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A prickly shark, or Echinorhinus cookei, swims along the ocean floor.

Shark gathering puzzles scientists

A prickly shark, or Echinorhinus cookei, swims along the ocean floor.

March 26, 2024, 6:00am Life

Deep underwater, a group of elusive predators gathered off the coast of Panama. The gathering was “atypical” and a first of its kind for the area. Read story

AI fakery is quickly becoming one of the biggest problems confronting us online. With AI deepfakes cropping up almost every day, depicting everyone from Taylor Swift to Donald Trump, it’s getting harder to tell what’s real from what’s not.

One Tech Tip: How to spot AI-generated deepfake images

AI fakery is quickly becoming one of the biggest problems confronting us online. With AI deepfakes cropping up almost every day, depicting everyone from Taylor Swift to Donald Trump, it’s getting harder to tell what’s real from what’s not.

March 24, 2024, 6:00am Latest News

AI fakery is quickly becoming one of the biggest problems confronting us online. Deceptive pictures, videos and audio are proliferating as a result of the rise and misuse of generative artificial intelligence tools. Read story

This photo provided by NASA shows three APEP rockets at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., on Feb. 21, 2024, with Mission Principal Investigator Dr. Barjatya, top left, and NASA Mission Manager Jay Scott, top right, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and NASA personnel. During the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse, the rockets will blast off with science instruments into the electrically charged portion of the atmosphere near the edge of space known as the ionosphere.

April’s total solar eclipse promises to be the best yet for experiments

This photo provided by NASA shows three APEP rockets at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., on Feb. 21, 2024, with Mission Principal Investigator Dr. Barjatya, top left, and NASA Mission Manager Jay Scott, top right, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and NASA personnel. During the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse, the rockets will blast off with science instruments into the electrically charged portion of the atmosphere near the edge of space known as the ionosphere.

March 22, 2024, 8:29am Life

April’s total solar eclipse promises to be a scientific bonanza, thanks to new spacecraft and telescopes — and cosmic chance. Read story

This Aug. 23, 1965 photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, near the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico during training. Stafford, who commanded a dress rehearsal flight for the 1969 moon landing and the first U.S.-Soviet space linkup, died Monday, March 18, 2024. He was 93.

Astronaut Thomas Stafford, commander of Apollo 10, has died at age 93

This Aug. 23, 1965 photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, near the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico during training. Stafford, who commanded a dress rehearsal flight for the 1969 moon landing and the first U.S.-Soviet space linkup, died Monday, March 18, 2024. He was 93.

March 18, 2024, 3:11pm Life

Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, who commanded a dress rehearsal flight for the 1969 moon landing and the first U.S.-Soviet space linkup, died Monday. He was 93. Read story

Blobby creatures washed up on West Coast beaches during marine warming, sucking up energy

March 18, 2024, 8:01am Life

During recent marine heat waves, millions of gelatinous, pickle-like filter feeders washed up on West Coast beaches. Read story

FILE - Visitors hold their hands out to receive the sun's energy as they celebrate the Spring equinox atop the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Spring gets its official start Tuesday, March 19, 2024, in the Northern Hemisphere. On the equinoxes, the Earth's axis and orbit line up so both hemispheres get the same amount of sunlight.

The spring equinox is here. What does that mean?

FILE - Visitors hold their hands out to receive the sun's energy as they celebrate the Spring equinox atop the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Spring gets its official start Tuesday, March 19, 2024, in the Northern Hemisphere. On the equinoxes, the Earth's axis and orbit line up so both hemispheres get the same amount of sunlight.

March 18, 2024, 7:55am Latest News

officially, at least. Read story

Rae-Ann Eifert, a lake monitor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,  braved sub-freezing temperatures to gather buckets of water for testing off a Lake Michigan breakwater in Racine, Wis., on Feb. 28, 2024, as part of an effort across the Great Lakes to understand the effects of an iceless winter.  Unseasonable warmth has left the Great Lakes all but devoid of ice, leaving scientists scrambling to understand the consequences as climate change accelerates.

Fewer fish and more algae? Scientists seek to understand impacts of historic lack of Great Lakes ice

Rae-Ann Eifert, a lake monitor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,  braved sub-freezing temperatures to gather buckets of water for testing off a Lake Michigan breakwater in Racine, Wis., on Feb. 28, 2024, as part of an effort across the Great Lakes to understand the effects of an iceless winter.  Unseasonable warmth has left the Great Lakes all but devoid of ice, leaving scientists scrambling to understand the consequences as climate change accelerates.

March 17, 2024, 6:00am Life

Michigan Tech University biologists have been observing a remote Lake Superior island’s fragile wolf population every winter since 1958, but they had to cut this season’s planned seven-week survey short after just two weeks. Read story

The Appalachian cottontail is very &ldquo;elusive&rdquo; because of its isolated populations in the mountains and its striking similarities to the Eastern cottontail rabbit, according to North Carolina wildlife officials.

Getting the poop on shy rabbit; Researchers use critter’s scat to learn more about species

The Appalachian cottontail is very &ldquo;elusive&rdquo; because of its isolated populations in the mountains and its striking similarities to the Eastern cottontail rabbit, according to North Carolina wildlife officials.

March 15, 2024, 6:03am Life

Research in North Carolina involving rabbit poop could help protect a vulnerable species in the state, wildlife officials said. Read story

People gather to watch SpaceX&rsquo;s mega rocket Starship launch it&rsquo;s third test flight from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, Thursday, March 14, 2024.

SpaceX comes close to completing test flight of mega rocket but loses spacecraft near end

People gather to watch SpaceX&rsquo;s mega rocket Starship launch it&rsquo;s third test flight from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, Thursday, March 14, 2024.

March 14, 2024, 11:04am Business

SpaceX came close to completing an hourlong test flight of its mega rocket on its third try Thursday, but the spacecraft was lost as it descended back to Earth. Read story

A montage of some of the front pages of Britain&rsquo;s newspapers, in London, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The Princess of Wales has apologized for &ldquo;confusion&rdquo; caused by her altering of a family photo released by the palace. The image of Kate and her children was intended to calm concern and speculation about the princess&rsquo;s health, but had the opposite effect. Several news agencies that initially published the photo, including The Associated Press, withdrew the image over concerns about digital manipulation.

Delete a background? Easy. Smooth out a face? Seamless. Digital photo manipulation is now mainstream

A montage of some of the front pages of Britain&rsquo;s newspapers, in London, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The Princess of Wales has apologized for &ldquo;confusion&rdquo; caused by her altering of a family photo released by the palace. The image of Kate and her children was intended to calm concern and speculation about the princess&rsquo;s health, but had the opposite effect. Several news agencies that initially published the photo, including The Associated Press, withdrew the image over concerns about digital manipulation.

March 13, 2024, 7:48am Business

It’s been a common refrain when seeking proof that someone’s story or some event actually took place: “Pics, or it didn’t happen.” Read story