Newly discovered dog-size dino had protective armor, scientists say

The plant-eating creature lived nearly 100 million years ago and weighed about as much as a Boston terrier.

By Marisa IatiAugust 16, 2022

Loss of 21,000 fish at UC-Davis may delay research for years

They died of chlorine exposure in their tanks at a research facility, which the University of California at Davis called a “catastrophic failure.”

By Praveena SomasundaramAugust 15, 2022

Some spiders may enter REM sleep — and maybe even dream, study says

A new study suggests that jumping spiders might enter rapid eye movement sleep — a phase of rest associated with learning, memory consolidation and dreaming.

By Julian MarkAugust 15, 2022

Video shows sleep-like behaviors in jumping spiders

Scientists filmed jumping spiders overnight with an infrared camera and saw their legs twitching, a marker of REM sleep in other organisms.

August 14, 2022

How the effectiveness of vaccines helped ease CDC guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened many of its coronavirus recommendations and placed more responsibility on individuals.

August 13, 2022

Global warming and dairy cows: Why heat is bad for milk production

In the study, the warm cows’ milk production declined and the heat-stressed cows had higher insulin levels. They also ate and drank less.

By Erin BlakemoreAugust 13, 2022

What does ‘splooting’ mean? And why are squirrels doing it?

A tweet from New York City’s parks agency had everyone curious about the meaning and origin of “splooting.” The good news? Squirrels that “sploot” are doing just fine.

By Adela SulimanAugust 12, 2022

World ignored monkeypox threats, including signs of sexual transmission

Reports from Nigeria beginning in 2017 suggested the virus appeared to be spreading through sexual contact and affecting mostly young men.

By Mark JohnsonAugust 12, 2022

William ‘Marty’ Martin, authority on eastern timber rattlesnakes, dies at 80

William "Marty" Martin worked to change perceptions of snakes and call attention to threats from climate change and human encroachment.

By Brian MurphyAugust 10, 2022

New Langya virus that may have spilled over from animals infects dozens

Scientists detected another potential zoonotic spillover nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic, though evidence suggests very low fatality rates.

By Amy ChengAugust 10, 2022

Ancient panda species discovered in Southeast Europe

Researchers used a set of fossilized teeth discovered in the 1970s to uncover a species of panda that had lived in what is now Bulgaria.

By Erin BlakemoreAugust 6, 2022

Volcano eruption near Iceland airport sparks travel fears, risky photo shoots

The Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwest Iceland is close to the Keflavik Airport, a major global hub.

By Adela Suliman and Morgan CoatesAugust 4, 2022

The pigs had been dead for an hour. Scientists made their hearts beat again.

Yale researchers’ experiments with the OrganEx system could have far-reaching consequences for organ transplantation.

By Amy ChengAugust 4, 2022

Scientists create synthetic mouse embryos, a potential key to healing humans

The objective, said scientists involved with the research, is not to create mice or babies outside the womb.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonAugust 1, 2022

Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek franchise, dies at 89

Nichelle Nichols helped break ground on TV by showing a Black woman in a position of authority and who shared with co-star William Shatner one of the first interracial kisses on American prime-time television.

By Adam BernsteinJuly 31, 2022

New space race holds promise, but possible environmental risks, too

As more communities welcome spaceports, questions are popping up about the facilities' impact on the land and wildlife nearby.

By Alex BrownJuly 31, 2022

Environmental disasters slam Latin America and Caribbean, report says

Heat waves, wildfires and even sandstorms swept through the region in 2021, with 75,000 fire outbreaks occurring in the Brazilian Amazon alone.

By Erin BlakemoreJuly 30, 2022

Leon Rosenberg, trailblazing human geneticist, dies at 89

A former dean of Yale's medical school, he oversaw pharmaceutical research and defended abortion rights. He also chronicled his struggle with bipolar disorder.

By Harrison SmithJuly 29, 2022
In SightPerspective

This vegetable garden is 25 feet underwater. Take a look.

Just off the coast of Italy, a group of scuba divers are growing basil 25 feet underwater. It's part of a novel type of aquaculture focused on sustainability.

By Tristen RouseJuly 29, 2022