Latest Science News

Collecting sex-crazed zombie cicadas on speed: Scientists track a bug-controlling super-sized fungus

Jun. 19, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

LISLE, Illinois (AP) — With their bulging red eyes and their alien-like mating sound, periodical cicadas can seem scary and weird enough. But some of them really are sex-crazed zombies on speed, hijacked by a super-sized fungus. West Virginia University mycology professor Matt...

It's summer solstice time. What does that mean?

Jun. 19, 2024 09:08 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — It's time for the start of summer — with a full moon to boot. Here’s what to know about the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday. What is the summer solstice? The Earth spins on a tilt as it revolves around the sun....

For the endangered Nashville crayfish, its rebound is both good and bad news

Jun. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dale McGinnity has been turning over rocks in Mill Creek to study the endangered Nashville crayfish for a decade. He hopes to learn whether this little crustacean that makes its home mainly in the urbanized area around its namesake city is being harmed by all the...

What's a heat dome? Here's why so much of the US is broiling this week

Jun. 18, 2024 16:46 PM EDT

FENTON, Mich. (AP) — With much of the Midwest and the Northeast broiling — or about to broil — in extreme summer heat this week, meteorologists are talking about heat waves and heat domes. Both mean it's really hot — and people will hear those terms a lot more as the world...

Undersea explorers mark a tragic day. Things to know about the Titan disaster anniversary

Jun. 18, 2024 10:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A year after an experimental submersible imploded en route to the Titanic, unanswered questions linger — with no immediate answers. Tuesday marks one year since the Titan vanished on its way to the historic wreckage site. After a five-day search that...

A year after the Titan's tragic dive, deep-sea explorers vow to pursue ocean's mysteries

Jun. 17, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadly implosion of an experimental submersible en route to the deep-sea grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for further ocean exploration, despite lingering questions about the disaster. Tuesday marks one year since the Titan...

NASA's Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, is doing science again after problem

Jun. 17, 2024 11:31 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — NASA's Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, is sending science data again. Voyager 1's four instruments are back in business after a computer problem in November, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said this week. The team first received meaningful...

Bird flu is highly lethal to some animals, but not to others. Scientists want to know why

Jun. 14, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the last two years, bird flu has been blamed for the deaths of millions of wild and domestic birds worldwide. It's killed legions of seals and sea lions, wiped out mink farms, and dispatched cats, dogs, skunks, foxes and even a polar bear. But it seems to have...

Make mine medium-rare: Men really do eat more meat than women, study says

Jun. 14, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Vacationing in Chicago this week from Europe, Jelle den Burger and Nirusa Naguleswaran grabbed a bite at the Dog House Grill: a classic Italian beef sandwich for him, grilled cheese for her. Both think the way their genders lined up with their food choices was no...

How do cicadas make their signature sound, so eerie and amazingly loud?

Jun. 14, 2024 09:39 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The most noticeable part of the cicada invasion blanketing the central United States is the sound — an eerie, amazingly loud song that gets in a person's ears and won't let much else in. “It’s beautiful chaos,” said Rebecca Schmidt, a U.S. Department of...