Bulky or slender? Megalodon study reignites debate over extinct shark.

The extinct shark is often imagined as a supersized great white measuring up to 50 feet long. Now scientists argue megalodon was slimmer, and perhaps even longer.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonJanuary 21, 2024

Scientists find four new octopus species off Costa Rica

The finds took place during two expeditions devoted to exploring an underwater mountain that’s home to an octopus nursery.

By Erin BlakemoreJanuary 21, 2024

Pet dog helps rescue owner who fell into frozen Michigan lake

Pet dog Ruby helped officer Kammeron Bennetts rescue her Traverse City owner, who had fallen into a freezing Arbutus Lake in East Bay Township, Michigan police said.

By Adela SulimanJanuary 20, 2024

Science is revealing why American politics are so intensely polarized

Social scientists say polarization is increasingly based on a visceral dislike for the opposition rather than extremely divergent policy preferences.

By Joel AchenbachJanuary 20, 2024

Male and female dung beetles share the workload to get ahead, study finds

Teamwork makes the dream work: Dung beetles are more effective at moving balls of fecal matter they use for breeding when they pair up, researchers found.

By Leo SandsJanuary 18, 2024

Roy Calne, a pioneer of organ transplant surgery, dies at 93

The British surgeon introduced new drugs and techniques for organ transplantation, earning one of medicine’s top honors and giving hope to millions of patients.

By Harrison SmithJanuary 16, 2024

How doctors are using AI to diagnose a hidden heart condition in kids

The system allows nurses to diagnose children at risk for rheumatic heart disease when they can still be treated with penicillin, potentially saving thousands

By Mark JohnsonJanuary 16, 2024

NASA wants you to help track gamma ray bursts

Volunteers will help researchers classify gammy ray bursts’ pulses and shapes, contributing to future research on the huge explosions.

By Erin BlakemoreJanuary 14, 2024

A message beamed into space invites aliens to visit Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Ky., beamed a travel advertisement into space to the distant star of TRAPPIST-1, inviting aliens to visit the Bluegrass State.

By Daniel WuJanuary 12, 2024

Why banning the practice of chopping off shark fins is not saving sharks

A new study in the journal Science found the number of sharks killed by fishing is still going up despite government efforts to save the ocean predators

By Dino GrandoniJanuary 11, 2024

In a rare discovery, scientists reveal the oldest piece of fossilized skin

The remarkably rare find will help scientists understand how the ancestors of many of today’s terrestrial animals adapted to life on land.

By Sabrina MalhiJanuary 11, 2024

Ancient DNA helps trace multiple sclerosis origins in European descendants

The finding answers a long-standing conundrum about multiple sclerosis and recasts the modern-day illness, suggesting it is rooted in an evolutionary trade-off.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonJanuary 10, 2024

New battery material that uses less lithium found in AI-powered search

While the dime-size prototype is not ready for prime time, the feat demonstrates the potential of new technologies to revolutionize materials science.

By Mark JohnsonJanuary 9, 2024

Mouse caught on camera cleaning a man’s shed, night after night

“To do it every night is unbelievable,” Rodney Holbook said of “Welsh Tidy Mouse,” who may be as obsessed with cleaning as Disney’s Remy is with cooking in Ratatouille.

By Jennifer HassanJanuary 8, 2024

Sound waves get Alzheimer’s drug past brain barrier, small study shows

The work involved just three patients, but it raises hope about the long-term potential of the treatment strategy known as focused ultrasound.

By Mark JohnsonJanuary 8, 2024

An antique dress hid coded messages that have finally been unlocked

A 19th-century book helped crack the code in cryptic notes found in a dress bought at a Maine antique mall.

By Erin BlakemoreJanuary 7, 2024

How a Md. boy’s bout of Lyme led to a community tick research project

After her son got Lyme, a scientist and her students collected ticks in western Maryland: 40 percent tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease.

By Alisa TangJanuary 7, 2024

Christmas is over, and these elephants are feasting on leftover trees

Elephants at Berlin’s Tierpark Zoo enjoy munching on unsold Christmas trees, in what has become an annual event.

By Adela SulimanJanuary 5, 2024

The world’s deadliest cat is deceptively cute. Meet Gaia.

The 8-month-old black-footed cat, a Utah zoo’s new resident, is part of an effort to conserve the species, the deadliest and among the smallest of the world’s cats.

By Justine McDanielJanuary 4, 2024

At this Roman restaurant, patrons lick the plates clean and bark for more

Fiuto may be the first restaurant in the world that caters primarily to dogs.

By Stefano PitrelliDecember 31, 2023