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  • IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs

    IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs
    International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson...
  • Study discovers households marked by 'signature' bacteria

    Study discovers households marked by 'signature' bacteria
    Families and roommates share plenty — food, bathrooms, dishes. A study published Thursday adds a less visible but ubiquitous item to the list: bacteria. Households carry a common community of bacteria, populating surfaces such as doorknobs,...
  • New Field Museum exhibit brings ancient Madagascar to life

    New Field Museum exhibit brings ancient Madagascar to life
    More than just the setting for a fanciful cartoon movie, Madagascar, of course, is a real island boasting some of the most fascinating biological history on Earsth. A new Field Museum exhibition, opening Saturday, tries to tell some of that story --...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gurnee man first documented West Nile case in Lake County this year

    Gurnee man first documented West Nile case in Lake County this year
    Lake County's first documented case of West Nile Virus is a 48-year-old Gurnee man, as Health Department officials credit a cool, wet summer with depressing the population of virus-carrying culex mosquitoes, which thrive in hot, dry conditions. In...
  • Clever trout rival chimpanzees at choosing good allies, study finds

    Clever trout rival chimpanzees at choosing good allies, study finds
    Don’t play games with the coral trout – it might just outmaneuver you. These fish appear to be just as skilled as chimpanzees at picking the best, most able allies to help them nab some food, new research shows. The findings, described in...
  • Congressional panel critical of federal plan to list bat species as endangered

     Congressional panel critical of federal plan to list bat species as endangered
    HARRISBURG — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is debating whether to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species because a fungal disease has wiped out 99 percent of the colonies that hibernate in one spot. And Republican members...
  • Boca Raton, nature center and university unveil new digs for marine life

    Boca Raton, nature center and university unveil new digs for marine life
    With hundreds of hatchlings squirming in the tanks below, dignitaries from Florida Atlantic University, the city of Boca Raton and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center celebrated an improvement in their accommodations. Over the past year, FAU's marine...