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Jurassic chirp: Scientists recreate ancient cricket song

WASHINGTON — The call of a Jurassic-era cricket was simple, pure and capable of traveling long distances in the night, said scientists who reconstructed the creature’s love song from a 165 million year old fossil. British scientists based their work out Monday on an extremely well preserved fossil of a…

Snakes blamed for ‘severe declines’ in Florida wildlife

WASHINGTON — Across southern Florida, rabbits, raccoons, bobcats and foxes have been disappearing at dramatic rates over the past decade, and invasive Burmese pythons are to blame, a US study said Monday. The big snakes which are native to southeast Asia have been devouring all kinds of wildlife leading to…

Study shows calorie-restricted diet can stop brains from aging

Eating less may keep the mind young, according to Italian scientists who reported Monday they have discovered the molecular process by which a strict diet may save the brain from the ravages of age. The research, published in the US journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is…

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