Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

Europe 04/29/19, 06:10

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written on ...

Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes

Tech 03/29/19, 10:26

Just about every week, it seems, scientists publish the unique DNA code of some creature or plant. Just in February, they published the genome for the strawberry, the paper mulberry tree, the great white shark and the Antarctic blackfin icefish.They also announced that, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, they'd produced ...

Science Says: Tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

Science 03/20/19, 12:17

Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness.These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they look like some combination of ...

New techniques let scientists zero in on individual cells

Health 03/04/19, 01:14

Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average.That joke about a very rich man is an old one among statisticians. So why did Peter Smibert use it to explain a revolution in biology?Because it shows averages can be ...

Rare sea creature washes ashore in Southern California

U.S. 03/01/19, 17:12

A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, said an intern spotted the stranded fish last week at Sands Beach in the university's ...

Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

Space 02/15/19, 11:46

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don’t know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are ...

Despite government shutdown, zoo animals still getting fed

Politics 01/02/19, 17:12

Washington's National Zoological Park has closed its gates, the latest victim of the partial government shutdown. But thousands of animals still need to be fed, pregnancies need to be monitored and poop has to be scooped. Zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer says the level of care for the animals will be maintained. More ...

Toxic red tide could sicken people as Hurricane Michael pushes it ashore

U.S. 10/29/18, 13:20

Hurricane Michael could have exposed more people to the dangerous health effects of a record algae bloom that has bedeviled much of Florida's coast. The hurricane made landfall Oct. 10 in the Florida Panhandle. That part of the coast has seen some of the worst concentrations this year of red tide, ...

Wildlife refuge workers evacuated from Pacific storm’s path

U.S. 10/02/18, 20:24

The U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated four workers from a remote wildlife refuge in the path of a powerful hurricane in the Pacific.A Coast Guard plane from Hawaii picked up the Fish and Wildlife Service workers on Monday from Johnston Atoll, which is about 825 miles (1,300 kilometers) southwest of ...

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