February 5, 2013 |
She is described as awesome. And wonderful. And maybe a little weird. She is the world's oldest known living wild bird at age 62, and she produced a healthy chick that hatched Sunday. It's pretty amazing that Wisdom , named by scientists who stuck a tag on her ankle years ago, has lived this long. The average Laysan albatross dies at less than half her age. Scientists thought that, like other birds, albatross females became infertile late in life and carried on without producing chicks.
April 30, 2013 |
It's a tough world from the moment of conception for a sand tiger shark . When a female gets pregnant, it's usually with multiple offspring of several different male sharks . As soon as the fetuses are old enough, they begin a cannibalistic battle for primacy in utero, with only one surviving. Now scientists have concluded that this is not just a response to crowded conditions but represents an evolutionary strategy that allows the most aggressive male sharks to...
January 10, 2012 |
TEHRAN — A scientist linked to Iran's nuclear program was killed in his car by a bomb-wielding assailant on Wednesday, a bold rush-hour attack that experts say points to a further escalation in a covert campaign targeting the country's atomic officials and institutions. The precision hit in a northern Tehran neighborhood killed the 32-year-old chemical engineer employed at Iran's main uranium-enrichment facility and brought to four the number of Iranian scientists killed by bombs...
November 19, 2012 |
If you were told you had an ecosystem living in your belly button, it might come as a bit of shock. The Belly Button Biodiversity project has set out to catalog just what's living inside the navel. The project, overseen by scientists from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences , has taken a sampling of belly button swabs from themselves as well as students, science bloggers and others. The BBB scientists want to strike...
July 7, 2012 |
Michelle Amaral wanted to be a brain scientist to help cure diseases. She planned a traditional academic science career: PhD, university professorship and, eventually, her own lab. But three years after earning a doctorate in neuroscience, she gave up trying to find a permanent job in her field. Dropping her dream, she took an administrative position at her university, experiencing firsthand an economic reality that, at first look, is counterintuitive: There are too many laboratory scientists for...
April 24, 2008 |
More than half the Environmental Protection Agency scientists who responded to an independent survey made public yesterday said that they had witnessed political interference in scientific decisions at the agency during the past five years. The claim comes from a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group that sent questionnaires to 5,500 EPA scientists and obtained 1,586 responses. Among the scientists' complaints were that data sometimes were used selectively to justify a specific...