Wisdom, a 62-year-old albatross, has hatched another chick. As the oldest known wild bird, scientists are astounded by her fertility. Those studying Wisdom's chick say the young bird appears healthy, but she might face teasing by her much older siblings.
Wisdom lives on Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Famous as the site of a battle against Japan, Midway is now a national wildlife refuge that is home to hundreds of thousands of albatross every year. The bird was first tagged during the Eise... Read More
Bear Grylls will return to Discovery with a new survival-themed show less than a year after cutting ties with the company over a contract dispute. Ultimate Survivor will feature Grylls as he travels across the world to inhospitable environments like the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest and reenacts history's most harrowing tales of survival. In a statement, Grylls said he was happy to be returning to work with the network.
I am super-excited to be working with Discovery again—the ... Read More
Iceland has launched an investigation into the mass death of tens of thousands of wild herring. One newspaper estimated the value of the dead fish to be almost $10 million. This is the second such occurrence in Iceland’s Kolgrafafjordur fjord this winter, raising concerns about the country’s fisheries. Johann Sigurjonsson, director of Iceland's Marine Research Institute, believes that roughly an entire season’s worth of herring has been lost.
Researchers believe that low oxy... Read More
The town of Black Hawk may not ban bicyclists from riding within limits, the Colorado Supreme Court said on Monday. The ban, enacted in 2010, was aimed at curbing cycling traffic in order to lessen congestion on its small streets as traffic to its casinos brought in buses of gamblers looking for a good time.
Black Hawk leaders said that a 2009 state law that required vehicles to give cyclists a three-foot berth was "unmanageable for gambler-toting tour buses and casino delivery trucks" naviga... Read More
President Obama has selected Sally Jewell as his nominee for Secretary of the Interior Department, according to White House officials.
Jewell is the current chief executive of REI. Before joining the company she worked for Mobil and then spent about 20 years in the banking industry in the northwestern United States. REI has "grown rapidly under her tenure and now boasts roughly $2 billion a year in sales." The Seattle Times wrote a profile of Jewell back in 2005, in which business partners ca... Read More