Amid opioid crisis, drugmakers fighting state limits

Amid opioid crisis, drugmakers fighting state limits

As aggressive prescribing fuels an opioid epidemic in America, the drug lobby is spending millions to keep it legal.

Scientists observe black holes swallowing stars — and burping energy back up

September 22
Scientists observe black holes swallowing stars — and burping energy back up
For the first time, astronomers have clearly observed at infrared wavelengths what happens after a black hole eats a star.

'Well-preserved' mammoth skull unearthed in California

September 22
'Well-preserved' mammoth skull unearthed in California
Burrowed in the stream bank, the fossil with tusks is a rare find,
World
September 25

China wows the world with largest single-dish radio telescope

Scientific wonder will probe deep into universe.
Science
September 24

Science briefs: Drone has two arms and can lift 22 pounds

A Japanese firm has built a drone with two arms and hawklike talons that is capable of lifting objects that weigh as much as 22…
Science
September 24

Health briefs: FDA approves controversial muscular dystrophy drug

Federal regulators granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the…
Science
September 22

New gel could take the hassle out of ear infection treatment

The one-time squirt of special ear drops has been tried only in animals so far — chinchillas, to be exact.
Science
September 22

'Trust your gut' might actually be profitable advice on Wall Street, study says

A former trader turned researcher set out to try to identify whether "gut feelings" were merely the stuff of myth, or something real and measurable.
Science
September 22

The 'blue' for bluejeans was made 6,200 years ago in Peru, scientists say

Indigo dye may be older — and more American — than previously assumed.
Science
September 22

Restaurants, state agencies addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock

  The threat linked to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production is gaining more attention, with a new report showing an increase in U.S.…
Minneapolis
September 21
The city of Wabasha, Minn., lies beyond a massive algae bloom among the backwaters of the Mississippi River in late August.

Tiny bits of plastics, fiber are building up in the Mississippi River

Levels of ag pollutants have fallen, but "microplastics,'' an environmental threat worldwide, are rising.
World
September 21
In an undated handout photo, a composite image of the completed virtua...

Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.
World
September 19
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, students ride on a...

Study estimates 100,000 deaths from Indonesia haze

Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia's government to tackle the annual crisis.
Science
September 17

Science briefs: World's second-largest meteor, weighing 30 tons, found in Argentina

A 30-ton meteor — believed to be the world’s second largest — was discovered in northern Argentina, the news agency Telam said. A team of…
Science
September 17

Health briefs: Babies born by C-section more likely to be obese

Your very first moments of life can influence your risk of obesity for years, a new study shows. Babies delivered via cesarean section were 15…
Science
September 16
Glendon Parker, a biochemist with Lawrence Livermore National Laborato...

Move over, DNA: Scientists can identify people based on the proteins in their hair

A strand of hair at a crime scene or clinging to human remains unearthed by archaeologists could hold new promise as a means to identify…
National
September 16

FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future.
Nation
September 16

Harvest moon shines tonight, but is it a supermoon?

Even the experts can't agree on which full moons qualify.
Science
September 16

Stem-cell clinics facing new scrutiny from federal regulators

As the agency looks to clarify its guidelines, it may crack down on controversial treatments.
Science
September 16

Study puts staggering price tag on discarded medical supplies: $1,000 per surgery

It’s long been a problem for the nation’s hospitals: A staggering number of medical supplies — from surgical gloves to sponges to medications — go…
Science
September 16

A call to action for parents on school food and health

Only 12 percent of parents said they had taken any steps to improve nutrition in their local schools, according to results of a poll commissioned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention.
Science
September 16

Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds

Mosquito-borne diseases thrive in higher temps.
Science
September 16

Trees can tell when a deer is biting, and they're fighting back

The plants can tell what's nibbling their branches, so they alert nearby trees and make themselves unappetizing.