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T. rex skeleton Stan headed to auction

September 22, 2020, 6:03am Life

Sold to the eccentric theme park operator! Read story

Poop knives win 2020 Ig Nobels

September 22, 2020, 6:03am Life

Maybe this year’s Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels. Read story

Researchers at Virginia Tech are converting the patterns of plants' movement into sound to evaluate plant health.

Scientists use sonification to track the sound plants make in effort to optimize growth

Researchers at Virginia Tech are converting the patterns of plants' movement into sound to evaluate plant health.

September 22, 2020, 6:02am Life

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — What do dancing plants sound like? Read story

P-81, a subadult male mountain lion, has reproductive and tail defects.

Deformities found in some California cougars

P-81, a subadult male mountain lion, has reproductive and tail defects.

September 18, 2020, 6:03am Life

LOS ANGELES — The discovery was heartbreaking for biologists, who consider the mountain lions of Southern California to be among the most threatened mammals in North America: a young male with the distortions of inbreeding — a tail kinked like the letter “L” and only one descended testicle. Read story

This Aug. 25 image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the planet Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa, at left, when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. (NASA, ESA, STScI, A.

Jupiter, its enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo

This Aug. 25 image captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the planet Jupiter and one of its moons, Europa, at left, when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. (NASA, ESA, STScI, A.

September 17, 2020, 3:41pm Nation & World

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Jupiter and its enticing moon Europa shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope. Read story

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days.

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days.

September 15, 2020, 11:13am Life

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), fish swim in a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A decade-long effort by the world to save the world's disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly failed so far, with fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and tropical forests in even more trouble than ever, according to a United Nations biodiversity report released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

World isn’t meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), fish swim in a reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A decade-long effort by the world to save the world's disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly failed so far, with fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and tropical forests in even more trouble than ever, according to a United Nations biodiversity report released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

September 15, 2020, 11:11am Nation & World

A decade-long global effort to save Earth’s disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly stumbled, with fragile habitats like coral reefs and tropical forests in more trouble than ever, researchers said in a report Tuesday. Read story

A normal mouse and a "twice-muscled" mouse developed at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Dr.

Ripped in space and on Earth, ‘mighty mice’ flex with promise

A normal mouse and a "twice-muscled" mouse developed at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Dr.

September 15, 2020, 6:02am Life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Bulked-up, mutant “mighty mice” held onto their muscle during a monthlong stay at the International Space Station, returning to Earth with ripped bodybuilder physiques, scientists reported Monday. Read story

In this undated photo released by North-Eastern Federal University, a head of an Ice Age cave bear found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, or Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia. Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear revealed by the melting permafrost, which has all its internal organs, teeth and even its nose intact.

Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear found in Arctic Russia

In this undated photo released by North-Eastern Federal University, a head of an Ice Age cave bear found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, or Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia. Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear revealed by the melting permafrost, which has all its internal organs, teeth and even its nose intact.

September 14, 2020, 10:21am Nation & World

Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday. Read story

This May 2016 photo provided by researcher Jane Greaves shows the planet Venus, seen from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Akatsuki probe. A report released on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 says astronomers have found a potential signal of life high in the atmosphere of our nearest neighboring planet. (J.

Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’s clouds

This May 2016 photo provided by researcher Jane Greaves shows the planet Venus, seen from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Akatsuki probe. A report released on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 says astronomers have found a potential signal of life high in the atmosphere of our nearest neighboring planet. (J.

September 14, 2020, 10:20am Nation & World

Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Read story