| Feb 15, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Let's face it. It's easy to take for granted that mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish -- vertebrates just like people -- have a face. But it has not always been the case.
The first creatures with a backbone -- jawless fish from hundreds of...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 6:05 PM
SEATTLE — A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist.
Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:49 PM
If you’re looking for hot spots of diversity, look to the Earth’s warm, sweaty midsection. The tropical regions near the equator both produce new species faster and lose them more slowly, according to a study that analyzed the evolution and...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:59 AM
It is almidón sagrado, or "sacred starch," in the poetry of Dr. Marinaelo Medrano, author of the collection "Diosas de la Yuca" (Goddesses of the Yuca).
Yuca bears no resemblance to the similarly spelled, flowering desert plant called yucca, although...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Scientists have discovered more than 180 species of biofluorescent fish that glow in neon shades of blue, red, orange and green -- most of them hiding out in tropical coral reefs.
Some of the fish glow just around their eyes. Others have intricate...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 2:34 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday appointed Francesca Grifo as the agency’s official in charge of scientific integrity.
In addition to overseeing the scientific integrity program, Grifo will chair an internal committee that...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 9:38 PM
A state coastal agency could soon decide whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development.
The California Coastal...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 9:00 AM
NEW YORK — Bringing a long list of prepared questions to an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson is a fool's errand. That's not to say a conversation with the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History isn't...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"DON'T MATTER how much money you got. There are two kinds of people; there's saved people and there's lost people."
So said Bob Dylan.
NOW THAT teen idol, troublemaker deluxe, Justin Bieber has finally been arrested -- speeding in a car while under...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Today’s Movie Quote Quiz is a tribute to one movie that came up in conversation with my friend at Tuesday’s night’s Triple A Championship Game at Coca Cola Park. It has nothing to do with baseball; our conversations tend to......
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Scientists have discovered the last blood meal of a 46 million-year-old female mosquito, and isolated a little fragment of the protein in it, too.
The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show...