2 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer biology
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two scientists will share a $500,000 medical prize for work that has spurred advances in cancer research, immunology and regenerative medicine.
Mississippi could drop high school history exam
One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students take in high school may be going away.
A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of...
Study: Asian carp could find plenty of food in Lake Michigan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the...
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — The murder trial of a man charged in a 2011 home invasion that left a Goshen College biology professor dead has been moved to next year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fish collected by a North Dakota State University graduate student from a Minnesota lake has been verified as the oldest freshwater fish ever taken.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — HCA Healthcare is donating $1 million to Fisk University in a partnership aimed at creating scholarships and internships.
UNH gets $108 million grant to study coastal hazards
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has been awarded $108 million grant from NASA to use a space-based instrument to identify hazards like oil spills and algal blooms in the Gulf...
MANGILAO, Guam (AP) — A third of Guam's coral reefs have died because of rising ocean temperatures, researchers said.
University of Guam researchers said increased temperatures killed 34% of...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's rainy spring has provided an ideal environment for ticks.
"One thing ticks don't like is being dry. It's good news for them," said Bob Brennan, Ph.D., biology...
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Researchers from Utah State University are inviting residents to contribute to a project studying insects.
The Herald Journal reports researchers from the university's...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Researchers say the breeding population of bald eagles along the James River has hit a new milestone.
The Center for Conservation Biology announced Wednesday that this...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A pair of University of Southern Mississippi graduate students recently made headlines with the capture of a 62.8-pound alligator snapping turtle in Lamar County, but that...
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation says two prominent biologists working separately on how plants can help fight climate change have won Spain's Princess of Asturias award for scientific...
CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of a rural northwest Alabama town who posted online about "killing out" gay and transgender people has posted an apology, after initially denying he was...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from forest fires in the U.S. West is being greatly overestimated, possibly leading to poor land management...
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Officials at Missouri State University have approved a plan for a $2.2 million Ozarks Education Center that will be constructed on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's new teacher of the year planned to become a doctor but ended up becoming a biology teacher after a part-time, hands-on science job while in college with...
- The Brownsville HeraldUTRGV adding grad programs in move toward researchJune 10, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalTeaching triggers search for origins of life on EarthMay 6, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalUW-Madison researcher receives grant from French government to study planktonMarch 24, 2019
- Daily ChronicleBiology professor gets $340K grant for exoplanet life researchJanuary 30, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Graduating from college at 16 doesn't seem like a huge deal to Drew Falkowitz. After all, he was reading before he turned 2 and he took his first high school class at age...
Harvard, MIT receive $9 million for research on cannabis
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will share what's being called the largest private donation supporting research into marijuana and its...
Pittsburg State students develop sustainable food system
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Pittsburg State University students are experimenting to develop a sustainable food production system that can grow plants without soil while also raising fish.
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...
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- Business WireRecursion Appoints Heather Kirkby as Chief People OfficerJuly 31, 2019
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- Business WireExicure Co-Founder Chad Mirkin Wins Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and NanomedicineJuly 11, 2019
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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.
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.
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.