Biology

Study finds robust polar bear population in sea near Alaska

Nov 16, 2018

A study of polar bears in the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia finds that the population is thriving for now despite a loss of sea ice due to climate change

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Nov 15, 2018

'Castration-free' pigs and hornless dairy cows are the farm animals being brought to life by a gene-editing company

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

Nov 10, 2018

Big studies reveal mixed results on who does and does not benefit from taking fish oil or vitamin D

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

Oct 20, 2018

A Louisiana biologist is in heady company these days, honored by having a newly identified species of snake named after him

'Brazen Botanist' sentenced to jail for plant thefts

Oct 17, 2018

Massachusetts man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch pleads guilty

Nevada bear biologist gets protective order against activist

Oct 15, 2018

A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her during a long-running dispute over the capture of nuisance bears

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct 13, 2018

A lawsuit making its way through federal court Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct 12, 2018

Biosphere 2 was declared a failure by detractors because oxygen had to be pumped into what was supposed to be a sealed, fully self-sustaining system

Genetic glitch increases men's risk of impotence, study says

Oct 8, 2018

Scientists say they've located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man's risk of impotence

Northeastern US seeks to prevent arrival of deer disease

Oct 7, 2018

Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with an always fatal deer disease that was recently discovered in Quebec

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