From left, Simon Frost, his daughter Annabel, 3, wife Nina, and daughter Clara read a book before Annabel's bedtime.

Labor of love: Cures for their kids

Parents pursue gene therapies for ultrarare diseases – because no one else is.

Scientists track drug trafficking, crack cold cases by following pollen

September 13
The trackers: Scientists at the Customs and Border Protection Lab in Chicago help track drug trafficking routes and their sources. They also help with
Particles from drugs, clothing, old evidence can reveal traffickers, liars, killers.

Why we pay more attention to bad news

September 13
A study involving more than 1,000 people across 17 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica concludes that, on average, people pay more atten
There are some evolutionary reasons as to why negativity bias exists, scientists said.
Science
September 14
This undated photo shows snow samples from Tschuggen, Switzerland, locked and ready for transport to Davos.

Microplastics found even in remote Arctic

It's a sign the substance is being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet.
World
September 14
Smoke fills the sky at the Abqaiq oil processing facility on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Drones claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacke

Saudi Arabia: Drone attacks knocked out half its oil supply

Yemen's Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil.
Nation
September 13
The children had their say on Friday at a rally near the White House. Among the demonstrators was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, right p

Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows

The results point to a growing disconnect between Americans worried about the warming planet and Trump administration officials.
Business
September 13
Chief executive Tim Cook discusses the iPhone 11 Pro during Apple's annual product launch event in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019.

Does the new iPhone creep you out? Scientists grapple with why tiny holes scare some people

The backlash comes from people who say they suffer from an obscure and perplexing condition called "trypophobia."
Science
September 13

Health briefs: Plant protein may help you live longer, study says

Getting your protein from plants instead of animals could prolong your life, a study suggests. Researchers followed 70,696 Japanese men and women for an average…
Science
September 13

Science briefs: Squirrels seem to relax when they hear birds relaxing

Researchers at Oberlin College reported in the scientific journal PLoS One that squirrels pay attention not only to alarm calls, as many animals do, but…
Science
September 13
Nathan Reilly worked on managing his diabetes before college.

College students face diabetes distress as they learn to manage health on their own

Managing a chronic health condition can be especially challenging amid the constant change of campus life, a new study suggests.
Science
September 13
Deep learning could help determine which storms will produce hail and recognize the patterns of storms behind the largest hailstones.

How A.I can help predict hailstorms

Scientist is harnessing machine learning to recognize big storms.
Science
September 12
This 2016 photo made with a fisheye lens shows bottles of alcohol during a tour of a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.

Winona State math researcher formulates how to predict addiction relapse

Understanding mood and craving patterns could help break the cycle of addiction.
Science
September 12
At risk: Mikayla Porter, sickened in 2015 by tainted pork, watched glumly as her father ate sausage that is off limits to her in Leavenworth, Wash. Sh

Tracing illness to farms, only to meet a wall

Pork industry blocks health officials even as drug-resistant antibiotics and infections surge.
Nation
September 11
The full moon Friday will look smaller than most — a micromoon.

Full moon coming Friday — that's the 13th

This harvest moon will be at the far point of its orbit.
National
September 11
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office at the Whit

Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama.
Nation
September 10
Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAO), speaks at a meteorological convention, Tuesday,

Weather chief thanks Alabama employees for Dorian forecast

Struggling to keep his emotions in check, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both defended President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday and thanked forecasters who contradicted the president's claims about Hurricane Dorian threatening Alabama.
Business
September 10
An image from a fake video showed elements of the facial mapping used on former President Barack Obama.

Facebook spends $10 million on contest for detecting 'constantly evolving' videos

Detecting the frauds is becoming more difficult, amid 2020 election fears.
Nation
September 10
President Donald Trump during a briefing on Hurricane Dorian at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, Sept. 1, 2019. The Sec

Ross threatened firings at NOAA after Trump's hurricane tweets

Wilbur Ross made the threat after the agency's Birmingham office contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.
Nation
September 7
People walk through a neighbor destroyed by Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

What role does climate change play in tropical storms' severity and frequency?

Most ocean heat is trapped by greenhouse gases; tropical storms draw energy from that.
Local
September 7
The mower, now being development, is solar powered to combat climate change.

Minnesota teams look to have 'cowbot' ready for a pasture next summer

University of Minnesota team, Toro researchers are developing a robotic mower for farmers.
Nation
September 7
Mary Mbugua, a university student in Kenya, is among the writers being hired by college students to write essays for them.

College students outsource homework to writers abroad

"Contract cheating" has grown in recent years.
Business
September 6
Eight states and the District Columbia have launched an antitrust investigation of Facebook, and a similar inquiry of Google also is expected.

Political parties show rare unity in scrutiny of Big Tech

Facebook, Google targeted by inquiries in Congress, states.
Business
September 6
This Sept. 12, 2018, file photo shows an Apple iPhone XR on display at the Steve Jobs Theater after an event to announce new products, in Cupertino, C

How Apple uses its App Store to copy the best ideas

Clue, a popular app women use to track their periods, has risen to near the top of Apple’s Health and Fitness category. It could be…