Bear caught on video in Silver Spring yard stealing food from birds

Wildlife experts said they believe the bear was a male about 1½-years-old weighing between 100 and 200 pounds.

By Dana HedgpethMay 24, 2022

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

Doctors and infectious-disease experts across the continent have worked to contain monkeypox outbreaks for years. Few seemed to care, or even notice, until people in the West started getting sick.

By Danielle Paquette and Rael OmbuorMay 24, 2022

Ben Roy Mottelson, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 95

He shared the Nobel Prize in 1975 for his work on the structure and behavior of the atomic nucleus.

By Martin WeilMay 21, 2022

Amazonian ‘camera traps’ provided images for massive archive

The camera traps in the data set have snapped photos of 317 animal species in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 21, 2022

Scientist finds professor who supported her love for bugs when she was 4

Rebecca Varney met Vernard Lewis at an entomology museum, where he let her hold a hissing cockroach and a live scorpion, and told her she could get something called a PhD and spend her life researching bugs.

By Dawn FallikMay 21, 2022

Kayakers find an 8,000-year-old human skull in Minnesota River

The sheriff's office thought the skull might belong to a missing person. Then a report came back.

By Hannah KnowlesMay 19, 2022

In a massive Chinese sinkhole, scientists find a secret forest

Researchers say the hole, which spans more than 176 million cubic feet, could be home to previously unidentified plant and animal species.

By Marisa IatiMay 19, 2022

Fowl play: A wild turkey keeps attacking people on a D.C. trail

A wild turkey allegedly attacked a woman this week on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

By Dana HedgpethMay 19, 2022

Quiz: Do you know the sweaty truth about these common fitness myths?

Many things we've been told about exercise are just wrong. See if you can identify the tidbits of truth in this interactive quiz about exercise myths.

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Shelly TanMay 18, 2022

Anxious, lonely or angry? Try dancing.

Starre Vartan does some moves. She says dancing makes her feel relieved, relaxed and even content in a way that a hard swim or run doesn't.

By May 17, 2022

UFO hearing features historic testimony from Pentagon officials

The hearing marked the first time in more than 50 years that U.S. officials have provided testimony for public consumption about their investigation of UFOs.

By Shane HarrisMay 17, 2022

Hawaii residents seek answers to ‘infestation of feral chickens’

Feral chickens have deep roots in Hawaii. But the mushrooming population of birds has left residents pleading for an end to their constant shrieking.

By María Luisa PaúlMay 17, 2022

Marilyn Fogel, ‘isotope queen’ of science, dies at 69

She helped develop the field of biogeochemistry and showed its power in making discoveries about nature, ecology, the long-term history of living things and the possibilities of life on other worlds.

By Martin WeilMay 16, 2022

Global shipping trade is killing whale sharks

A study suggests modern shipping is killing far more of the endangered species than previously thought.

By Erin BlakemoreMay 14, 2022

Fox caught and euthanized after 1 killed 25 flamingos at National Zoo

More than a week after a fox broke into the National Zoo in Northwest Washington and killed 25 flamingos, one has been caught and euthanized, officials said. They can't confirm if it's the same fox.

By Dana HedgpethMay 13, 2022

Plants grow in lunar soil brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts

The plant is edible. But not especially tasty.

By Joel AchenbachMay 12, 2022

Event Horizon team releases first image of a supermassive black hole

Researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope team on May 12 released images of a supermassive black hole near the constellation Sagittarius.

By May 12, 2022

Supermassive black hole seen at the center of our galaxy

The Event Horizon Telescope has obtained the first image of the long-theorized supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

By Joel AchenbachMay 12, 2022

What’s new with Percy the Mars rover?

Follow the adventures of a historic mission through the eyes and ears of the NASA rover

By N. Kirkpatrick,  Frank Hulley-Jones and Laris KarklisMay 11, 2022

Private lands are the next battleground in state conservation policy

Interest from owners wanting to set aside their property for conservation has increased in the past few years

By Alex BrownMay 8, 2022