April 2, 2013 Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.
April 1, 2013 The prince's dream of reintroducing European bison, or wisent, into Germany's most densely populated state will soon be reality. It will be the first time in nearly 300 years that these creatures will roam Western Europe. But not everyone is as excited as the prince.
April 1, 2013 MRThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15. This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding.
March 29, 2013 "Cyro," under development at Virginia Tech, looks and moves like a jellyfish. Researchers say it could be used for studying the oceans and cleaning up oil spills.
March 28, 2013 Salad is not just a food; it's home to a flourishing community of mostly benign microbes. A new inventory finds surprising differences in the bacteria growing on popular fruits and vegetables.
March 27, 2013 Lion meat has been gaining traction among adventurous foodies. But some wildlife advocates worry that interest in lion meat in the U.S. could encourage more poaching abroad. So they're pushing legislation to ban lion meat in the state that seems to be at the center of the U.S. trade.
March 27, 2013 For the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change. Educators say many teachers have shied away from the polarizing topic, and an organized campaign to promote it as "controversial" leaves many students confused.
March 25, 2013 Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.