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A beloved backyard peach tree produced only a few fruits a year because Japanese beetles in the hundreds would eat at the leaves, depleting the plant&rsquo;s energy to make peaches.

New Japanese beetle trap ‘eco-friendly’

A beloved backyard peach tree produced only a few fruits a year because Japanese beetles in the hundreds would eat at the leaves, depleting the plant&rsquo;s energy to make peaches.

June 4, 2024, 5:57am Life

Aditya Prabhu loved eating the peaches off the tree in the backyard of his mom’s house. The only problem was the plant produced only a few pieces of fruit each year because Japanese beetles in the hundreds would eat at the leaves, depleting the plant’s energy to make peaches. Read story

FILE - A biologist shows examples of American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) and German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) at a lab in Monheim, Germany, March 5, 2001. A new study, published Monday, May 20, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracks how cockroaches spread around the globe to become the survival experts we know today. (AP Photo/Hermann J.

New study tracks how cockroaches spread around the globe

FILE - A biologist shows examples of American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) and German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) at a lab in Monheim, Germany, March 5, 2001. A new study, published Monday, May 20, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracks how cockroaches spread around the globe to become the survival experts we know today. (AP Photo/Hermann J.

June 4, 2024, 5:56am Life

They’re six-legged, hairy home invaders that just won’t die, no matter how hard you try. Cockroaches are experts at surviving indoors, hiding in kitchen pipes or musty drawers. But they didn’t start out that way. Read story

This image provided by NASA&rsquo;s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a solar flare, right, on May 14, 2024, captured in the extreme ultraviolet light portion of the spectrum colorized in red and yellow. An international team of mathematicians and scientists reported Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that the sun&rsquo;s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought.

Study: Sun’s magnetic field closer to surface than previously thought

This image provided by NASA&rsquo;s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a solar flare, right, on May 14, 2024, captured in the extreme ultraviolet light portion of the spectrum colorized in red and yellow. An international team of mathematicians and scientists reported Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that the sun&rsquo;s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought.

June 4, 2024, 5:55am Life

New research indicates the sun’s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought, a finding that could help predict periods of extreme solar storms like the ones that slammed Earth last month. Read story

A man vacationing in the Lake Tahoe area stands above Emerald Bay as wildfire smoke from the Caldor Fire obscures Fannette Island in 2021. Researchers at UC Davis say as wildfire activity has grown, the state&rsquo;s pristine bodies of water have been affected by smoke.

Wildfire smoke may be harming health of California’s lakes

A man vacationing in the Lake Tahoe area stands above Emerald Bay as wildfire smoke from the Caldor Fire obscures Fannette Island in 2021. Researchers at UC Davis say as wildfire activity has grown, the state&rsquo;s pristine bodies of water have been affected by smoke.

June 3, 2024, 5:55am Life

Nearly every Californian can remember wildfire smoke bathing locations throughout the state in orange hues two years ago or the smell of burned wildlands wafting into their neighborhoods. Now, researchers say the smoke could have adversely affected the state’s freshwater ecosystems. Read story

Sea urchins made to order: Scripps scientists make transgenic breakthrough

June 2, 2024, 5:27am Life

Consider the sea urchin. Specifically, the painted urchin: Lytechinus pictus, a prickly Ping-Pong ball from the eastern Pacific Ocean. Read story

Sky’s next show: planetary parade

May 28, 2024, 6:07am Life

First came a rare solar eclipse, followed by the northern lights, fueled by a solar storm. The next celestial phenomenon will come next month, when skygazers can look forward to an alignment known as a “planetary parade.” Read story

FILE - Boeing&#039;s Starliner capsule atop an Atlas V rocket is seen at Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station a day after its mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed because of an issue with a pressure regulation valve, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Boeing is now aiming for its first astronaut launch at the beginning of June.

Boeing’s 1st astronaut flight now set for June after a review of small leak on new capsule

FILE - Boeing&#039;s Starliner capsule atop an Atlas V rocket is seen at Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station a day after its mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed because of an issue with a pressure regulation valve, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Boeing is now aiming for its first astronaut launch at the beginning of June.

May 24, 2024, 11:55am Latest News

Boeing is now aiming for its first astronaut launch at the beginning of June, after spending the past few weeks struggling with more problems on the space capsule. Read story

Former Camas High School science teacher Dale Croswell, left, emcees as second grader Miles Nichols of Lacamas Elementary School asks astronaut Michael Barratt a question about space via video link. Barratt, a graduate of Camas schools, is now aboard the International Space Station and will return to Earth in the fall.

Camas students ‘keep in touch’ with space through video conference with astronaut

Former Camas High School science teacher Dale Croswell, left, emcees as second grader Miles Nichols of Lacamas Elementary School asks astronaut Michael Barratt a question about space via video link. Barratt, a graduate of Camas schools, is now aboard the International Space Station and will return to Earth in the fall.

May 23, 2024, 5:20pm Clark County Life

If growing up to be an astronaut used to be an unlikely dream, now it’s simply a “career choice,” Dr. Michael Barratt said Thursday. Read story

This illustration depicts a dromaeosaur incubating its eggs as snow falls. The raptor, along with other select dinosaurs, may have evolved to be warm-blooded 180 million years ago, according to research published Wednesday.

When did warm-blooded dinosaurs arise?

This illustration depicts a dromaeosaur incubating its eggs as snow falls. The raptor, along with other select dinosaurs, may have evolved to be warm-blooded 180 million years ago, according to research published Wednesday.

May 21, 2024, 6:00am Life

Scientists once thought of dinosaurs as sluggish, cold-blooded creatures. Then research suggested that some could control their body temperature, but when and how that shift came about remained a mystery. Read story

With a calf following close by, orcas swim near the various whale watching boats following the orcas as they swim Jan. 9 off the coast of Huntington Beach at sunset in California.

Orcas attacking ships nothing new

With a calf following close by, orcas swim near the various whale watching boats following the orcas as they swim Jan. 9 off the coast of Huntington Beach at sunset in California.

May 21, 2024, 6:00am Life

A pod of killer whales attacked and sunk a yacht over the weekend between Spain and Morocco in the Strait of Gibraltar — and it’s not the first time. Read story