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Study Offers New Look At Why Our Brains Evolved to Be So Big

Study Offers New Look At Why Our Brains Evolved to Be So Big

By Malcolm Ritter | May 27
Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain - a computer - and got back a surprising answer.

Astronaut and Moonwalker Alan Bean Dies at 86

Astronaut and Moonwalker Alan Bean Dies at 86

By Jocelyn Gecker | May 26
Former Apollo 12 astronaut and painter Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon and later turned his passion for space into art, has died. He was 86.

Experts Disclose New Details About 300-Year-Old Shipwreck

Experts Disclose New Details About 300-Year-Old Shipwreck

By Mark Pratt | May 24
A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle. New details have been released.

Brain Scans Reveal Trans Brains

Brain Scans Reveal Trans Brains

By Kilian Melloy | May 23
Science agrees with lived experience: Researchers have shown that trans people - including children - have brain structures that resemble that of the gender they innately know themselves to be

Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will be Tested with DNA Samples

Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will be Tested with DNA Samples

By Nick Perry | May 23
The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.

Round-the-World Sailing Race Works to Protect Its Racetrack

Round-the-World Sailing Race Works to Protect Its Racetrack

By Jimmy Golen | May 20
Plastic bottles floating by. Food wrappers. Fishing nets. And perhaps most troublesome: Microplastics that take thousands of years to degrade - a scourge for sea life and everything on up the food chain - permeating even the most remote oceans.

Archaeologists Find Street of Balconies in Italy's Pompeii

Archaeologists Find Street of Balconies in Italy's Pompeii

May 20
Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

U.S. Birth Rates Hit a Baby Bust

U.S. Birth Rates Hit a Baby Bust

May 20
Last year saw the lowest number of U.S. births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but also women in their 30s.

Science Says: Green-Blooded Lizards Pose Evolutionary Puzzle

Science Says: Green-Blooded Lizards Pose Evolutionary Puzzle

By Seth Borenstein | May 19
For some lizards it's easy being green. It's in their blood. Six species of lizards in New Guinea bleed lime green thanks to evolution gone weird.

Rhino in San Diego Pregnant, Could Help Save Subspecies

Rhino in San Diego Pregnant, Could Help Save Subspecies

By Julie Watson | May 19
A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals.

Threatened Sea Otters Struggle to Expand Range

Threatened Sea Otters Struggle to Expand Range

May 19
Experts are struggling to restore the U.S. West Coast's southern sea otters to their historic range. The effort is part of growing global recognition of the crucial role that predators play, like the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.

Emissions of Banned Ozone-Eating Chemical Somehow Are Rising

Emissions of Banned Ozone-Eating Chemical Somehow Are Rising

By Seth Borenstein | May 18
Something strange is happening with a now-banned chemical that eats away at Earth's protective ozone layer: Scientists say there's more of it - not less - going into the atmosphere and they don't know where it is coming from.

Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, but Recommend Marijuana Anyway

Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, but Recommend Marijuana Anyway

By Carla K. Johnson | May 16
Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use.

Brexit in Space: EU, Britain Fight Over Galileo Navigation

Brexit in Space: EU, Britain Fight Over Galileo Navigation

By Raf Casert | May 15
Brexit talks have reached into space, with the European Union and Britain fighting over the rights that London will have to the multi-billion Galileo satellite navigation system and its security-sensitive information.

Archaeologists Find Remains of Roman-Era Temple in Egypt

May 13
Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a temple dating back to the second century.

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