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Scientists see evidence of underground lakes system on Mars

Scientists say images of craters taken by European and American space probes show there likely once was a planet-wide system of underground lakes on Mars.

Women in wildlife: The field biologist

CARRIE LOWE gets to do a lot of the exciting field stuff — handling critters from badgers and eagles to bighorn sheep and moose — as a Washington Department of …

Scientists claim progress in earthquake prediction

Scientists based at Los Alamos National Laboratory published two papers Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience reporting what they say could be a breakthrough in predicting earthquakes.

Scientists stuffed balloons into dead wombats to learn why they poop cubes

Only wombats can produce cubical poop.

Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say

Leading killer-whale scientists and researchers are calling for removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River and a boost of water over the dams to save southern resident killer …

Scientists: U.S. military program could be seen as bioweapon

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Scientists from U.S., France, Canada win Nobel for laser work

Scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more …

Scientists look to map the genes of thousands of animals

A group of scientists unveiled the first results Thursday of an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species, a project they said could help …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018

In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea

Marine scientists used a five-person submersible to learn more about the sand lance, a forage fish that is a staple of the chinook salmon diet. If the sand lance go …

Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music

What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way …

These long-necked, elephant-sized dinosaurs arose long before Brachiosaurus

There’s more than one way to supersize a dinosaur. Scientists studying the ancient bones of sauropod relatives that walked the Earth more than 200 million years ago have found that …

Scientists create hybrids in race to save rhino sub-species

Scientists say they’re several steps closer to perfecting a method that could prevent the extinction of northern white rhinos, of which only two animals are known still to be alive.

Scientists hunt for parts of a massive meteor that splashed down off Washington

The EV Nautilus will use underwater robots and a magnetic wand to try to fish up bits of the space rock that exploded in a fireball in March off the …

Scientists discover world’s first known manta ray nursery

The University of California, San Diego has discovered the world’s first known nursery for manta rays, an idyllic spot in the Gulf of Mexico where the “gentle giants” approach divers …

Scientist keeping Hawaiians informed from Vancouver

From an office in Vancouver, scientist Liz Westby has been helping Hawaiians keep up with news about their volcanic eruption.

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018

Puget Sound scientists rescued this whale. Now they need your help finding it.

The fish-ecology division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is asking for the help of boaters or whale watchers to find the gray whale, whose gender and age …

Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein

The Next Einstein Forum was held last month in Rwanda to encourage the development of young scientists across Africa. Organizers called it the largest-ever gathering of scientists on the continent.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

It’s the biggest shark – and the biggest fish – in the sea, often found roaming in warm waters around the globe with its huge mouth agape in search of …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Search done for most influential scientists; 8 found in Richland

Eight scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland have made the latest list of scientists whose research has the most influence worldwide in their fields of expertise.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

The difference between night and day is disappearing, scientists warn

The distinction between day and night is disappearing in the most heavily populated regions of the Earth, a rapid shift with profound consequences for human health and the environment, according …

U.S. scientists try 1st gene editing in body

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease.

Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Scientists say they have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and …

Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Scientists say they have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and …

Scientists engineer proteins that caused obese animals to lose weight and lower cholesterol

As the U.S. obesity rate has galloped toward 40 percent, doctors, drug designers and dispirited dieters have all wondered the same thing: What if a pill could deliver the benefits …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold …

Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

It’s not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

U.N. chief: Scientists say extreme storms will be ‘new normal’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to the hurricane-battered Caribbean, where he says scientists predict the extreme storms of this year’s hurricane season “will be the new normal of a …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

Scientists say recent quake swarm at Mount Rainier is not unusual

Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Scientists say Harvey may be the soggy sign of future storms

By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas – a soggy, record-breaking glimpse …

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, …