NASA releases spectacular image to celebrate James Webb Space Telescope

NASA is marking the anniversary of the JWST’s scientific debut with the release of a spectacular new image.

By Joel AchenbachJuly 12, 2023

How do you calm a rattlesnake? Give it a friend, scientists say.

Researchers at California’s Loma Linda University found that rattlesnakes are less stressed when they’re near another snake.

By Kyle MelnickJuly 11, 2023

A mind-bending discovery about our universe

Compared to the chaos of Earth, outer space can seem serene. But, thanks to a recent discovery, we now know that the very fabric of the cosmos is being pushed and pulled by gravitational waves — waves powerful enough to distort space-time.

By Reena Flores, Gabe O'Connor and Sean CarterJuly 7, 2023

Sea lions are biting people. They’re sick from toxic algae, officials say.

Hundreds of aggravated sea lions have emerged on Southern California beaches after consuming toxic algae, researchers say.

By Kyle MelnickJuly 7, 2023

Gene editing helped crack a 100-year-old mystery about cancer

Research using CRISPR gene editing revealed that scientists from more than a century ago were right: Extra chromosomes inside cancer cells help drive tumors.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonJuly 6, 2023

The FDA just approved another gene therapy. Here’s what to know about them.

Gene therapy could treat a wide variety of medical problems. It's expensive, though, and not every use is approved. Here's what to know.

By Shera Avi-YonahJuly 5, 2023

Susan Love, surgeon who crusaded against breast cancer, dies at 75

She co-founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition and sought to eradicate the disease, which remains the second deadliest cancer for women in the U.S.

By Harrison SmithJuly 3, 2023

Bears chased their dogs. These 60-somethings jumped in and got injured.

A 64-year-old woman from Porter, Maine, punched a black bear in the nose after it emerged from the forest chasing her dog. The bear fought back.

By Annabelle TimsitJuly 3, 2023

Vanilla the chimp was born in a lab. At 28, she saw the open sky.

A video of Vanilla the chimpanzee taking in the blue sky at a Florida sanctuary went viral. It captured the end of a long journey that began in a lab cage.

By Daniel WuJuly 3, 2023

Three peregrine falcon chicks take flight at Harpers Ferry

It marks the first time in years that an entire brood of peregrine falcon chicks has survived and fledged from cliffs that were once a historic breeding site.

By Dana HedgpethJuly 2, 2023

In the U.S., the world’s deadliest animal is on the move

Mosquitoes' ranges are spreading in the United States and across the globe as the planet warms, sparking concern that they will exact an even deadlier toll.

By Shannon OsakaJuly 1, 2023

Study maps potential African swine fever outbreak in southeastern U.S.

USDA officials warn that the arrival of African swine fever could force a halt in pork product exports, catastrophic price drops and the need to cull herds.

By Erin BlakemoreJuly 1, 2023

In a major discovery, scientists say space-time churns like a choppy sea

The claim of a gravitational wave background suggests the universe is constantly roiled by violent events that happened over the past 13 billion years.

By Joel Achenbach and Victoria JaggardJune 28, 2023

Woman dies after stepping on fire ants at her Georgia home

Cathy Weed, 43, was at her home in Lawrenceville, Ga., when she died because of a severe allergic reaction she had to fire ants, her family said.

By Timothy BellaJune 28, 2023

John Goodenough, part of Nobel trio in lithium battery hunt, dies at 100

Dr. Goodenough helped make the battery that powered the mobile tech revolution and the rise of electric vehicles.

By Brian MurphyJune 27, 2023

Humans have used enough groundwater to shift Earth’s tilt

Pumping groundwater for drinking and irrigation has had a noticeable effect on the entire planet, data shows.

By Aara'L YarberJune 27, 2023

Firouz Naderi, NASA official who put rovers on Mars, dies at 77

The missions he led vastly expanded human understanding of the Red Planet and made him a hero to fellow Iranian Americans.

By Emily LangerJune 26, 2023

Signs of butchery, possible cannibalism found on ancient human relative’s bone

Cannibalism is not unusual in the animal kingdom, but the closer the practice gets to Homo sapiens, the more complex and uncomfortable the questions it raises.

By Mark JohnsonJune 26, 2023

Australian bush fires to blame for years-long La Niña affecting U.S.

Within about a month, the fire’s emissions had encircled the globe, the researchers write.

By Erin BlakemoreJune 24, 2023

LED lights are meant to save energy. They’re creating glaring problems

Cities are swapping traditional light bulbs for more energy-efficient brighter LEDs. The rise of these blue LEDs are creating problems for our night sky and our health.

By Kasha Patel, Kati Perry, Daniel Wolfe and Emily SabensJune 23, 2023