Biology

Study: Distance restrictions on orcas haven't hurt tourism

Dec 25, 2017

A study by a federal agency has found that restrictions limiting boats from getting too close to endangered southern resident killer whales have not harmed the whale-watching industry

Snowy owls wintering in US fitted with tiny tracking devices

Dec 22, 2017

Snowy owls wintering in parts of the U.S. and Canada may head back to the Arctic next spring wearing tiny transmitters that track their movements

Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths

Dec 20, 2017

Poinsettia plants aren't really poisonous and snowflakes can contain bacteria: holiday myths and truths

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