ATLANTIC, Va. — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength.
WASHINGTON — Three simple numbers will prove whether sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81.
VANCOUVER — Some pale whales appear to tan in order to protect themselves from sunburn, says a new study.
An international team of scientists took mitochondrial DNA samples from blue whales, fin whales and sperm whales to check for genetic damage from ultraviolet rays.
TORONTO — A new study sounds a cautionary note for work that is being done to try to develop vaccines to protect against all subtypes of influenza.
WASHINGTON — Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now.
Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. The reddish-brown animal is about 2 feet long with a long tail and weighs about 2 pounds.
GRASSY KEY, Fla. — A dog may be man’s best friend, but dolphins can imitate human actions, and even how they solve problems.
When a dolphin has one of its senses blocked, it can use other senses to mimic a human’s movements, according to a recent study.
NEW YORK — Some 60 years ago, an American doctor removed cancer cells from a poor black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and laid the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech industry.
TORONTO — European scientists have uncovered a clue to the mystery of where the new MERS coronavirus resides in nature, reporting evidence that dromedary camels can be infected with the virus.
The finding is the first confirmation of MERS infection in a species other than humans, though it does not prove that the animals are the source of infections in people, the authors were quick to say.
LONDON — They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavour.
Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavour because of the lack of fat.
WASHINGTON — Only a few species of mammals are monogamous, and now dueling scientific teams think they have figured out why they got that way. But their answers are not exactly romantic.
The answers are not even the same.