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SCIENCE
02.26.15

Nations agree to protect the high seas from overfishing

Twelve percent of the world’s land is currently protected in national parks and wildlife preserves. In stark contrast, just about 1 percent of the high seas is protected.

SCIENCE
02.22.15

Pop quiz: French scientists study the physics of popcorn, savor the results

What makes a hard kernel of corn explode into a fluffy treat? What makes the popping sound? Advanced cameras and microphones helped find the answers. The results were delicious.

SCIENCE
02.18.15

Hawaiians watch Kilauea's lava advance, pause, tease

Everyday life for Hawaiians in the path of Kilauea's molten lava means watching, waiting and preparing to move. Stores have closed, then reopened. The volcano is not in a rush.

SCIENCE
02.16.15

Chimps manage to come up with new sounds for a common object

A recent study suggests a key element of communication might have been present 7 million to 13 million years ago in a common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Next big app could be to track food organisms

Food safety is a big concern as supermarkets go global. Salmonella and bacteria are not easy to catch until people become ill. Databases to track food DNA could be the game changer.

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Endangered whale may be safer in an aquarium

Many people agree that whales should not be made to perform. But some orcas have been captive for so long, setting them free could kill them. Both sides will tug at the endangered Lolita.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Alternative gardening where the soil is too salty

Rising sea levels and other climate change events have left Bangladesh's soil unusually salty and unusable. A nonprofit has introduced vertical gardening to some villages with great success.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Sick, underfed sea lions are washing up in California in record numbers

This is turning out to be another record year for sea lion strandings in California. What is causing the Unusual Mortality Event (UME)? So far experts have lots of theories, but no answers.

SCIENCE
02.05.15

California's shrinking snowpack may spur building more water storage

With more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow during winter, the state will have to change the way it manages one of the world's most complicated water systems, experts say.

SCIENCE
02.03.15

Oyster farmer versus National Park Service

The oyster farmers have packed up and the buildings have been torn down. The farmers' battle with the park service is over and now the bay will be cleaned up and returned to the marine life.

SCIENCE
02.02.15

Yosemite's shy red fox spotted at long last

A Sierra Nevada red fox has not been seen in Yosemite since 1915. They do not like to be around humans so we don't know much about them. Wildlife biologists hope to change that.

SCIENCE
01.28.15

Sea turtles are natural ocean navigators

Scientists have long wondered how sea turtles can be out in the middle of the ocean, but when it comes time to lay eggs, find their way back to the same beach where they were hatched.

SCIENCE
01.25.15

New glass eye for one-eyed rockfish

Rockfish that live in captivity are more likely to suffer eye disease than fish in the wild. Losing an eye means being shunned by other fish in the tank. Surgery can help the fish look normal again.

SCIENCE
01.25.15

Advanced X-rays let scientists read between ancient text's lines

Charred scrolls, discovered in a small library that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, are no longer so mysterious. So far, scientists have been able to make out a few words and letters.

SCIENCE
01.22.15

Climate change confirmed? Last year called the warmest on record

The records go back to 1880. Since the 1970s, there has been a steady rise in temperatures.

SCIENCE
01.21.15

Geese fly an obstacle course through the Himalayas

It's up, up and away as the bar-headed geese navigate the Himalayas, migrating to Tibet for the winter. The seasonal thrill ride has fascinated scientists who wondered why they didn't fly straight.

SCIENCE
01.19.15

Virtual reality is trying to spread its wings

Creators of the technology — usually associated with video games — want to expand the uses of virtual reality. Hollywood and the military are among those paying attention.

SCIENCE
01.14.15

Argentine court's ruling gives basic human rights to captive ape at zoo

It was the first ruling of its kind. The orangutan, named Sandra, was living in a cage at the Buenos Aires Zoo for the last 20 years. Experts must find her a new home away from the zoo.

SCIENCE
01.07.15

An ancient bronze device could be the world's first computer, some say

A scientist says it's over 2,000 years old. The device is called the Antikythera Mechanism and is made up of intricate, interlocking gears. It was designed to predict eclipses of the sun and moon.

SCIENCE
01.05.15

Beavers to the California drought rescue

The California beavers are back. The little ecosystem engineers that were nearly wiped out in the 1800s may use their dam-building skills to help the parched state redirect water in streams.

SCIENCE
12.15.14

Eating a Carolina Reaper chili won't kill you — it'll just feel like it

Guinness World Records ranks it as the hottest chili pepper on Earth. The guy who bred it knew he was on to something when a friend tasted an early Reaper, and promptly threw up.

SCIENCE
12.14.14

Cuban crocodiles are in danger of losing their identity

Native Cuban crocodiles have been mating with American crocodiles for years. They were also hunted at one time to dangerously low levels. The Cuban crocs' species could be lost.

SCIENCE
12.10.14

Dogs might be on to something at the water dish

We know dogs are messy drinkers, especially when compared with a cat. Researchers now say dogs are smart at the water dish and have a strategy to drinking as much as possible.

SCIENCE
12.09.14

Video cameras offer a glimpse of life at home with the condors

Just like an unattended child, a young condor home alone plays games and tosses things around. Scientists know this because they've been able to place hidden cameras in some nests.

SCIENCE
12.08.14

Two women join International Space Station crew

Women are not space travel newbies. Yet even in the 21st century, condescending hair and makeup questions persist. The Russian cosmonaut had a ready answer before joining the crew.

SCIENCE
12.08.14

Californians greet the rain, but worry about mudslides

After the weekend burst of rain that soaked much of the parched state, residents wonder if it was enough to begin to lift them out of drought. Meantime, many are preparing to hold back the mud.

SCIENCE
12.07.14

Apple breeder's quest for the bite that makes him say "Wow!"

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, elite fruit breeder David Bedford says he'll live forever. He has chomped on as many as 500 a day in his pursuit of the next "rock star" apple.