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Great White arrives on Cape Cod: Is this the summer of the shark?

Conservancy group makes season's first official sighting of a great white shark off Massachusetts beach. The 14-foot female is followed by a research boat for an hour.

Science July 1, 2014

Triceratops' horns only took two million years in the making

Distinctive triple horns that gave triceratops its name was long in evolving, researchers say. Fossils show evolution over millions of years, they say.

Science July 1, 2014

Ocean plastic pollution on decline but where exactly is it going?

Research find less floating plastic in the world's oceans than expected, scientists say. That's a concern, since it must be disappearing to somewhere else.

Science July 1, 2014

Jacobi iterative math strategy gets a makeover and speed infusion

Math technique developed a century and a half ago gets revved up for use in the age of computers. Researchers say their tweak makes it 200 times faster.

Science July 1, 2014

Plastic as much as 40,000 tons in our oceans: Study

A recent study estimates that there is around 40,000 tons of floating plastic in our Earth's oceans. The latest estimate is less than what many scientists predicted.

Science July 4, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers prove Jacobi iterative math method is not slow

A math strategy more than a hundred years old and considered too time-consuming to be useful in the modern world gets a fresh new update and can become very useful in the world of computer simulations.

Science July 1, 2014

Scientists trace 'growth blip' among Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D.

Is the world’s massive population on a crash course headed for extinction? Anthropologists discover an ancient baby boom in southwestern North America and ended up kaput.

Science July 1, 2014

Air quality impacting insect pollination, food finding capabilities

Latest study shows that air pollution can interfere with an insect's sense of smell. This can prevent pollinators from being able to find flowers.

Science July 1, 2014

Salamanders shrink from global warming new study says

Salamanders are reportedly shrinking due to the effects of climate change in North America, scientists believe. A recently released study points to data from the Appalachians.

Science July 1, 2014

NASA satellite focused on global warming, CO2 levels

NASA prepares to launch its Orbiting Carbon Observatory, again. The $468 million mission seeks to help scientists learn more about carbon dioxide emissions and climate change, so they can provide lawmakers with even more evidence on the issue.

Science July 1, 2014

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 to launch on July 1 - hopefully

NASA will attempt to launch the OCO-2 spacecraft on July 1. This will be the first mission for the space agency aimed directly at measuring levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Science June 30, 2014

Bee nerd says western bumblebees recovering - what does this mean for bee populations?

Has one species of bee started developing a resistance to the cause of deaths for colonies throughout the U.S. and Europe?

Science July 1, 2014

Emperor penguins declining, but how is climate change affecting other arctic species?

Climate change could be harming emperor penguins, but how are populations of the animals that hunt the birds faring?

Science July 1, 2014

NASA to launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory, eye on the sky for climate change

NASA will launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) on July 1. OCO will keep an eye on carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere, which is also responsible for climate change.

Science June 30, 2014

First sighting for 2014: Researchers spot female great white shark off Cape Cod

The first Great White or white shark of the season was spotted off Cape Cod earlier than usual by a team of researchers. They named the female shark “Ping.”

Science July 1, 2014

Boston parks get solar-powered mobile charging benches

These park benches aren’t only made for sitting—they’re for mobile phone charging, too! Check out what Soofa is all about, which will soon roll out in Boston.

Science June 30, 2014

Emperor penguins in danger of extinction due to climate change

A group of researchers say the 600,000 emperor penguins in Antarctica are in danger of being wiped from the face of the Earth, despite the growing levels of sea ice in the region.

Science June 30, 2014

NASA successfully tests LDSD Mars flying saucer [Video]

NASA is serious about sending envoys to the Red Planet and is one step closer to that dream after successfully testing new technologies for sending supplies and humans to Mars.

Science June 30, 2014

Hawaiian land use board gives tentative approval for controversial telescope, intended as world's largest

World's largest telescope planned for summit of Hawaiian volcano is at center of debate. Opponents cite property issues, feelings of Native Hawaiians.

Science July 1, 2014

Environmentalists, hobbyists clash over collection of tropical fish in Hawaiian waters

Conservation group fights battle with collectors, hobbyists over harvesting of tropical fish for aquariums. Debate rages over Hawaiian aquarium fisheries.

Science June 30, 2014

Tropical aquariums spark hot tempers in Hawaii

The aquarium trade is taking almost half a million tropical fish each year from waters off Hawaii. One controversial environmental group has vowed to end the practice.

Science June 30, 2014

After Angara rocket delay, what's next for the Russian space program?

Angara, the first new Russian rocket since the Cold War, was delayed from its maiden flight. But how important is it to Moscow for the rocket design to work?

Science June 28, 2014

UN Leader Ban Ki-Moon adopts lion cub in Kenya - but why?

