2 4 Science Whale watchers from outer space March 11, 2014, 4 a.m. Scientists seeking a quicker and cheaper way to keep count of whales are looking to satellites. Science Music misses the mark for some people March 11, 2014, 4 a.m. While music hits many in the heart, some aren't moved at all, a new study says. They get no pleasure from it. 3 4 Science Zircon crystal sheds new light on Earth's formation March 7, 2014, 5 a.m. The crystal was estimated to be about 4.4 billion years old. It is much smaller than a grain of rice. Science Scientists turn to Chinese woodblocks for cell printing March 6, 2014, 1:59 a.m. An ancient technique comes in handy for today's high-tech labs. Science DNA detectives get teeth to talk March 5, 2014, 5:39 a.m. By trapping bacteria, plaque that forms on teeth can give us information on what our ancestors ate and what diseases they fought. The clues come from DNA testing. Science Crippled telescope hits the planetary jackpot March 4, 2014, 5 a.m. NASA's Kepler has uncovered more than 700 new planets despite losing its pointing ability last year. Planetary scientists are "super excited" about the new finds. 1 3 Science Oldest human skeleton in the Americas to be reburied Feb. 28, 2014, 5 a.m. The bone fragments, about 12,600 years old, are the sole human remains associated with the Clovis culture. 1 3 Science Thousands of sea stars succumb to disease on the West Coast Feb. 26, 2014, 5 a.m. A horrifying mystery disease is killing tens of thousands of starfish on the West Coast, and scientists don't yet know what is causing it. 1 3 Science Mammoth's tusk unearthed in Seattle Feb. 24, 2014, 5 a.m. Using a shovel, a spade and sometimes their bare hands, four staffers of the Burke Museum dug up a mammoth's tusk that was found at a construction site. Science Exploring the tropical hot spots of biodiversity Feb. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. Why is there so much biological diversity in the Earth's warm, wet regions? Scientists come up with some theories, and maybe some answers. Science Did the same bacteria strain cause the Justinian Plague and Black Death? Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m. Both plagues killed millions. Scientists studied their genetic fingerprints to come up with the answer. 1 3 Science Stink bugs threaten U.S. orchards and crops Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m. The pests damage fruit by piercing the skin to suck out sugar. They caused a massive amount of damage a couple of years ago. The stink bugs came to North America in the late 1990s. 3 4 Science Activists and SeaWorld debate the life spans of killer whales Feb. 10, 2014, 5 a.m. Activists say killer whales live longer in the wild. SeaWorld disputes that, saying its orcas live just as long in captivity. The numbers each side uses have come under criticism. Science Marine biologists baffled by beached whales in Florida Feb. 7, 2014, 5 a.m. In the past two months, 93 whales came ashore. And there were two mass strandings, accounting for 91 whales. Scientists are trying to find out why. 1 4 Science Shark attacks rise sharply in Hawaii Jan. 30, 2014, 5 a.m. Shark attacks increased in both 2013 and 2012. And two tourists were killed by sharks last year. The fierce tiger shark is believed to be the culprit in many of the attacks. 1 4 Science Mysterious Ceres may hold clues about our solar system Jan. 29, 2014, 5 a.m. There are many questions about Ceres, starting with whether it's a dwarf planet or a big asteroid. It may give us information about the development of the solar system. 1 3 Science They've given it a number, and taken away its black market value Jan. 28, 2014, 5 a.m. The Turtle Conservancy is branding rare tortoises and turtles. The identification marks are a tool against poaching and, equally important, meant to discourage wealthy collectors. Science Using ocean waves to predict the power of earthquakes Jan. 28, 2014, 5 a.m. The "virtual earthquake" technique is being used to predict ground motion during a quake, and how a city's buildings will stand up to it. Science New virus linked to collapse of bee colonies crucial for agriculture Jan. 27, 2014, 5 a.m. It is called tobacco ringspot virus. It has jumped from plants to the bees, then to the mites on bees. And the mites are spreading it from bee to bee. 6 8 Science PRO/CON: Is now the time for climate change laws in the U.S.? Jan. 23, 2014, 5 a.m. It would be an uphill battle in an election year. Is it worth it? Two writers give their own opinions on the matter. Science Marine scientist verses the skeptics: haiku about climate change Jan. 21, 2014, 5 a.m. An oceanographer took the 19 main points of a U.N. report on climate change and turned them into the traditional Japanese poem of 17 syllables. He illustrated them with watercolors of course. 1 4 Science Pacific sardine suffers sharpest slide in years Jan. 17, 2014, 5 a.m. The effects are being felt throughout the ecosystem. And if sardines don't recover soon, the U.S. West Coast's marine animals, seabirds and fishermen could suffer for years, experts warn. Science Sharks get a "smartphone" to keep in touch Jan. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. Marine scientists use solar-powered tags to track a shark's movements. The tags have many sensors and communication capability, like a smartphone. 1 3 Science Penguins move in sync to keep warm, study shows Jan. 15, 2014, 5 a.m. A 2-centimeter shift by one penguin sets off a wave of movement as the huddle tries to keep warm in the frigid Antarctic winter. Science From gadget to garbage: tackling the problem of discarded technology Jan. 14, 2014, 5 a.m. Mountains of discarded keyboards, screens and circuit boards pose a growing environmental problem. Electronic junk now totals 50 million pounds annually. 1 3 Science Discarded plastic forms an ecosystem at sea Jan. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. It was 60 years in the making. Bacteria grow on bits of thrown-out plastic in the ocean. Single-celled animals feed on the bacteria, and bigger predators feed on them. Science China's Jade Rabbit excites lunar scientists Jan. 10, 2014, 5 a.m. Packing radar, cameras, a telescope and other instruments, the lander and rover of the Chang'e 3 moon mission could gather significant new information, scientists believe.