Biology

Male Sage Grouse (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Biologists Question Federal Plans To Protect Sage Grouse Bird

The government is preparing insufficient protections for a ground-dwelling bird that has declined significantly over the past century and soon will face a possible endangered species listing.

03/13/2015

A Great White Shark swims in Shark Alley near Dyer Island on July 8, 2010 in Gansbaai, South Africa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Floating Robot Tech Lets You Track Great White Sharks Swimming Along California Coast In Real Time

For the first time ever, online and in real time, scientists as well as the public can detect and track the locations of white sharks along California’s central coast.

01/29/2015

(Melissa Galieti)

VIDEO: Rare White Dolphin Spotted In Monterey Bay

Sticking out like a sore thumb, a white dolphin was spotted amongst gray dolphins gliding across the Monterey Bay on Jan. 25.

01/29/2015

A goat feeds on weeds.

Park Service Will Deploy Herd Of Goats To Chomp Invasive Plants At Point Reyes

Officials with Point Reyes National Seashore will begin an experiment next week to reduce the invasive plant species on about 12 acres of national parkland.

01/18/2015

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Lasers, Chemical Soup Used To Re-Create What May Be Life’s First Spark On Earth

The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. They ended up creating what can be considered crucial pieces of the building blocks of life.

12/09/2014

Birds Fly Over Central Valley Rice Field

Conservationists Rent California Rice Fields As Habitat For Drought-Threatened Migrating Birds

With severe drought covering 95 percent of California, ‘pop-up wetlands’ are one of the few tools that conservationists have to help stave off possible bird die-offs this fall.

09/13/2014

Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog

Threat To Endangered Frogs Puts Tahoe Tree-Thinning Project On Hold

The U.S. Forest Service will postpone a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe after a lawsuit raised concern about its effect on an endangered frog species.

08/11/2014

A contact lens with embedded circuitry designed to monitor glucose levels of diabetes patients. (Google)

Google Teams Up With Swiss Firm To Develop Smart Contact Lens For Diabetics, Visually Impaired

Google takes a giant step forward in bringing its smart contact lens technology to the masses by partnering with a Swiss pharmaceutical company that plans to use the lens to improve vision and monitor health conditions.

07/15/2014

Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory. Larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. Sexual cannibalism is common among mantises in captivity, and under some circumstances may also be observed in the field. The female may start feeding by biting off the male's head and if mating had begun, the male's movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperms. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sexual Cannibalism: Who Are The Most Feared Lovers In The Animal Kingdom?

Pat Benatar famously sang “Love is a Battlefield”, but for some species that practice sexual cannibalism, it couldn’t be clearer.

02/14/2014

Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada

Lake Tahoe Scientists Press For Research To Remove Invasive Fish

Scientists studying invasive species at Lake Tahoe are looking forward to a chance to press for more long-term research when Al Gore returns to an environmental summit next weekend.

08/11/2013

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