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...
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...
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...
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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.
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.