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Fishing, Chinese medicine, and a crazy-looking snout are driving sawfish to extinction

For millennia, the sawfish could comfortably claim to have won the evolutionary lottery. Its long, saw-shaped snout is lined with teeth and so packed with nerves that it detects the slightest of movements, enabling the ray-like creature to impale or bludgeon passing prey in a single swipe as it …

Fish

World Oceans Day 2014: Together, We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean

Changing Planet<p>A dolphin gets up close and personal with the camera. (Photograph by Matt Weiss)<p>World Oceans Day providesa unique opportunity once a year to honor our world’s ocean that connects us all, and this weekend you can join with people in communities around the world to mark the day in a …

Are butter, cheese and meat that bad?

"To eat, or not to eat?" For many people these days, that really is the question.<p>For the past four decades, we've been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese -- foods high in saturated fats -- because saturated fat is bad for the heart.<p>But investigative reporter Nina Teicholz says that …

Let There Be Light

Few artists paint from the perspective that "You're only as big as the canvas that's facing you." Sculpted by the father-and-son team of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the few exceptions to the rule. After receiving Congressional approval, the project …

San Francisco Bay Area

Man In Underpants Causes Delays On M8 Motorway In North Lanarkshire (PICTURE)

A man who spent the morning wandering around a busy motorway in his boxer shorts has been detained by police.<p>The man, clad in just green tartan …

Europe's vultures under threat from drug that killed millions of birds in Asia

After an ecological disaster in India, wildlife groups call for ban on vets using diclofenac in Italy and Spain<p>Wildlife groups have launched a Europe-wide campaign to outlaw a newly approved veterinary drug that has caused the deaths of tens of millions of vultures in Asia. They say that the …

Rising sea levels expose Pacific war graves

Rising sea levels have disturbed the graves of at least 26 soldiers buried during World War Two, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands has said at UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.<p>Tony de Brum blamed climate change for rising sea levels that are threatening the existence of the …

Meet The Horrible Ocean Monster That Ate A Nine-Foot-Long Great White Shark

Yesterday we told you about “something in the ocean eating Great White Sharks,” and then we made a bunch of Australia jokes, because that’s how we make sense of the things we fear the most. Anyway, our own Dan Seitz hypothesized that a giant squad could have been the ocean beast chowing on Jaws, …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Immune System

Bee Facts: Interesting Tidbits About The Buzzers, And How You Can Save Them From Disappearing

<i>From Vetstreet's Lisa Granshaw:</i><p>There are a lot of misconceptions about bees, from the belief that they sting at the slightest provocation to the perception that they are all black and yellow. Don’t Step on a Bee Day, celebrated every year on July 10, hopes to set things straight by highlighting …

72 million-year-old dinosaur tail unearthed in nearly perfect condition

The fossilized remains of a truly ancient dinosaur have been discovered in the north-Mexican state of Coahuila. Remarkably preserved for their estimated age of 72 million years, the 50 vertebrae that were dug up once formed the basis for a 15-foot tail that was attached to a 40-foot dinosaur. …

Big break in dolphin die-off: It’s an ‘outbreak’ of measles-like virus

Genetic tests have confirmed that an outbreak of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus is playing a major role in the massive dolphin die-off on the Mid-Atlantic coast.<p>This is the second big strike for the virus, which was the chief agent behind a wave of infections that struck bottlenose …

Dolphins

Gambling with Civilization

The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World<p>by William D. Nordhaus<p>Yale University Press, 378 pp., $30.00<p>1.<p>Forty years ago …

The Other Tunnel

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

Antarctica

Epic 360-degree selfie will give you wanderlust

You've never seen anything quite like this. This incredible around-the-world video selfie took three years to film and is sure to make you want to hop a plane.<p>By attaching a GoPro camera to a long stick, extreme adventurer Alex Chacón documented himself in an astonishing 360-degree video selfie …

Taj Mahal

The Cancer That Kills More Women than Breast Cancer

Award-winning actress Valerie Harper wants to set the record straight.<p>If you had to guess the number one cancer killer of women, what would you say? Breast cancer? Cervical Cancer? Here's a shocker: Lung Cancer kills almost twice as many woman as any other cancer. And according to a recent survey …

Cancer

200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction

<i>(Warning: This post contains a graphic image)</i><p>Atlantic bluefin tuna is tasty. So tasty, in fact, that the fish is also endangered. There are now only half the number of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the sea that there were in 1970. That’s despite rules set by governments around the world that have …

Fish

Artifact Trove at Egyptian Tomb Illuminates Life Before Pharaohs

Archaeologist uncovers human sacrifices and evidence of strife.<p>A recently discovered tomb at a key Egyptian settlement has yielded the largest trove of artifacts ever found in a tomb there—including a young man's burned and scattered bones—and is shedding new light on the ancestors of the …

Police interviewed killer Elliot Rodger for EIGHT minutes and did not watch sick videos

Elliot Rodger was only interviewed by police for eight minutes weeks before his killing spree[AP]<p>Officers thought the British-born mass murderer was …

Crime

Indonesian volcanic ash cloud may halt Australia flights for days

Bali, Singapore routes from Darwin closed amid fears flights around Australia may be affected by massive eruption<p>Flights across northern Australia could be affected for days after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent a vast ash cloud over the region.<p>Qantas and Virgin Australia have confirmed all …

Naked Gardening in U.K.'s Countryside: It's a Thing

MALMESBURY, UK — With flowers in bloom and the sun gently sparkling on the River Avon on a recent Sunday afternoon, Abbey House Gardens looked like nothing so much as the Garden of Eden — mostly because everyone there was naked.<p>The people stretched out on benches reading newspapers and doing Sudoku …

Sandals

Brazil child sex trade alarm as World Cup nears

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1081000/1081025_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524728417_8d1100fe265e0309ebfc4239369fb97e<p><b>Joana Maranhao is, by anybody's reckoning, a remarkable young woman.</b><p>She is a world-class swimmer who represented Brazil at three consecutive Olympic …