An outbreak of "avian flu" - an illness affecting birds - has swept the world. The disease has been spread by migrating birds. It moved from Asia to Europe, and has now spread to North America. The flu has led to the deaths of tens of millions of birds.
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Science experiments don't always go as planned, but that doesn't mean you can't learn from them. Recently, Australian scientists learned something unexpected about magpies when they tried to attach trackers to them to learn more about their habits.
In today's news roundup, wildfires grow larger and more serious in North America and Siberia, typhoons, monsoons, and other storms cause serious problems in Asia, and cockatoos in Australia learn how to open trash bins by watching each other.
In today's news roundup, Haiti's government is left in a shaky position after the country's president is killed, scientists study an unusual bird illness in the eastern United States, and NASA's Mars helicopter keeps on flying.
Starting April 1, many of the skyscrapers and other buildings in Philadelphia will be going dark at night. Though the move will cut down on energy use, the main goal of the effort is to help protect migrating birds.
The world’s oldest known wild bird is a 70-year-old albatross named Wisdom, who is still surprising scientists. Since last fall, she and her mate have been sitting on an egg. Last month, their chick hatched.
Among the more unusual news stories recently…a racing pigeon sells for $1.9 million, a French radio station mistakenly reports that several living people have died, and a 2,300-year-old statue's head is found in the sewers of Athens.
Among the more unusual news stories recently…a Japanese man becomes the only tourist at Machu Picchu, the US Army works to develop augmented reality goggles for dogs, and a speedy bar-tailed godwit sets a record by flying 11 days straight.
Scientists have recently discovered that Andean condors - some of the world's largest birds - barely flap their wings at all while flying. Instead, they use rising air currents to remain in the air for hours.
Scientists have been surprised and impressed with the long-distance travel of two birds recently, a common cuckoo who flew from southern Africa to Mongolia, and an eastern curlew, who flew from Australia to China.