12 New Frog Species Discovered in India

Scientists have discovered 12 new species of night frogs in western India.   The research also led to the rediscovery of three frog species thought to have been extinct.  Two  had not been seen in 75 years, while the third had gone unseen for 91 years.   Biologist SD Biju who led the research says

New Gulf Oil Spill Report Levels Most of Blame on BP

A new report by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says the British petroleum company BP was “ultimately responsible” for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.  The explosion last year aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico spilled nearly five million barrels of oil

Earliest Known Human Hand-Ax Found in Kenya

Archaeologists working in northwestern Kenya have found a skillfully hand-crafted stone ax which appears to have been made nearly 1.75 million years ago, making it the oldest such tool ever discovered. The find suggests modern humans got an earlier start at sophisticated tool-making than previously believed. The collection of tools and other artifacts that includes

Mobile Restaurant Redefines Green, Organic

In major metropolitan areas across the United States, food-vending trucks have become a common sight.  For the truck merchants selling everything from fresh vegetables to fast food to fancy meals, they are an easy, low-cost way to run a business, and cost a fraction of what it would take to start a restaurant.  But how

Panama Research Institute Dedicated to Earth’s Ecosystem

Every year, about 1,000 scientists from around the world visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.  The Institute is one of the oldest and largest facilities of its kind in the world. Its research on flora, fauna and geology is responsible for many recent discoveries about how the Earth’s tropical ecosystems work. Barro Colorado

New Species Might be Human Ancestor

Fossils found in a South African cave might belong to a new species of early humans that holds a unique place on the evolutionary road to modern man. On a 2008 mapping expedition in Malapa, South Africa, American paleoanthropologist Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: the fossilized bones of a human-like woman and a boy

NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. But the twin towers’ collapse and their smoldering ruins also exposed thousands of rescuers, firefighters and cleanup crews to toxic ash and smoke. Ten years later, medical researchers say many of these people are suffering

High Food Prices Expected to Climb Further

World food prices remain near record-high levels, according to the latest UN world food price index, and they’re expected to climb even higher. The index hit a record in January and has not come down much since. Today’s high prices come less than three years after the index hit its previous peak in 2008. “I’m

China Orders Investigation into Bohai Bay Oil Spill

The Chinese government is stepping up its pressure on the companies involved in an oil spill in the Bohai Bay, with calls for a thorough investigation into the incident and a limit on new construction in the bay.  On Thursday, Chinese media prominently featured Premier Wen Jiabao’s calls for a probe into the oil spill

Fiji, Climate Change Concerns Dominate Pacific Bloc Summit

The political situation in Fiji and the threat of sea level rises to low-lying communities have been the main focus of the Pacific Islands Forum at its annual summit in New Zealand.  The region’s main political bloc will also discuss economic reform, although there has been some disagreement about the treatment of Fiji, which was