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Astronomers Are On A Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.

In The Pacific Northwest, Oil Train Derailment Highlights Potential Dangers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 1:50pm

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.

Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:35am

There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.

Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:15am

As a federal state of emergency ends for Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver says residents don't trust that government officials have fully addressed the lead contamination of their water.

He's Brilliant, She's Lovely: Teaching Computers To Be Less Sexist

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 7:01am

Algorithms teach computers how to process language. But because they draw on human writing, they have some biases. Researchers are trying to weed out those problematic associations.

Where Lead Lurks And Why Even Small Amounts Matter

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:40am

Federal environmental regulations for lead in drinking water still leave room for concentrations high enough to pose a health hazard, critics say.

Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:16pm

Thanks to an aggressive recovery effort, a species of tiny foxes endemic to California recovers in what researchers say is record time.

Bald Eagle's Comeback Means Bad News For Other Rare Birds

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

The recovery of the bald eagle is bad news for herons, loons and other rare birds. Their numbers are being decimated by eagles who prey upon them.

Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:01pm

This Arctic species can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone, scientists say — maybe more than 500 years. Their muscles might hold clues that could help humans.

Robot-Like Machines Helped People With Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:00am

Eight people with serious spinal injuries who practiced hours of interaction with wearable machines for months regained lost feeling and some ability to move.

Astronomers Predict Incredible Show As Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

The popular annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. If astronomical predictions hold true, it could be the best show in years.

This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going To Be Quite A Show — Here's How To Watch

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:03pm

Stargazers, get ready for something spectacular on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower, already one of the most reliably impressive celestial events, promises to be especially good this year.

Puerto Rico's Efforts To Stop Zika Are Hampered By Mistrust

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:03am

Puerto Rico has more reported cases of Zika than many other places in the region, and the number of cases continues to rise. Unfortunately, Zika is just one of the island's many problems.

Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:42am

Hundreds of elite endurance athletes were taking the prescription heart drug meldonium until it was banned in January. But a similar heart drug, telmisartan, is still allowed.

Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:14pm

The study finds, in many cases, amounts barely higher than government guidelines allow, but significant levels in 66 water supplies. The chemicals are very persistent once in the environment.

Short Answers To Big Questions: Exploring Atoms In Space

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

You've got science questions — we've got answers! Or our astrophysicist, Adam Frank, does. So ask your big questions, and we'll give you short answers. Today he explores atoms in space.

Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:37pm

Many of the most powerful antibiotics have lost their punch. Some Stanford students think they've found a different way to attack bacteria that the germs can't overcome.

Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 1:11pm

Elderly hospital patients often arrive sick and leave worse off. But some hospitals are preventing these sharp declines by treating the elderly in units that minimize bedrest and spur mobility.

How the Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:22am

Science writer Ed Yong talks about his new book, which looks at diet and the microbiome and whether poop transplants and probiotics are all they're cracked up to be.




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