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Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep
Chimpanzees choose tree branches that give them the most firm, stable, and comfortable place to sleep, a new study says.
Chief Warden Shot in Africa's Oldest National Park
Belgian Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens
A new study reveals that East African honeybees are resistant to the pathogens blamed for colony collapses elsewhere.
Fossils Suggest Modern Sharks Are More Evolved Than Previously Thought
The image of modern sharks as "living fossils," unchanged over millions of years, needs an update, researchers say.
Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?
A veteran balloonist is among those who want to use solar updraft towers to generate power, but funding has been elusive.
Can an Unmanned Mini Yellow Submarine Find Missing Flight 370?
The submersible searching for Flight 370 is covering 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) a day inside a huge search zone.
Severe Scurvy Struck Christopher Columbus's Crew
Despite being surrounded by tropical fruits in the New World, the sailors of Columbus's second trip had severe scurvy.
Why Are Black Bear Attacks Up in Florida?
After a woman was attacked in her garage by a black bear and officials kill five animals, we talked to an expert about why such incidents are on the rise.
The Nation's T. Rex Invades the Smithsonian
Museum staff ditched the bubble wrap in favor of custom-molded plaster cradles when shipping a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington, D.C.
How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster
Genetic study reveals that just four changes gave Streptococcus the ability to cause deadly disease.
Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger
Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.
The Best Way to Deal With Ocean Trash
Scientists studying ocean garbage discuss how the world might deal with it.
Dire UN Climate Reports Raise Questions About Global Willpower
Influential climate reports point to a pivotal moment in global warming diplomacy.
How to Ship a T. Rex Across the Country
Museum staff will ditch the bubble wrap in favor of custom-molded plaster cradles when shipping a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington, D.C.
The Innovators Project: Teen Wonder: Taylor Wilson
When Wilson was 11 he tried to build an atom smasher. At 14 he achieved nuclear fusion. Now 19, he is working with subatomic particles. What will come next?
UN Climate Report Charts Ways to Halt Global Warming
Time is running out to undertake technological and economic fixes to halt dangerous global warming, warns an international report.
Lunar Eclipse Myths From Around the World
Murderous pets and hungry jaguars are only some of the stories cultures use to explain lunar eclipses.
Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?
For millennia, humans have looked at the moon and found meaningful figures in its craters and mountains. Why do we do this?
Is El Niño Back? Climate Scientists Forecast Its Arrival
Scientists forecast the arrival of a climate pattern that will affect weather across the globe.
Mississippi Basin Water Quality Declining Despite Conservation
Federal scientists at the USGS and NOAA report latest stream and estuary monitoring data and highlight challenges and conservation successes.
Best Space Pictures of the Week: Flying Saucer, Mars's "Heart"
NASA reveals a flying saucer, a heart is spotted on Mars, and the Milky Way gleams in this week's best space pictures.
Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting
Cheap and sharper-eyed than satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles are the latest high-tech tool used to study looting of ancient artifacts.
Nigerians Face Fuel Shortages In the Shadow of Plenty
In Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil-producing country, citizens have faced fuel shortages for weeks amid charges of government mismanagement.
Sixty Languages at Risk of Extinction in Mexico—Can They Be Kept Alive
Sixty of Mexico's native languages are at risk of being silenced forever—but many people are working to keep them alive, experts say.
No Forgery Evidence Seen in "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" Papyrus
Holy Da Vinci Code! Chemical and epigraphic analyses suggest the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" could be real.