A lion cub was adopted by the United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon in Nairobi. What does this have to do with an important environmental meeting?

Science June 30, 2014

Mars was cold and wet? Curiosity sees evidence of glaciers at Mount Sharp

Evidence of ancient glaciers at Mount Sharp on Mars may reveal the red planet was once cold and wet, but what does that mean for the search for alien life?

Science June 29, 2014

Invasive water snakes seen as threat to native California species

Water snake species from Eastern U.S. seen as risk as they make move into California. Native species could be out-competed for food, researchers say, or even become prey.

Science June 30, 2014

NASA to test Mars-bound flying saucer in Hawaii...if weather permits

NASA is looking to test a flying saucer that will be used to land in Mars off the coast of an island in Hawaii. The test has been delayed for weeks due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Science June 28, 2014

Cherokea attakullakulla, new moth species named after Cherokee chief

Scientists have revealed the presence of a new species of moth fluttering through the canebrake habitats in the southern Appalachian mountains. The moth has been named in honor of a Cherokee tribe leader.

Science June 28, 2014

Orcas are still threatened by extinction

Southern resident Orcas, otherwise known as killer whales, face several threats to their survival as a species. Ten years after protective efforts began by NOAA, they face problems.

Science July 2, 2014

Cloudina - how one of the first animals built an ancient reef

One of the world's first animals made an ancient reef out of cement. This is how the creature did it.

Science June 29, 2014

Pablo Escobar hippopotamus population now invasive in Columbia

Hippopotamuses owned by Pablo Escobar outlived their owner, and are now becoming an invasive species in the near-ideal climate.

Science June 29, 2014

Air quality improves across U.S. - are you breathing easy yet?

NASA images show air quality is improving across the U.S., but tens of millions still live in polluted areas.

Science June 28, 2014

Elephant Shrew was size of the mouse, with genes (and trunk) of a pachyderm

Elephant shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.

Science June 28, 2014

Wood Stork may soon fly off the endangered species list

America's only native stork is doing well enough to be upgraded from endangered to threatened, officials say. Wood stork populations are increasing as birds move into new habitats.

Science June 27, 2014

Good news! Our air is cleaner than ever report satellite images

Images from NASA satellites show improved air quality, especially in major U.S. cities. Improvement seen across 10 years of satellite data.

Science June 27, 2014

Russian Angara rocket grounded due to tech glitches

Russia postpones launch of first new rocket design since the Soviet era. Technical glitch aborts launch just before blast-off, rescheduled for next day.

Science June 27, 2014

Baby eagle's death on webcam hits viewers hard

Despite outcry from webcam viewers, officials decline to interfere to save dying eaglet in nest. Nature must be allowed to take its course, they say.

Science June 27, 2014

Want to win $10K? Just prove global warming is a farce

Physicist challenges deniers of climate change to prove their claims. He says he'll pay $10,000 to anyone who can.

Science June 27, 2014

Is it a mouse? A miniscule elephant? New mammal discovered in Africa

Tiny mouse-like creature known as a shrew shows surprising genetic similarities to one of the world's largest animals, the elephant. New species was found in the deserts of Namibia in Africa.

Science June 27, 2014

Car fumes, foul odors distract pollinators from finding their targets

Fumes coming from cars and trucks aren’t just bad for humans. They’re awful on moths and possibly other pollinators too by preventing the insects from finding their nectar source and pollinating flowers.

Science June 28, 2014

World Cup on ISS: U.S. vs. German astronauts on goal celebrations, wagers

The International Space Station has caught World Cup Fever, with U.S. astronauts making a wager with a German astronaut on the recently concluded match between the two countries.

Science June 27, 2014

Electric eel genome sequence shocks evolutionary biologists. Surprised?

Fish have evolved the ability to generate large magnetic fields at least six times, and now, the genetic code has been revealed that gives muscle cells the ability to deliver large voltages, like electric eels.

Science June 27, 2014

Monkeys evolve differing faces to avoid crossbreeding

Guenon monkeys have distinctive faces, making it easy to tell one species from another - but why did these stylish animals evolve?

Science June 27, 2014

Wildlife webcams expose ugly side of nature: Viewers shocked by death of abandoned eaglet

The death of an eagle chick on a wildlife webcam upset some viewers. Here is why conservationists won't rescue its sibling.

Science June 27, 2014

Private space tourism balloon passes flight test, may go commercial in 2016

Space tourists could head to the edge of space by 2016, at a price lower than a trip around the world.

Science June 30, 2014

Neanderthal poop suggests early humans loved veggies

Vegetables, as well as meats, may have been an important part of Neanderthal diet, a new study reveals.

Science June 27, 2014

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