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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures. Now, scientists have uncovered another unique — and disturbing — facet of Australian life: the country's mammals are going extinct at an alarmingly high rate, due in large part to a couple of critters with voracious appetites.
US will spend US$3.2 mil. to help save Monarch butterfly
The federal government on Monday pledged US$3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles (kilometers) between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.
When honey bees die before their time, the younger bees among them try to forage for food but often fail, contributing to the worrying phenomenon of colony collapse, researchers said Monday.
Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how the Costa Rican coral snake's venom causes seizures in its victims, a finding that could boost research into schizophrenia, epilepsy and chronic pain, researchers said Monday.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Europe will launch an experimental “space plane” on Wednesday, a car-sized, wingless vessel whose 100-minute unmanned mission will inform the design of reusable spacecraft of the future.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be “severely damaged” if the government does not completely ban the dumping of dredge waste in the World Heritage-listed waters, a report commissioned by conservation group WWF said Monday.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Locals call it the “beret”: a grey layer of exhaust fumes that blots out Madrid's blue skies on still days. For asthma sufferer Conxi Grau, it feels more like a tight scarf.
Commissioner Lee Wei-bin (李維斌) of the Taipei City Department of Information Technology said yesterday that his department has developed a user manual to help city officials in using popular mobile messaging application Line for work purposes.
U.N. climate negotiators gathered in Geneva were urged Sunday to show urgency and compromise in crafting a draft by next week for a global pact to be signed in December.
A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) away, but it's the rocket's ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight.
  
  
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