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Bella is this year's top name for female dogs, with Alfie once again the favourite moniker for male canines

Rover bow-wows out as Bella and Alfie take dog name titles

Bella tops the British charts for female dog names with Alfie once again the favourite for male pooches but it's Rover and ou…

  • What Household Dust Says About You LiveScience.com - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Menageries of microscopic life — veritable zoos with extraordinary diversity — lurk hidden in household dust, and scientists now find that these tiny communities … More »

  • "Smart" solar palm trees power …
    "Smart" solar palm trees power … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Saket S. DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. Topped with nine leaf-shaped photovoltaic modules, … More »

  • Badly abused Mexican animals sent to …
    Badly abused Mexican animals sent to … AFP - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A dozen animals that suffered devastating abuse in captivity in Mexico, including eight lions and a coyote, were moved Wednesday to a sanctuary in the United States. … More »

  • Compounds in Flax & Sesame Seeds May … LiveScience.com - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Eating a plant-based diet is known to be good for your waistline, but now a new study has zeroed in on specific plant compounds — found in foods such as flax and … More »

  • Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid …
    Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid … AFP - Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday -- a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub … More »

  • Ohio zoo sending endangered rhino to …
    Ohio zoo sending endangered rhino to … Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo that has the last Sumatran rhino in the United States announced plans Tuesday to send him to Southeast Asia on a mission to mate and … More »

  • India floods threaten rare one-horned …
    India floods threaten rare one-horned … AFP - Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Hundreds of rare rhinos and other animals are fleeing flooding in India's northeast, raising fears of a rise in poaching during the exodus, a senior wildlife … More »

  • Mini Frog, Bat with Freakish Tongue …
    Mini Frog, Bat with Freakish Tongue … LiveScience.com - Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A "robber frog" with beady, gold-rimmed eyes and a bizarre bat with a record-long tongue are among the menagerie of species discovered during an expedition in … More »

  • Do Great White Sharks Grow Forever?
    Do Great White Sharks Grow Forever? LiveScience.com - Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    How did this 20-foot-long (6 meters) great white Internet sensation become such a behemoth? Named Deep Blue, the female shark made a colossal impression in video … More »

  • Skull of Earliest Baboon Discovered
    Skull of Earliest Baboon Discovered LiveScience.com - Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A 2-million-year-old skull unearthed in South Africa belongs to the earliest baboon ever found, a new study finds. Researchers discovered the partial cranium at … More »

  • Human Ancestors May Have Butchered Animals …
    Human Ancestors May Have Butchered Animals … LiveScience.com - Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Cut marks on two 3.4-million-year-old animal bones from Ethiopia were thought to be evidence that the beasts had been trampled by other animals long ago, but new … More »

  • Gruesome Meal: Seagulls Snack on Baby …
    Gruesome Meal: Seagulls Snack on Baby … LiveScience.com - Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Hungry seagulls on the coast of Namibia have a gruesome way of snacking: they peck out and consume the eyeballs of baby seals, according to a new study. In 1998, … More »

  • German scientists find rare dinosaur … Reuters - Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    By Josie Le Blond BERLIN (Reuters) - German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-tonne dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower … More »

  • Spot Has Your Back: Dogs Avoid People … LiveScience.com - Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    "So far, it is not clear what dogs understand about human interactions," said Marie Nitzschner, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for … More »

  • Marksmen kill endangered species in …
    Marksmen kill endangered species in … AFP - Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials … More »

  • Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires …
    Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires … Associated Press - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California. … More »

  • Study: Hunting for bigger fish, game …
    Study: Hunting for bigger fish, game … Associated Press - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Humans are fishing and hunting animals that are the wrong size and age, in an unsustainable way that flies in the face of nature, a new study … More »

  • Human 'super-predators' should …
    Human 'super-predators' should … AFP - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Humans are super-predators that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday, urging a focus on … More »

  • Environmentalists praise Pakistan ban …
    Environmentalists praise Pakistan ban … AFP - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Wildlife campaigners on Thursday welcomed a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to ban the hunting of a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs … More »

  • 'Base Jumping' Spider Soars …
    'Base Jumping' Spider Soars … LiveScience.com - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    In addition to these arachnids, lots of small insects (including many species of ants and bristletails) are known to engage in similar behavior — leaping from the … More »

  • Long Misunderstood, Hummingbird Tongue …
    Long Misunderstood, Hummingbird Tongue … LiveScience.com - Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The slender hummingbird tongue has been misunderstood for more than 180 years, a new study finds. Since 1833, scientists thought that hummingbird tongues used … More »

  • 'Winged Monster' Rock Art Finally …
    'Winged Monster' Rock Art Finally … LiveScience.com - Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The mystery surrounding the ancient rock paintings of Utah's Black Dragon Canyon has finally been solved. For decades, researchers and creationists have debated … More »

  • Endangered Philippine eagle shot dead …
    Endangered Philippine eagle shot dead … AFP - Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    A rare giant Philippine eagle has been shot dead two months after being released back into the wild following treatment for another shooting, in a blow to efforts … More »

  • World's First Flowers May Have Bloomed …
    World's First Flowers May Have Bloomed … LiveScience.com - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    A fluffy, frondy plant that wouldn't look out of place in a lake today was one of the oldest flowering plants on Earth, new research finds. "It's a very, very … More »

  • Mom's Bacteria During Pregnancy … LiveScience.com - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The bacteria in a pregnant woman's body may provide clues to her risk of going into labor early, according to a new study. Researchers found that the pregnant … More »

  • The Dangers of Going Gluten-Free (O … LiveScience.com - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    This article is an exclusive for Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. More and more Americans are on the anti-wheat warpath trend, as the label "gluten … More »

  • Swim On! Rescued Great White Shark Likely …
    Swim On! Rescued Great White Shark Likely … LiveScience.com - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    A great white shark famously saved last month by Cape Cod beachgoers is likely still alive and swimming, said a shark expert. Before it was released, experts … More »

  • 'Sea Monster' Figurehead Hauled …
    'Sea Monster' Figurehead Hauled … LiveScience.com - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    A sea monster that lay hidden beneath the waves for five centuries has finally been recovered from the Baltic Sea. The "monster" — a ship figurehead that may show … More »

  • Hiking in Bear Country? How to Prevent … LiveScience.com - Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    News of a grizzly bear attacking a 63-year-old man, who was a skilled hiker, in Yellowstone on Friday (Aug. 7), may have even avid adventurers wondering what's the … More »

  • 26-Year-Old 'Corduroy' Crowned …
    26-Year-Old 'Corduroy' Crowned … LiveScience.com - Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Twenty-six-year-old Corduroy, a handsome male kitty from the United States, was crowned the oldest living domestic cat this week by Guinness World Records. … More »