BOSTON (AP) — The nation's longest-running multigenerational study of cardiovascular disease has received a $38 million grant that will help researchers explore the biology of aging.
Harvard dorm ends decades-old goat roast tradition
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Katie Kilmer gently removed a frame from beehive No. 3, pulling it out to reveal a swarm of bees and a solid collection of both eggs and pollen in its cells.
Dog helps St. Louis researcher track animals in the wild
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Train, a 12-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever from St. Louis, has been at the center of a wildlife conservation research team for about a decade, but he's more focused on...
Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes
NEW YORK (AP) — Just about every week, it seems, scientists publish the unique DNA code of some creature or plant. Just in February, they published the genome for the strawberry, the paper...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a received a nearly $29 million gift the university says will be used to enhance research and improve the lives of people with...
Mexico: at most only 22 vaquita porpoises remain
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts said Wednesday that at most only 22 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, where a grim, increasingly violent battle is playing out between emboldened fishermen and...
Great Smoky Mountains is backdrop for biology class
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Some Middle Tennessee State University students are spending their spring break earning credits in the Smokies.
According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,...
NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen who raised tens of thousands of dollars for college after his parents ostracized him for being gay now wants to pay it forward.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species...
Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.
Scientists don't know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising new questions for doctors as the space agency aims to send people to Mars.
Salem State University holding 40th annual Darwin Festival
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Salem State University is holding a week's worth of free events to celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin.
The school's 40th annual Darwin Festival features guest talks and films designed to bring current topics in science to the student body and the general public.
The festival celebrates the scientist whose theory of evolution continues to spark strong emotions.
LSU vet school given $11.5M grant for lung disease research
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's veterinary school is getting an $11.5 million federal health grant to start a center aimed at finding ways to treat and prevent lung disease in people.
The National Institutes of Health will provide the money to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine over five years. NIH could renew the grant for two additional five-year terms, for a total of more than $32 million.
New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — A biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him.
West Liberty University says in a news release that the blue, burrowing crayfish species is named after professor Zachary Loughman. The statement says the new species is found only in West Virginia.
Middle-school teacher guilty plea to sex with ex-student, 17
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama middle-school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old former student.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that 37-year-old Candace McCray pleaded guilty late Thursday to engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.
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Duke professor is using ‘Star Trek’ to teach about science
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Have you wondered how Captain America survived being in a state of suspended animation, if apes could grow as large as King Kong and why so many of the aliens in "Star Trek" look humanoid?
Florida teacher caught with student in Airbnb rental
WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) — A biology teacher is facing a criminal charge after deputies say he was caught with a 14-year-old student in an Airbnb rental in South Florida.
Authorities say Diego Guzman Carranza is facing a charge of engaging in lewd and lascivious act with a minor. He was arrested Thursday and remained in jail on Friday on $50,000 bond.
Zoo animals still need to be fed despite government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hungry pandas don't particularly care whether there's a partial government shutdown.
The Washington National Zoological Park's most famous residents still need to be fed, as do thousands of other animals, even as the facility closed its gates Wednesday.
The zoo is part of the Smithsonian network of museums, and all stayed open through New Year's Day using pre-existing funds. That money has now been exhausted.
Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is set for trial
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho biology teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students will go on trial beginning Thursday.
Former state lawmaker and NAU professor John Wettaw dies
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Former Northern Arizona University professor and longtime state lawmaker John Wettaw died on Sunday.
He was 79.
Wettaw taught chemistry at NAU for 47 years before retiring in 2014. In 1999, the university named its biology and biochemistry building after Wettaw after he successfully lobbied then-Gov. Jane Hull for funds to furnish the building.
Univ of Illinois fires professor over phony research
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has fired a professor who was accused of falsifying research.
Fei Wang worked in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He has been at the university since 2005 and was granted tenure in 2012.
The investigation and its aftermath lasted nearly five years. Wang was accused of applying for research grants with information from experiments that hadn't been performed. He included images of mouse cells, not human cells.
University of Oklahoma professor leads dry stream research
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cutting under a bridge along East Indian Hills Road near Norman, Elm Creek transforms from pool to riffle and teems with midges, detritivores and oligochaetes.
Big words for bugs and worms.
Listen long enough to Daniel C. Allen, a 38-year-old biology professor at the University of Oklahoma, and you will learn which bugs are predator or prey, the value of filter-feeder insects and why the tiger beetle, with its metallic blue armor, stops by the water on occasion.
‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday.
Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. He was 57.
He had announced he had the disease in March 2017. His death comes just weeks after the passing of another cartoon hero in Marvel creator Stan Lee.
EXCHANGE: Researchers examining how dogs got to Americas
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas.
That's part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, based on dog remains, including two dogs buried back to back in an Illinois site just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
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Suspect in 2011 slaying of Goshen professor appears in court
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A man charged in a 2011 home invasion that left a Goshen College biology professor dead and his wife badly injured has made his first court appearance.
An Elkhart County judge entered a not guilty plea Thursday for 23-year-old Winston Corbett, who's being held without bond on murder and attempted murder charges.
Alaska lab proposes team to process sexual assault kits
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's crime lab is proposing the creation of a dedicated team to process new sexual assault kits in a timely manner.
Pittsburg State University students monitor endangered bats
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — For some biology students at Pittsburg State University, bats are not just a creature that emerges around Halloween time.
