Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development
Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last ...
Why are young Australians turning their back on the car?
Australians have long had a love affair with the car. Car ownership and use has increased every decade since its introduction to Australia. The car has fundamentally shaped the urban form of Australian cities ...
Temperature effects on the Chinese giant salamander
Currently, there are over 3,000 animal species on the verge of extinction worldwide. Hunting, land development, and habitat relocation have contributed to a rapid decline in the number of most of these species.
Increase in bear infanticide linked to hunting
Tasmanian devils survived two big falls in numbers but now need help
Most people probably know the Tasmanian devil as the iconic animal from Australia's island state of Tasmania. Fewer know that, up until a few thousand years ago, devils were widespread across mainland Australia.
Project aims to turn mobile phones into detectors of disease-spreading insects
Insects transmit many of the world's most infectious diseases, but there has been a decline in the expertise needed to recognize species of insects most likely to transmit illness to people.
Virtual reality guides those whose memory is failing
Experts agree that the ability to navigate a neighborhood or built space is one of the first faculties to suffer at the onset of cognitive decline. They also agree that early intervention is crucial for stemming ...
Researchers try to save huge US salamander (Update)
With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering ...
Quest for education creating graying ghost towns at top of the world
Ethnic Tibetan communities in Nepal's highlands are rapidly shrinking as more parents send their children away for a better education and modern careers, a trend that threatens to create a region of graying ...
Captive elephants in Laos face extinction
(Phys.org) —The captive elephant population in Laos will be extinct in just over a century if current management practices do not change, a University of Queensland study has found.
Iconic Galapagos bird suffering population decline
One of the iconic birds of the Galapagos Islands, the blue-footed booby, has suffered a sharp population decline, authorities in the Ecuadoran archipelago said Wednesday, blaming overfishing.
IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump (Update)
IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.
Coral reefs of the Mozambique Channel a leading candidate for saving marine diversity
Marine scientists keen on finding patterns of coral decline and persistence in gradually warming oceans have a complex challenge: how to save reefs containing the most diversity with limited resources. In ...
Indigenous societies' 'first contact' typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible
It was disastrous when Europeans first arrived in what would become Brazil—95 percent of its population, the majority of its tribes, and essentially all of its urban and agricultural infrastructure vanished. The experiences ...