Japanese scientist resigns over stem cell scandal

A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment says she will resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells.


Vietnam’s 'Rat King' saves rice farmers from vermin

2014-12-19 12:56

Tran Quang Thieu, otherwise known as the ‘Rat King’, is helping Vietnamese farmers fight off rice exporters greatest enemy – rats.

Could a test tube rhino be a solution to poaching?

2014-12-19 10:57

Experts from around the world are using science and a test tube in a last-ditch attempt to save a near-extinct species of rhinoceros in Los Angeles, US.

Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

2014-12-19 09:12

Clashes between the world’s largest carnivore, the polar bear, and people are becoming more frequent in the Arctic as global warming increases.

Texas hunter wants to import rhino carcass

2014-12-19 07:52

A US agency has been deluged with thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill in Namibia.

British royals might remove hunting trophies

2014-12-18 21:02

Britain's royal family could remove some hunting trophies, including stuffed rhino, from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham residence to avoid a possible debate with the EU over their legality.

Songbirds fly coop before tornadoes

2014-12-18 20:29

You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.

Rangers drive buffalo from Zim's Vic Falls

2014-12-18 15:56

Game rangers have driven a large herd of buffalo out of Zimbabwe's prime tourist resort of Victoria Falls, locals say.

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Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

2014-12-18 12:35

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in US history could have survived and made it to land, a study concludes.

New York bans fracking

2014-12-18 07:46

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.

Extreme swimmers take on polluted rivers to highlight water crisis

2014-12-17 12:05

Two extreme athletes are set to swim 200km down the polluted Wilge River in the Free State to highlight the plight of South Africa's deteriorating waterways.

Obama removes Alaskan bay from drilling

2014-12-17 08:50

President Barack Obama has announced that he's removing more than 135 000km of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.

Activists confront Antarctic poaching vessel

2014-12-18 10:23

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it confronted a ship known for poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic, as part of its efforts to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Melting Arctic ice, rising temps seen as planet warms

2014-12-17 21:54

Record high temperatures in Alaska, below average snow cover across the Arctic and excess summer ice melting in Greenland have been observed this year by scientists, raising new concerns about global warming.

Japan nuclear watchdog greenlights more reactors

2014-12-17 10:16

Japan's nuclear watchdog has given the green light to restarting two more atomic reactors, days after pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to election victory.


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