Record 14-foot monster alligator caught in Mississippi: ‘It was pandemonium’

It took seven hours for a group of hunters to catch and reel in the 14-foot 3-inch alligator, the longest ever caught in Mississippi.

By Timothy BellaAugust 28, 2023

Googling for oldest structure in the Americas leads to heaps of debate

The straightforward way in which Google answers this query is a case study in how new science becomes accepted as fact in the modern era of rapid communication.

By Jordan P. HickeyAugust 28, 2023

Monster hunters descend on Scotland for biggest Loch Ness search in 50 years

These monster hunters have drones and a hydrophone. They’re not just people “with binoculars and a tub of sandwiches,” an organizer says.

By Jennifer Hassan and Adela SulimanAugust 26, 2023

Identifying Maui fire victims will depend heavily on DNA

On Maui, authorities are using instruments that can construct a genetic profile in about two hours from material weighing less than half a pinch of salt.

By Mark JohnsonAugust 26, 2023

Sliman Bensmaia, who added sensations of touch to prosthetics, dies at 49

He was an instrumental figure in helping amputees and paralyzed patients feel textures, temperatures and shapes through bionic devices.

By Michael S. RosenwaldAugust 25, 2023

Thousands of penguin chicks killed by early sea ice breakup, study says

Antarctic sea ice melted before emperor penguin chicks could develop waterproof feathers last year, causing them to drown or freeze to death, scientists say.

By Victoria BissetAugust 25, 2023

Brain chip helps voiceless patient communicate at 62 words per minute

Using brain implants, machine learning and a predictive model, researchers decoded a woman’s attempts to speak at a rate that begins to approach natural conversation.

By Daniel GilbertAugust 23, 2023

What to know about India’s Chandrayaan-3 moon landing

After Russia’s Luna-25 spacecraft crashed, all eyes are on Chandrayaan-3 as India attempts to become the first nation to land on the moon’s south pole.

By Bryan PietschAugust 23, 2023

Rare spotless giraffe born in Tennessee zoo

Brights Zoo in Limestone hopes that attention to the spotless baby will spur action on saving giraffes in the wild, which have dwindled in numbers.

By Niha MasihAugust 22, 2023

NASA spacecraft reunites with Earth after 17-year trip around the sun

NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft, which launched in 2006 to study the sun, is finally passing by Earth again after a 17-year orbit around the star.

By Daniel WuAugust 20, 2023

Orangutans are curious but cautious in the wild, researchers say

Social connections seemed to influence their curiosity: When an orangutan was accompanied by another ape, it was more likely to approach and touch the object.

By Erin BlakemoreAugust 20, 2023

Lolita the orca dies after more than a half-century in captivity

Lolita, also known as Tokitae or Toki, was captured near Puget Sound and sold to the Miami Seaquarium in 1970. She died before a planned return to her home waters.

By Andrew JeongAugust 19, 2023

A Pink Floyd song made with AI and brain scans sounds a lot like the band

Researchers reconstructed Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1” by using the brain waves of people who listened to the song.

By María Luisa PaúlAugust 18, 2023

Invasive hornet with ‘reputation’ for targeting honeybees seen in U.S.

The yellow-legged hornet, which is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, was seen for the first time in Georgia earlier this month.

By Praveena SomasundaramAugust 18, 2023

What to know about EG.5, the most prevalent covid subvariant in the U.S.

Coronavirus subvariant EG.5, nicknamed 'Eris,' is a descendant of Omicron.

By Grace Moon, Niha Masih, Adela Suliman and Fenit NirappilAugust 17, 2023

Indiana Jones hates snakes, but a new species is named after Harrison Ford

Scientists discovered a new snake species in Peru. In recognition of Indiana Jones’s snake phobia, they named it after actor Harrison Ford.

By Kyle MelnickAugust 17, 2023

How 10,000 years of plagues left their mark on our DNA

We are the descendants of those who survived past pandemics, and our genomes show it. But this genetic history can be a double-edged sword.

By Veronique GreenwoodAugust 16, 2023

Great white sharks usually travel solo. A duo is baffling experts.

Two great white sharks have traveled about 4,000 miles along similar paths up the Atlantic Coast.

By Kyle MelnickAugust 15, 2023

W. Jason Morgan, scientist at forefront of plate tectonics theory, dies at 87

He received the National Medal of Science for his foundational work on plate tectonics and the presence of volcanic “hot spots” called mantle plumes.

By Mark JohnsonAugust 13, 2023

In Shenandoah, stargazers party as Perseids streak the sky

The Night Sky Festival coincides with the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Saturday with up to 100 shooting stars per hour visible under clear dark skies.

By Alisa TangAugust 13, 2023