Want to listen to space noise? NASA wants to hear from you.

When the solar wind and plasma from coronal ejections strike Earth’s magnetic field lines, our invisible shield vibrates like the strings of a harp.

By Erin BlakemoreApril 23, 2023

Microscopic worms also get the munchies from weed, study finds

University of Oregon researchers found that C. elegan worms swarm to high-calorie foods when exposed to a cannabinoid molecule.

By Kyle MelnickApril 21, 2023

Virginia expects largest oyster harvest in three decades

After years of careful management of harvests to allow for spawning, Virginia officials expect the largest commercial harvest of oysters in 30 years.

By Dana HedgpethApril 21, 2023

Scientists crack the mystery of elephant seals’ extreme sleep habits

Scientists fastened neoprene caps wired with sensors to seals' heads and discovered that they catch 20-minute catnaps underwater when foraging for food.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonApril 20, 2023

Dead birds are flying again — this time, as drones

Mostafa Hassanalian, an engineering professor at a New Mexico college, is using drone technology to enable taxidermied birds to fly.

By Kyle MelnickApril 20, 2023

Swift predator apparently tries to raise family in downtown D.C.

A peregrine falcon has been spotted on a ledge blocks from the White House.

By Martin WeilApril 19, 2023

A contest encouraged children to hunt feral cats — until the backlash

The idea of enlisting children armed with air rifles in an effort to kill feral cats in New Zealand set off alarm bells among animal rights groups.

By Rachel PannettApril 19, 2023

An eagle tried to hatch a rock. Now, he’s a ‘stepdad’ to an orphaned bird.

Murphy, a 31-year-old bald eagle at a Missouri sanctuary, started incubating a rock last month. In early April, he bonded with a living, breathing chick.

By Praveena SomasundaramApril 19, 2023

Virginia tries to save salamander with lineage dating back to ice age

Their habitats destroyed, the endangered Eastern tiger salamander is found only on private land east of Interstate 95. Experts are working to bring them back.

By Dana HedgpethApril 18, 2023

SpaceX scrubs Starship test launch after valve freezes

The scrub was announced minutes before the launch of what would be the world's most powerful rocket.

By Christian DavenportApril 17, 2023

Mycology’s ‘dark fungi’ debate turns on recognition of mystery species

The mycologists argues that their field’s nomenclature guidelines make it seem as though thousands of recently discovered types of fungi simply don’t exist.

By Erin BlakemoreApril 15, 2023

Theodor Diener, scientist who discovered the tiny viroid, dies at 102

The Swiss-born researcher received the National Medal of Science for identifying the viroid, the tiniest known agent of infectious disease.

By Emily LangerApril 13, 2023

See the sharpest image yet of a supermassive black hole

The image can help theorists better understand the physics of black holes, while the technology used to create it can be applied to other types of research.

By Joel AchenbachApril 13, 2023

The virus hunters

A journey into the wild world of high-risk virus hunting, a coming reckoning, and The Post’s year-long investigation into the U.S. role in pushing such research to the edge.

By Reena Flores, David Fallis, Elana Gordon and Sean CarterApril 10, 2023

Moon-bathing turtles — research documents nighttime basking

Researchers used surveys and camera traps to track whether freshwater turtles in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Seychelles and Australia engaged in the behavior.

By Erin BlakemoreApril 10, 2023

Earth’s core seems to be surrounded by enigmatic layer, geologists say

The jagged region sits at the boundary between liquid core and solid mantle, and it might be the remnants of ancient seafloor

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonApril 10, 2023

Research with exotic viruses risks a deadly outbreak, scientists warn

The covid-19 epidemic has challenged conventional thinking about biosafety, leading a growing number of scientists to reconsider the danger of prospecting for unknown viruses and other research with pathogens.

By David Willman and Joby WarrickApril 10, 2023

The best kimchi is made in earthenware pots. Science reveals why.

For thousands of years, kimchi was fermented in earthenware vessels called “onggi.” Now, a pair of mechanical engineers have unraveled why.

By Carolyn Y. JohnsonApril 7, 2023

Scientists discover bizarre type of sex in this ‘crazy’ ant

A species called the yellow crazy ant lives up to its name, with a mode of reproduction “unknown to science” until now, according to a new study in the journal Science.

By Dino GrandoniApril 6, 2023

How wild parrots beat sea lions in a race to be San Francisco’s mascot

A newspaper asked readers who should be the city's official animal. Thousands voted in a spirited contest that featured drama until the last votes were counted.

By Justine McDanielApril 5, 2023