Outdoors

Outdoors Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet
Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a model that explains how geckos, as well as spiders and some insects, can run up and down walls, cling to ceilings, and seemingly defy gravity with such effortless grace.

This ability, outlined Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Physics, is a remarkable mechanism in the toes of geckos that uses tiny, branched hairs called “seta” that can instantly turn their stickiness on and off, and even “unstick” their feet without using any energy.
Outdoors 'It is a remarkable success story' 'It is a remarkable success story' (Photo Gallery)
A collaborative project between researchers in Oregon and Asia last year helped establish a new breeding colony for one of the world’s most endangered seabirds – the Chinese crested tern – which then had a global population estimated at fewer than 50 birds.
Outdoors OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales (Photo Gallery)
Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that this smallest of the lunge-feeding whales utilizes the sea ice more than expected and feeds in ways unique from other species.
Outdoors Rescuers find missing man alive but weak Rescuers find missing man alive but weak
Search and rescue crews from across southwest Oregon are en route to an active rescue operation for an insulin-dependent diabetic man who got lost in the woods picking mushrooms Sunday.
Outdoors Sheriff: Camp host menaced campers with a stick Sheriff: Camp host menaced campers with a stick
An intoxicated camp host chased her husband around the campground and menaced campers with a stick before deputies arrived Tuesday evening, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.
Outdoors More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators' More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators' (Photo Gallery)
New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive Pacific Ocean species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the “terminator” of movie fame.
Outdoors 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' (Photo Gallery)
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.