Latest Science News

UN countries adopt treaty to better trace origins of genetic resources under global patent system

May. 24, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. member countries on Friday concluded a new treaty to help ensure that traditional knowledge about genetic resources, like medicines derived from exotic plants in the Andes mountains, is properly traced. It marks the first time the 193 member states of the...

General Sherman passes health check but world's largest trees face growing climate threats

May. 23, 2024 23:03 PM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — High in the evergreen canopy of General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, researchers searched for evidence of an emerging threat to giant sequoias: bark beetles. The climbers descended the towering 2,200-year-old tree with good news on...

Massive cradle of baby stars revealed in new space telescope images

May. 23, 2024 16:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A massive cradle of baby stars has been observed in new detail by a European space telescope, adding to its celestial collection of images. The European Space Agency released the photos from the Euclid observatory on Thursday. They were taken following...

Beach weather is here and so are sharks. Scientists say it's time to look out for great whites

May. 23, 2024 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists with a Boston aquarium are encouraging beachgoers to report sightings of white sharks this holiday weekend after signs of shark bites were observed on multiple marine mammals. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in New...

Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

May. 23, 2024 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina. There's an 85% chance that the Atlantic hurricane season that starts in June will be above...

Sun's magnetic field may form close to the surface. This finding could improve solar storm forecasts

May. 22, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — New research indicates the sun’s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought, a finding that could help predict periods of extreme solar storms like the ones that slammed Earth earlier this month. The magnetic field...

For some digital detox, look to the latest in craft kits

May. 22, 2024 10:38 AM EDT

Digital diversions may have us tethered to tech, but screen fatigue is real. Even my digitally-native, young-millennial kids prefer printed books these days. And a recent weekend together at home had us busting out some craft kits. There might have been Netflix in the background, but...

Most of passengers from battered Singapore Airlines jetliner arrive in Singapore from Bangkok

May. 22, 2024 00:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Singapore Airlines said a relief plane flew into Singapore early Wednesday morning with most of the passengers who were on a flight that was battered by severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean and had to make an emergency landing in Bangkok after one man died and dozens of people...

UN Security Council rejects Russia-backed resolution on banning weapons in space

May. 21, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Monday that Russia last week launched a satellite that could be part of weaponizing space, a possible future global trend that members of the United Nations Security Council condemned even as they failed to pass a measure against it. The...

How cockroaches spread around the globe to become the pest we know today

May. 20, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — They're six-legged, hairy home invaders that just won't die, no matter how hard you try. Cockroaches are experts at surviving indoors, hiding in kitchen pipes or musty drawers. But they didn't start out that way. A new study uses genetics to chart...