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Can Captive Dolphins Return to the Wild?

In early January 2011 Jeff Foster, a 55-year-old marine mammal expert from Seattle, arrived on the stony shore of a pristine bay near the small village of Karaca, situated in a corner of the Gulf of Gökova on Turkey’s southwest coast. Just offshore was a collection of floating pens used to farm …

Why to Fight for the World's Last Wild Places

A 9,000-mile long journey in the steps of two writers who celebrated the American West.<p>David Gessner was car-camping in the American West when he picked up Edward Abbey’s classic book, <i>Desert Solitaire</i>. It changed his life. Later, after being diagnosed with cancer, he moved to Colorado, and …

If you give an octopus a camera

… she’s going to want to take a picture. An octopus at a New Zealand aquarium trains a camera on visiting tourists.<p>Meet the world’s first …

New Zealand

Can Scientists Turn Birds Back Into Dinosaur Ancestors?

We know they evolved from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, but it remains to be discovered precisely how the DNA of ground-running dinosaurs changed–a transformation that turned arms into wings, produced aerodynamic feathers, and created a beak. It’s possible that some clues to those genetic …

Watch Two Men In Jetpacks Fly Above Dubai [Video]

Remaining 7 billion humans wonder where their jetpacks are<p>The future is unevenly distributed in favor of the United Arab Emirates. Recently, two men donned jetpacks and flew into the night air above Dubai. Yves “Jetman” Rossi previously flew over the Emirati desert in his custom-built wing with …

Squid-Like Rover Could Explore Salty Seas of Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Dark streaks on Jupiter's moon Europa are likely sea salt, implying conditions that favor life under its icy crust. But exploration of the frozen oceans may require a very strange, biologically inspired rover.<p>NASA scientists reported Tuesday that the mysterious streaks on the icy moon's surface are …

Astronomy

To Save Birds And Bats, Create Wildlife Refuges In The Sky

You have entered bat airspace, turn back now<p>There are wildlife refuges in all 50 states and territories protecting animals both on the land and in the water. But what about up in the sky?<p>Plenty of birds, bats, and other flying creatures die every year either by slamming into buildings or getting …

How Bird Beaks Got Their Start As Dinosaur Snouts

Scientists say they have reversed a bit of bird evolution in the lab and re-created a dinosaurlike snout in developing chickens.<p>"In this work, we can clearly see a comeback of the characteristics which we see in some of the first birds," says Arhat Abzhanov, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard …

Paleontology