Biology

Scuba-diving Santa Claus delights children in San Francisco

Dec 20, 2017

The California Academy of Sciences kicked off its annual Scuba Santa show Tuesday with about 100 children and adults who crowded around a coral reef exhibit to watch jolly St. Nick feed fish

Striking a chord, NIH taps the brain to find how music heals

Dec 19, 2017

NIH bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tune into brain in search for music's healing power

Gene therapy for rare form of blindness wins US approval

Dec 19, 2017

U.S. health officials approve gene therapy that can restore the sight of patients with a rare form of inherited blindness

New bird species named for Harvard 'father of biodiversity'

Dec 14, 2017

A new species of bird has been named for a retired Harvard biologist known as "the father of biodiversity."

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

Dec 10, 2017

Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

Nov 29, 2017

Scientists used artificial DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria that produces novel proteins, a step toward designer drug development

Black bears back in eastern Nevada after 80-year absence

Nov 26, 2017

A new study says more than 500 black bears have returned to parts of their historic range in the Great Basin of Nevada where the species disappeared about 80 years ago

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans

Nov 22, 2017

Hundreds of U.S. veterans who fought in Vietnam have reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet _ test results show some may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite in Southeast Asia

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

Nov 20, 2017

Harbor seals, sea lions and other marine mammals have been rebounding in recent decades and they're devouring more of the chinook salmon prized by endangered Puget Sound orcas

Purdue professor receives $5M grant for grain research

Nov 19, 2017

A Purdue University professor has received a $5 million grant to help develop hybrid grain seeds that will resist parasite weeds

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