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Stafford girl remains chipper in face of bone marrow failure

Jan. 29, 2023 09:05 AM EST

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Elliott Domaleski was watching “The Muppet Christmas Carol” when she saw Tiny Tim’s crutch, propped up in the corner by itself. Most 5-year-olds probably wouldn’t have given the image a second thought. But Elliott’s young life has...

Pretty but toxic: Watch toddlers around these houseplants

Jan. 24, 2023 16:13 PM EST

When visiting friends or family who have both houseplants and young children, I’ve been compared to “Aunt Bonnie” from the Geico commercial “Aunt Infestation.” In it, a young couple who just moved into a new home complains of having pests — not ants but overbearing...

Making pig livers humanlike in quest to ease organ shortage

Jan. 17, 2023 13:07 PM EST

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The ghostly form floating in a large jar had been the robust reddish-brown of a healthy organ just hours before. Now it’s semitranslucent, white tubes like branches on a tree showing through. This is a pig liver that's gradually being transformed to...

Sperm whale beached in Oregon killed by ship, feds find

Jan. 16, 2023 21:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 40-foot sperm whale that beached on Oregon's northwestern coast was killed after being struck by a ship, federal biologists conducting a post-mortem examination of the animal determined Monday. Biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

UM leads research into hybrid super reefs to defend coasts

Jan. 14, 2023 03:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. military has an idea to save its seaside bases from some of their most relentless foes: flooding, erosion and storm surge. The Defense Department spends billions of dollars to repair hurricane- and flood-related damage to its bases; in 2018, a particularly...

Designers look to nature, landfills for new decor materials

Jan. 10, 2023 16:05 PM EST

At first glance, Nina Edwards Anker's sconces and chandeliers look like ancient scrolls of parchment, or sheets of buttery toffee, wrapped around LED bulbs. Come closer — or just ask the New York-based designer/architect — and you'll find they're actually made of algae. ...

Forest lizards genetically morph to survive life in the city

Jan. 10, 2023 15:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lizards that once dwelled in forests but now slink around urban areas have genetically morphed to survive life in the city, researchers have found. The Puerto Rican crested anole, a brown lizard with a bright orange throat fan, has sprouted special...

NMSU, Los Alamos unite on research of migratory bird die-off

Jan. 01, 2023 16:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two years after New Mexico saw migratory birds literally falling from the sky, New Mexico State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory have announced plans to establish a research program on bird die-off. the two entities will collaborate with the U.S....

Crocodiles make comeback in Florida

Dec. 25, 2022 10:01 AM EST

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Say the word crocodile and many people think of Australia, the Amazon or even those National Geographic specials showing huge reptiles ambushing wildebeests crossing rivers. But there are American crocodiles and there have been recent sightings in Sanibel...

Glass act: Scientists reveal secrets of frog transparency

Dec. 22, 2022 14:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now you see them, now you don’t. Some frogs found in South and Central America have the rare ability to turn on and off their nearly transparent appearance, researchers report Thursday in the journal Science. During the day, these nocturnal...