The researchers say that when the highly intelligent kea parrots hear a call associated with play, they start playful tussling, aerial acrobatics, or throwing objects into the air.
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a massive proposal to treat more than 100,000 acres on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District north of Enterprise.
The tardigrade, a strange animal smaller than a grain of sand and with hooks for feet, can survive in a dried-up state for a decade. Its secret might help improve how drugs are shipped and stored.
Business | Environment | Food | Nation | Flora and FaunaNPR | March 22, 2017 8:07 a.m.
Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.
The green sea turtle drew international sympathy when it emerged that she had consumed nearly 1,000 coins that had been thrown into her pool. She died despite two emergency surgeries.
Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation | Technology | WorldNPR | March 19, 2017 5:01 a.m.
For some, seeing birds is more than a pastime. It's an adventure. And although chasing rare birds is an activity so rooted in nature, technology is playing a key role.
Because what mammal can take down a rodent that sniffs out land mines as well as TB — and jumps 5 feet in the air? Surely not tonight's competitor, the maned wolf.
The South American polka dot tree frog initially appears unremarkable. But when researchers in Argentina shined an ultraviolet light on the frog, it glowed.
Seavey, who previously won the Iditarod in 2013 and 2004, became the fastest and the oldest musher to win the race. He also beat his son, defending champion Dallas Seavey.
Flora and Fauna | Entertainment | Nation | Health | ScienceNPR | March 14, 2017 6:50 a.m.
Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.