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Ask Dr. Universe: Do fish pee?

Not only do fish pee, but their pee gives other animals in the ocean what they need to survive.


Women in wildlife: Managing critters from bugs to bears gains its own workforce diversity

Annemarie Prince’s family frequented the Florida woods, where the kids were unleashed to fish in the creek, explore and get dirty. “The coolest thing was catching something live with my …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Neuroscientist who studied Einstein’s brain dies at 90

Marian Cleeves Diamond, a neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein’s brain and was one of the first to show that the brain can improve with enrichment, has died.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Not ready for genderless society

If the language is not ready, well, truth to tell, neither is your humble correspondent. It’s a jarring realization.


Biologist: Orca attacks on gray whales up in California bay

Killer whales are on an unprecedented killing spree in California’s Monterey Bay, attacking and feeding on gray whale calves, a marine biologist said.


Biologists remove dead conjoined twin from endangered turtle

Marine biologists in southern Italy have separated conjoined twin loggerhead turtles and released the surviving newborn into the Mediterranean Sea.


Ferris High students set statewide example on biology test

More than 2,000 Washington high school seniors might not graduate if a requirement to pass the state’s biology exam is left intact. The Washington Board of Education sent a letter …


Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands …


Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


Court to decide if human genes can be patented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether companies can patent human genes, a decision that could reshape medical research in the United States and the …


Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster — by counting its rings, like a tree. Nobody knows …


Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists have finally figured out how to determine the age of a lobster. Raouf Kilada (row-OOF’ kuh-LAH’-duh) of the University of New Brunswick presented his research …


Study: Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved …


Study: Aspirin may help treat some colon cancers

NEW YORK (AP) — Aspirin, one of the world’s oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that’s thought …


Oregon scientists make embryos with 2 women, 1 man

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists in Oregon have created embryos with genes from one man and two women, using a provocative technique that could someday be used to prevent babies …


Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James …


Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets’ Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio …


Biology prof says eyeball may belong to big squid

MIAMI (AP) — Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a South Florida has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community. An assistant biology …


2 US scientists win Nobel chemistry prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of how the cells in our bodies pick up signals as diverse as hormones, smells, …


Calif. initiative will test appetite for GMO food

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about “produced with genetic engineering?” California voters will soon decide whether to require certain raw and processed foods to carry such …


Research on mice suggests new fertility treatments

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice — a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to …


Two-day test can spot gene diseases in newborns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just …


New breast cancer clues found in gene analysis

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists reported Sunday that they have completed a major analysis of the genetics of breast cancer, finding four major classes of the disease. They hope their …


Texas inmate prepares for 3rd trip death house

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — What Cleve Foster remembers most about his recent brushes with death is the steel door, the last one condemned Texas inmates typically walk through before their …


Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a …


Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an unorthodox way. Rather than harpoon the sharks from a distance, …


Human stem cells restore hearing in gerbil study

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, scientists have improved hearing in deaf animals by using human embryonic stem cells, an encouraging step for someday treating people with certain …


‘Berlin Man,’ doctor convinced HIV cure is real

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first person reportedly cured of HIV said Wednesday he is hopeful that medical advances will allow others suffering from the virus that causes AIDS to …