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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.


GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.


'One Of A Kind' Collection Of Animal Eyeballs Aids Research On Vision Problems

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Most of the 56,000 eyes sent to the little lab in Wisconsin come from vets who want help diagnosing dogs, cats and horses. But the repository also has eyes from sloths, elephant seals and dragonflies.


Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

Monday, June 26, 2017

In 1969 it was the orbiting home and refuge for the first astronauts who walked on the moon. Today, after decades on display in a Smithsonian museum, the module is being restored for a national tour.


A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Three genetic changes could be enough to make a bird flu strain that's already killing some people in China highly contagious. Are experiments with a deliberately mutated version too risky?


Scientists Discover A Scorched Planet With A Comet-Like Tail

Monday, June 05, 2017

The planet called KELT-9b is around three times more massive than Jupiter. It orbits a blue star about 650 light-years away from Earth that's nearly twice as hot as our own sun.


Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.


Common Lead Test Can Give False Results, FDA Warns

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.


Tyrannosaurus Rex's Bite Force Measured 8,000 Pounds, Scientists Say

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"That's like setting three small cars on top of the jaws of a T. rex — that's basically what was pushing down," a researcher says. Humans bite with a measly 200 pounds of force.


Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Police departments in about 95 percent of cities nationally have put wearable cameras on officers, or soon plan to. But do these body cameras make neighborhoods safer? Scientists want to find out.


Recordings Reveal That Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.


Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.


No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Don't call it empathy, scientists say. These termite-eating ants only retrieve injured comrades on the way home from a hunt, not before. But the hurt ants do recover better at home — to fight again.


Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The controversial study of climate engineering — aka deliberately messing with Earth's temperature — was finally starting to regain a measure of respectability. And then came President Trump.


Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Monday, March 20, 2017

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.


Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.


The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

Monday, March 13, 2017

Charles Byrne was about 7 feet 7 inches tall, an 18th century marvel whose height came from a pituitary tumor. He asked for privacy in death, but his skeleton is still on display in a London museum.


SpaceX Moves To Launch First-Ever Private Mission To The Moon

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SpaceX claims it will launch the first ever private moon mission in 2018, which would send people to the moon for the first time in 45 years. The announcement may signify the start of a new race to the moon, this time between NASA and the private space industry.


Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.


Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets Around A Nearby Star

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some of the planets could be home to liquid water, but it remains unclear whether life could exist on such strange worlds.