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Endangered Frogs Go Home To Montserrat

TRINITY, Jersey (UPI) — A critically endangered frog species reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat is surviving in its new home, British conservationists say. The “mountain chicken” frogs had declined by as much as 80 percent in the wild, struck by a fatal fungal disease affecting amphibians globally. Captive-bred frogs are doing well three […]

Implant Gives ‘Useful’ Vision To Blind

LONDON (UPI) — Two British men have regained partial but “useful” vision after being given electronic eye implants in the first successful trial in Britain, scientists say. The patients, suffering from an inherited form of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa, experienced “useful vision” — able to distinguish black from white and see the rough outlines of […]

Ecological Effects Of Disaster Surprising

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) — A massive 2010 earthquake-tsunami in Chile caused the surprising reappearance of long-forgotten beach habitats and species not seen for years, researchers say. Such a result may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster but that’s what happened after the 8.8-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami hit the sandy […]

Controversial Bird Flu Study Is Published

MADISON, Wis. (UPI) — An avian influenza virus in the wild may be just a small step away from spreading effectively between mammals, a controversial U.S study report warns. The study by Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been published online by the journal Nature after months of debate, spurred by fears the […]

Florida In Invasive Fish Fight

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) — Fishermen in Florida say a way to combat snakehead fish taking over some of the state’s freshwater byways is to put the toothy invasive fish on the menu. The Asian invader, dubbed “Frankenfish” for it ugly visage and its alleged ability to breathe air and crawl on land, now occupies […]

New Theory On Dinosaur Extinction Offered

NEW YORK (UPI) — Some dinosaurs may have been on the way to extinction millions of years before an asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, U.S. researchers say. Scientists say their findings show that large herbivores — plant-eating dinosaurs — had been declining for 12 million years before the asteroid hit at the […]

U.S. Cities See Spring Weather Flip-Flop

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Several cities in the U.S. Northeast experienced an unusual flip-flop weather phenomenon with an April that was colder than March, climatologists say. Data released by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University showed 12 cities in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia had colder average temperatures in April than […]

Ancient Fleas Plagued Ancient Dinosaurs

CORVALLIS, Ore. (UPI) — No creature is safe from fleas, not even dinosaurs that had to endure the bites of giant flea-like insects 165 million years ago, a U.S. zoologist says. George Poinar Jr., a zoology professor at Oregon State University who wrote a commentary on the find of fossils of the giant insects by […]

California Meteor Intrigues Scientists

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Fragments of a meteorite that landed in California last week are much more interesting because of their composition than first thought, scientists say. Meteorite hunters found fragments after the meteor was sighted streaking through the sky April 22 and exploding in a fireball. NASA and the SETI Institute in Mountain […]

Communication Towers Said Killing Birds

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Communication towers in North America are responsible for the deaths of nearly 7 million migrating birds as they fly south, researchers say. The 84,000 communication towers that dot North America, some rising as high as 2,000 feet, are proving deadly to birds migrating from Canada and the United States to Central […]

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