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  • Dolphin die-off recedes, but Unusual Mortality Event lingers along East Coast

    Dolphin die-off recedes, but Unusual Mortality Event lingers along East Coast
    Last year, Virginia witnessed the worst mass dolphin die-off in its history as more than 300 bottlenose dolphins began stranding — about five times the annual average. Marine biologists were flummoxed. They suspected a deadly morbillivirus, and...
  • Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds

    Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds
    Hummingbirds don't have teeth, and yet they have quite a sweet tooth. They eat insects to get such essentials as protein and fat, but most of their diet consists of sugary nectar. This has puzzled scientists. Humans and other animals who prefer sweet...
  • Feds to look at restoring grizzly bears to Pacific Northwest

    SEATTLE Nearly four decades after grizzly bears were declared threatened in the Lower 48 states, long-stalled efforts to bring the species back to Washington's North Cascades are rolling again. The federal government announced Thursday that it will...
  • Summer center can be 'life-changing' experience for students

    Summer center can be 'life-changing' experience for students
    Ari'Yonna Vrathwaite thought she would be a music producer when she grew up, until she started attending a program at the National Aquarium this week. Now, the program that gets students involved in research about the Chesapeake Bay watershed has given...
  • The fate of the California gnatcatcher

    The fate of the California gnatcatcher
    Southern California developers are petitioning federal authorities to kick the California gnatcatcher off the list of threatened species, where it's been since 1993. They're backed by a scientific study, which they helped fund, showing a lack of DNA...
  • Once-common marine birds disappearing from Pacific Northwest coast

    ANACORTES, Wash. The bird-counters stood in the windy bow chattering into headsets and scanning the Strait of Juan de Fuca with binoculars. "Scoters," Sherman Anderson said. "Three of them. At 11 o'clock. Look like surfs." "Marbled murrelets," he...
  • Killer sperm: Sexual 'arms race' takes its toll on females

    Killer sperm: Sexual 'arms race' takes its toll on females
    Sure, nobody really thinks of worm sperm as being cute and cuddly -- assuming one thinks about them at all -- but who would have thought they were stone cold killers? In a paper published Tuesday in PLOS Biology, a team of researchers who apparently...
  • University of Maryland wins grant to study STDs

    University of Maryland wins grant to study STDs
    The University of Maryland schools of dentistry and medicine have won a five-year $10.7 million federal grant to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases. The schools had just finished a $12 million five-year grant...
  • Classroom-raised alligator snapping turtles released

    Tonyisha Harris hadn't expected much emotion Friday when she and other Illinois high school students released alligator snapping turtles into the wild. After all, the turtles didn't have much personality. The ecology club she led at Whitney Young High...
  • On the California gnatcatcher and development

    To the editor: As the senior authors of the paper on the California gnatcatcher denigrated by Occidental College biologist John McCormack, we wish to make clear that, contrary to his implications, no one other than the authors had any say in the analyses,...
  • Conflicts of interest pervasive on California stem cell board

    There's no good time for a public agency to be embroiled in a conflict-of-interest scandal, but this is an especially delicate time for California's stem cell agency. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as the program is known formally,...