In fact, students under the instruction of assistant biology professor Andrew George have been monitoring bat activity a few times every week since last spring, the Joplin Globe reported.
Professor who ran fake trade school gets 6 months in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York college professor convicted of creating a fake trade school on the campus of his employer by teaching unauthorized courses and issuing phony certificates has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Prosecutors say Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed, of Kearny, New Jersey, was sentenced Thursday after being pleading guilty to wire fraud. The 69-year-old ex-biology instructor must also serve six months of home confinement and pay $20,000 in restitution.
Semi driver charged in fatal Lake Elmo crash pleads innocent
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A semi driver who crashed into a car at a Lake Elmo intersection, killing a biology instructor, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.
Samuel Hicks, of Independence, Wisconsin, appeared in Washington County court Wednesday where he entered the plea to vehicular homicide in the death of 54-year-old Robert Bursik, of Amery, Wisconsin.
Man, 23, to face charges in 2011 slaying of Goshen professor
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says she will file murder and attempted murder charges against a 23-year-old man for a 2011 home invasion that left a Goshen College biology professor dead and his wife badly injured.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker announced she will file the charges by Friday against Winston Earl Corbett, who was 16 at the time of the attack on 58-year-old James Miller and his wife, Linda. Corbett was being held without bond Tuesday in the Elkhart County Jail.
New center at university to fight algal blooms
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio.
Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it's been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Science Foundation to establish the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.
White Mountains Community College academic center expands
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The White Mountains Community College is celebrating an expansion.
Its North Conway Academic Center has a new science lab. It will offer courses such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and human biology. A massage therapy program is heading to the center for the spring semester.
Science Says: Sex and gender aren’t the same
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the "male" or "female" box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren't always the same thing.
The Trump administration purportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at birth, which if adopted could deny certain civil rights protections to an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans.
University of Michigan researchers get algae biofuel grant
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million Energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.
The Ann Arbor school says they will work with Penn State University researchers to evaluate how best to grow algae, transform it into a diesel fuel and maximize its performance during the combustion process.
Chemistry Nobel for using evolution to create new proteins
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for using a sped-up version of evolution to create new proteins that have led to a best-selling drug and other products.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science said their work has led to the development of medications, biofuels and a reduced environmental impact from some industrial processes.
Wildlife refuge workers evacuated from Pacific storm’s path
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated four workers from a remote wildlife refuge in the path of a powerful hurricane in the Pacific.
A Coast Guard plane from Hawaii picked up the Fish and Wildlife Service workers on Monday from Johnston Atoll, which is about 825 miles (1,300 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu.
North Dakota State University proposes $60M research center
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University is proposing a $60 million research facility on its Fargo campus to house the school's food-related science departments.
Louisiana university collects Florence disaster supplies
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Students at a university in Louisiana are helping residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup after Hurricane Florence.
Kansas State researchers to study declining grassland birds
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas State University researchers have been awarded more than $540,000 to study why several grassland bird species are in steep decline.
The university says in a news release that assistant biology professor Alice Boyle and assistant statistics professor Trevor Hefley will spend three years identify the key reasons behind the population changes. Funding for their work comes from the National Science Foundation.
Researchers study copperheads at Red River Gorge
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Researchers are studying copperheads at the Red River Gorge to reduce interactions between people and snakes.
An Eastern Kentucky University statement says the Richmond school is working on the study with the U.S. Forest Service, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Louisville Zoo.
Endowed scholarship at Wesleyan for Land Institute founder
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A group of Kansas Wesleyan University alumni have established an endowed scholarship to honor the founder of The Land Institute.
The scholarship for pioneering conservation researcher Wes Jackson will give recipients insight into research at the institute, which Jackson co-founded in 1976. Recipients also will assist in the fields, seed processing facilities and laboratories.
A Kansas Wesleyan biology student in good academic standing will receive the scholarship each year.
New pathway to UNH for community college science students
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Students attending New Hampshire's seven community colleges have a pathway to transfer into the 10 life sciences programs at the University of New Hampshire.
School officials said Friday the new agreement addresses longstanding challenges transfer students face: whether the courses they take at their community college will be accepted for credit and will be as equivalent in scope and difficulty to those at the four-year institution.
UVU research shows penguins don’t always mate for life
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Prevailing wisdom has maintained that penguins are monogamous creatures — two parents bonded for life. Take Roto and Copper, and Coco and Gossamer, for example, two gentoo penguin couples at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Roto and Copper have raised three chicks of their own, supposedly never straying, and biology professionals have had no reason to believe otherwise — until recently.
Bryce Love hears the call of another season at Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bryce Love's unusual decision to return to Stanford after a season in which he was the Heisman Trophy runner-up might well be validated in December.
In fact, Love has already envisioned the ceremony. He can see himself walking on stage to receive the most coveted prize in college football.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine neurobiology researcher plans to engage students in biomedicine while centering a five-year study on the creation of new nerve cells in adult brains.
The National Science Foundation has awarded UMaine assistant neurobiology professor Kristy Townsend a $1 million grant for the project. She's using the project to study the adult brain and expand a capstone course for students to conduct original biomedical research.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death.
Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter. Birds, for example, can learn to flee when neighbors cluck "hawk!" — or, more precisely, emit a distress call.