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Study Blames Global Warming for 75 Percent of Very Hot Days

April 28, 2015 9:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | News | Comments

If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.

Late Spring Complicates Already Perilous Amphibian Migration

April 27, 2015 10:38 am | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter.

Diabetes Drug Found in Freshwater, Potential Cause of Intersex Fish

April 27, 2015 10:29 am | by University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | News | Comments

A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish -male fish that produce eggs.

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Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

Experts Warn Ebola Epidemic Could Return With a Vengeance

April 21, 2015 11:44 am | by St. George's University of London | News | Comments

Health experts have warned that a greater flexibility must be brought to medical trials to combat diseases like Ebola to avoid facing another nightmare outbreak.

Agency Proposes Lifting Most Humpback Whales' Protections

April 20, 2015 4:35 pm | by Caleb Jones, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whale population from the endangered species list, saying they have rebounded after 45 years of protections.

Oldest Ever DNA Sample from Calcified Neanderthal Man

April 17, 2015 1:52 pm | by Sean Alloca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Articles | Comments

Bones found in an Italian cave over two decades ago might have provided the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever tested.

Obama Presents Climate Change as Hazard to Your Health

April 7, 2015 8:41 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

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Potential Life on a Saturn Moon

April 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Hydrothermal vents on a Saturn moon are so similar to life-ridden hydrothermal vents on Earth, scientists think they may find life up there, says a report in Nature.

Study: Some Ants Have More Taste for Human Food Than Others

April 2, 2015 10:11 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not just people who love the food in New York City. So do certain ants.

3-D Human Skin Maps Aid Study of Relationships Between Molecules, Microbes and Environment

March 31, 2015 4:39 pm | by University of Calif, San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. 

Report: Diversity of New England Plant Life is Threatened

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct.

Two Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida

March 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.

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Czechs Deploy Wild Horses from Britain to Save Biodiversity

March 25, 2015 2:37 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain's Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Prague, the Czech capital.

Researchers Find Fossil of 'Super Salamander' Species

March 25, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The species grew up to two meters (six feet) in length and lived in lakes and rivers.

Oldest Homo Fossil Implies Humans Created by Climate Change

March 25, 2015 9:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

On an East African hill somewhere in “Afar,” a stone’s throw from “Awash,” two sections of a large detached jawbone grinned brokenly at Ethiopian Arizona State University (ASU) graduate student Chalachew Seyoum. The pieces were just lying there, so the student picked them up and brought them together. They fit “perfectly,” he said.

Spread of Infectious Diseases Could be Linked to Changing Climate

March 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one zoologist thinks so.

Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors During Pregnancy Affects Brain Two Generations Later

March 6, 2015 10:26 am | by The Endocrine Society | News | Comments

Prenatal exposure to low doses of the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, change the developing brain in an area involved in metabolism, and some effects are apparent even two generations later, a new study finds.   

DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive or Invasive Species

March 3, 2015 4:18 pm | by Phuong Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.               

A Mollusk of a Different Stripe

February 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

Optical features embedded in marine shells may help develop responsive, transparent displays.                            

Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind's Future

February 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Luis Andres Henao and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Earth's past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents.                  

2 Dead, Over 170 Potentially Exposed in 'Superbug' Outbreak

February 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

Plants Survive Mass Extinctions Better Than Animals

February 18, 2015 12:33 pm | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

At least 5 mass extinction events have profoundly changed the history of life on Earth. But a new study led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg shows that plants have been very resilient to those events.  

Tiny Oregon Minnow is First Fish Taken Off Endangered List

February 17, 2015 3:51 pm | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.          

Australian Project to Combat Myanmar Snake Deaths

February 17, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia is funding a three-year, 2.3 million Australian dollar ($1.8 million) project that will aid snakebite victims in Myanmar by upgrading care facilities and the quality and availability of antivenom.         

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