| Jul 23, 2013
Few environmental conflicts are as fraught and intractable as whaling.
Under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, commercial whaling has been illegal since 1986. But the agreement contains a loophole that has guaranteed continuing...
| Jul 19, 2013
This year marks the 50th anniversary of routine newborn screening in the United States. Since 1963, tens of millions of babies have had blood drawn from their heels to be tested for rare diseases.
The program has unquestionably prevented tragedies....
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:40 PM
A small O.C.-based company that rushed to offer genetic testing for breast cancer risk, fresh out of a Supreme Court ruling that human genes can’t be patented, is now caught in a new legal battle over its methodology.
Ambry Genetics and Houston-...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Five juvenile burrowing owls flapped across a salt marsh at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station on a recent weekday, matching the loops and curves of dragonflies and moths before snatching their prey midair.
Soon, the owls will be feasting on larger...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:03 PM
“Speedy” might sound like an odd adjective to describe a sponge, but researchers have discovered a fast-growing community of marine sponges off the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Their findings, published Thursday in the journal...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Scientists have discovered that what they thought was a single species of daddy longlegs is actually three, according to a new study.
The most widespread daddy longlegs species (which are technically harvestmen and not spiders; they have eight legs...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Somewhere between 390 to 360 million years ago, a four-legged vertebrate, or tetrapod, crawled out of the water and gave rise to the amphibians, reptiles and mammals we see today.
Scientists have established that this creature descended from fish and...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 12:17 PM
Everybody loves to hear a whopper fish tale, and cable channel National Geographic Wild is only too happy to please with the premiere of the new season of its giant fish series, "Monster Fish."
"Monster Fish" stars fish biologist Zeb Hogan, who...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Experts expect that 400,000 or more U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will suffer from PTSD at some point. A new study suggests that they'll have more to worry about than a debilitating psychiatric condition — they could also be at...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Want to get more health benefits from green leafy vegetables? Then don't keep them in the dark, say researchers at Rice University.
In a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, researchers suggest that consumers can maximize the anti-...