, which honor humorous scientific achievement.
- Shark-bitten marine mammals found on Oregon beaches Updated: Sep-17-15 8:39 pm
ASTORIA, Oregon - In at least one telling of the story, a local surfer is out looking for waves in the ocean off Fort Stevens State Park around this same time several years ago.
- Captive snake with no male companion gives birth - again Updated: Sep-17-15 2:44 pm
ST. LOUIS - For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.
- Wyoming biologists monitor bats for white-nose syndrome Updated: Sep-17-15 1:06 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - The tiny creature twisted, turned and struggled, caught between a biologist's gloved fingers. Its mouth was open and eyes squeezed shut like a toddler throwing a tantrum.
- Omaha high school class observes decomposing fetal pig Updated: Sep-15-15 5:42 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - Students at an Omaha high school have been observing a decomposing fetal pig in a forensic science class.
- Emerald ash borers destroying trees in Champaign-Urbana area Updated: Sep-13-15 10:23 am
URBANA, Illinois - An invasive insect species has been wreaking havoc on ash trees throughout central Illinois this summer.
- Swarming bees could be caused by El Nino Updated: Sep-12-15 4:31 pm
HONOLULU - Bees have been swarming on Hawaii and experts say warm weather caused by El Nino may be responsible.
- Feds to rule on Glacier Park insect endangerment within year Updated: Sep-11-15 4:27 am
WEST GLACIER, Montana - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide whether a rare aquatic insect that's found only in Glacier National Park should be protected under the Endangered Species Act within the year.
- Hawaii to study rats introduced to Lehua Island Updated: Sep-10-15 8:28 pm
HONOLULU - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is partnering with a nonprofit group to study rats that have been introduced to an uninhabited island north of Niihau.
- Scientists link oil exposure to reduced survival of fish Updated: Sep-08-15 7:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal scientists have determined that extremely low levels of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez caused heart problems in embryonic fish, a conclusion that could shape how damage is assessed in other major spills.