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Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico

New research suggests a massive plume of freshwater from Hurricane Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whales, dolphins form 'human-like' societies and cultures, scientists say

Whale and dolphin societies are rich, complex and remarkably 'human-like,' scientists argue in a new paper published this week.

Lake waves penetrate, disturb the surrounding earth, according to seismic study

According to new seismic research, the waves rolling across the top of a lake cause the surrounding earth to rumble.

Gravitational wave scientists observe collision of neutron stars

The team of gravity wave-hunting scientists working with the LIGO and Virgo detectors announced the first observations of a collision of neutron stars.

Watch live: Gravitational wave scientists to announce 'unprecedented discovery'

The team of scientists working with the LIGO and Virgo detectors are scheduled to announced an "unprecedented discovery" at a press conference on Monday.

Genome of a 40,000-year-old man in China reveals region's complex human history

As genomic analysis technology advances, and as new genetic samples are surveyed, the human story grows ever more complicated.

Study reveals secrets of planet formation

Scientists have discovered a new explanation for how young stars and their newborn planets avoid "radial drift," which can deplete planet-forming material.

As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty

New data suggests the water around Greenland is becoming less salty as the island's ice sheet melts.

Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show

Mars is too cold to host flowing liquid water, but with the right mix of compounds, a water solution could be hiding on and below Mars' surface.

Ocean clams, worms release surprisingly large amounts of greenhouse gas

Scientists have measured the amounts of greenhouse gas released by worms and clams in the Baltic Sea and the results are surprising.

Astronomers find sun-like star that ate its own planets

Researchers have found a sun-like star that swallowed enough rocky planets to equal 15 Earths.

Genomic survey reveals source of sea cucumber's regenerative abilities

New genomic analysis is helping a team of scientists unravel the secrets of the cucumber, including its ability to regenerate tissue.

DNA proves Newfoundland was populated by distinct groups three different times

According to genetic analysis, Newfoundland, the northeastern Canadian island, was populated by three distinct groups over the last 10,000 years.

Scientists identify genes critical for hearing

A survey of 3,000 mouse genes has revealed 52 previously unidentified genes vital to hearing.

Pumas are surprisingly social, study says

Pumas, or mountain lions, are mostly thought of as solitary cats. But new research suggests the felines are more social than previously thought.

Scientists discover remains of an ancient bobcat-sized predator in Tanzania

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of extinct hyaenodont in Tanzania.

Reused SpaceX rocket carries satellite into orbit

A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.

Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.

Asteroid to pass inside moon's orbit, help scientists calibrate tracking technology

An asteroid will pass within 26,000 miles of Earth, well inside the moon's orbit, over the course of late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Watch live: Reused SpaceX rocket to carry communications satellite into orbit

SpaceX is, for the third time, depending on a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry out a launch mission. Wednesday afternoon's launch will be streamed live online.

Scientific studies less concentrated in traditional research hubs, study shows

New research shows major hubs of scientific innovation -- New York, London, Paris, Tokyo -- aren't as dominant as they once were.

New research reveals origin of Australia's extinct, flightless mihirung birds

Australia's living flightless birds -- the emu and cassowary -- once roamed alongside larger birds that resembled dinosaurs. New research reveals their origins.

Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to ocean

A team of researchers has identified 10 rivers around the world where plastic waste mismanagement is most severe.

Different types of learning happen at unique brainwave frequencies

New research suggests different types of learning correspond with different brainwave frequencies.

Studies suggests link between testosterone, stock market instability

New research supports the theory that testosterone influences the decision making of stock market traders, and could be a cause of market instability.

Scientists study whale's blow hole microbes with the help of a drone

Scientists have for the first time surveyed the unique community of microorganisms -- the microbiome -- living inside the blowhole of a humpback whale.

Study reveals importance of hydrogen atoms for star formation

New research suggests atomic hydrogen may be just as important as molecular hydrogen to star formation.

Long-ignored ichthyosaur determined to be new species

Fresh analysis of a long-ignored ichthyosaur -- relegated to museum storage closets for decades -- revealed the fossil specimens to represent a new species.

Sodium could replace lithium for more cost-efficient battery storage, scientists say

Researchers at Stanford have built a sodium-based battery that can store just as much energy as a lithium-ion battery, but at a significantly reduced cost.

Watch live: NASA streams second of three October spacewalks from ISS

NASA TV began streaming the second of three October spacewalks on Tuesday morning.

Watch live: NASA streams second of three October spacewalks from ISS

NASA TV is streaming the second of three October spacewalks on Tuesday morning. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT.

Mini human brains reveal the effects of psychedelics

Researchers in Brazil have used miniature human brains to reveal the effects of psychedelics on neural plasticity, inflammation and neurodegeneration.

Scientists find missing baryons -- half the universe's missing matter

Two separate teams of researchers have found half of the universe's hidden matter, partially solving a mystery that has long troubled astronomers.

Researchers look for ancient trade routes at the bottom of the Mediterranean

A team of researchers from Canada are retracing the paths of Bronze Age Mediterranean traders by studying ancient anchorages along the coast of Cyprus.

Study: Dads relax, play while mom works around the house

New data suggests dads are more likely to relax or have fun while mom is working around the house or handling child-rearing duties than vice versa.

Mercury map renders the innermost planet's geology in color

Scientists with the European Space Agency have rendered the dull, gray world of Mercury in bright colors as part of a new mapping effort.

Mars offers insights into the origin of life on Earth

The discovery of ancient hydrothermal deposits on Mars could offer insights into the origin of life on Earth, according to a team of NASA scientists.

Microlasers get a performance boost from a bit of gold

Scientists have boosted the efficiency of microlasers using tiny gold particles, thus expanding the technology's real-world application possibilities.

Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms

If governments are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution.

Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops

Scientists in California have unveiled the world's first algae-based, eco-friendly pair of flip flops.

NASA scientists: Moon used to have an atmosphere

The moon was surrounded by an atmosphere some 3 to 4 billion years ago, according to a new study a team of NASA scientists.

Battery technology keeping electric car adoption in the slow lane

The major barrier to the mainstream electric car is battery technology. And one question stands out: will the lithium-ion battery suffice?

Harvest moon makes first October appearance since 2009

Thursday's evening sky will feature a 'harvest' moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. This year, the equinox fell on Sept. 22.

Elusive songbird, the Liberian greenbul, may have never existed

According to a new study, the elusiveness of the Liberian greenbul, the rarest of songbirds, can be explained by its lack of existence.

Watch live: NASA streams first of three October spacewalks

NASA TV streamed the first of three October spacewalks on Thursday morning. Coverage began at 6:30 a.m. EDT.

Scientists find more modern human traits influenced by Neandertal DNA

Researchers have identified several new traits in modern humans that are influenced by Neandertal genes.

Watch live: NASA to stream first of three October spacewalks

NASA TV is preparing to live stream the first of three October spacewalks on Thursday morning. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT.

Scientists still confounded by Milky Way's most mysterious star

Tabby's Star continues to confound astronomers. New analysis shows the Milky Way's 'most mysterious star' has experienced brief periods of brightening.

Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system

NASA unveiled a new space communications antenna at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks this week. The AS-2 will retrieve data from NASA's spacecraft.

Cats kill more than one million birds per day in Australia

Cats in Australia kill more than 1 million birds every day, according to a new study.