November 2, 2012 Scientists say an Asian elephant at a South Korean zoo can imitate human speech, uttering five Korean words that are readily understood. "This is not the kind of sound that Asian elephants normally make, and it's a dead-on match of the speech of his trainers," a researcher says.
October 17, 2012 Researchers have found a planet orbiting a neighboring star that's similar to our sun. Alpha Centauri B is a staple of science fiction, because the star is so close to our own solar system. Now scientists say they have evidence that the star is orbited by at least one planet and where there's one, there's probably more.
October 16, 2012 The Department of Health and Human Services' request for comments comes after some have criticized officials for not having enough public discussion about the controversial H5N1 viruses, which were created in the lab to find out if they could mutate and start a pandemic in people.
October 9, 2012 Because of fears that lab-altered bird flu viruses could cause a deadly pandemic if they ever escaped the lab, scientists agreed to a moratorium on mutant H5N1 flu research eight months ago. Now top scientists in the field continue the debate about the work, publishing six commentaries for and against the end of the moratorium.
September 28, 2012 Charles Monnett's 2006 report on drowning polar bears became a rallying cry for environmentalists. Then he was accused of scientific misconduct. On Friday, he learned he had been cleared.
September 26, 2012 Scientists have discovered that a mouse found in Africa can lose large patches of skin and then grow it back without scarring, perhaps as a way of escaping the clutches of a predator. It's a finding that challenges the conventional view that mammals have an extremely limited ability to replace injured body parts.
September 21, 2012 The National Institutes of Health will retire over 100 chimps from biomedical research experiments after deciding there's no longer a need for them. Some chimps are headed to a sanctuary, while others will go to a facility in Texas that will care for them.
September 18, 2012 Piggybacking on a modified jumbo jet, the retired space shuttle will make its way from Florida to a permanent display site at the California Science Center. After this week's final flight, the 170,000-pound shuttle still has to navigate the streets of Los Angeles, which is no easy task.
August 30, 2012 A study, which started back in 1987, shows that monkeys fed a diet with 30 percent fewer calories than normal did not live unusually long lives. Researchers say the results are a good indication of how caloric restriction might affect the life spans of people.
August 24, 2012 A century ago, Nikola Tesla was a world-famous wizard of electrical engineering. But he fell into obscurity, and his lab on Long Island, N.Y, which was supposed to be his crowning achievement, has long sat derelict. Now a crowdsourcing campaign has brought out donations from Tesla fans around the world.