Bald Eagle Killer Identified
Bald Eagle Killer Identified
After a nearly 30-year hunt, researchers have shown that a neurotoxin generated by cyanobacteria on invasive plants is responsible for eagle and waterbird deaths from vacuolar myelinopathy.
Bald Eagle Killer Identified
Bald Eagle Killer Identified

After a nearly 30-year hunt, researchers have shown that a neurotoxin generated by cyanobacteria on invasive plants is responsible for eagle and waterbird deaths from vacuolar myelinopathy.

After a nearly 30-year hunt, researchers have shown that a neurotoxin generated by cyanobacteria on invasive plants is responsible for eagle and waterbird deaths from vacuolar myelinopathy.

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What’s Killing Killer Whales? Autopsies Reveal a Role for Humans
What’s Killing Killer Whales? Autopsies Reveal a Role for Humans
Ashley Yeager | Dec 16, 2020
Stephen Raverty of the Ministry of Agriculture in Canada and Joseph Gaydos of UC Davis speak with The Scientist about their recent study assessing the causes of orca deaths.
US Tops List of COVID-19 and All-Cause Death Rates Since May
US Tops List of COVID-19 and All-Cause Death Rates Since May
Max Kozlov | Oct 14, 2020
The authors of a new analysis conclude that tens of thousands of lives could have been saved with a more coordinated national response to the coronavirus.
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Max Kozlov | Sep 23, 2020
Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.
No, the CDC Has Not “Quietly Updated” COVID-19 Death Estimates
No, the CDC Has Not “Quietly Updated” COVID-19 Death Estimates
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2020
An online conspiracy theory retweeted by President Donald Trump misconstrued data regarding the number of people who have died from the coronavirus.
Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Researchers in Brazil Struggle to Get Solid COVID-19 Death Counts
Chris Baraniuk | Jun 4, 2020
After combing through data on public death notices in Minas Gerais state, scientists say the coronavirus death toll in the country is worse than reported.
It’s So Hard to Know Who’s Dying of COVID-19—and When
It’s So Hard to Know Who’s Dying of COVID-19—and When
David Adam | May 18, 2020
It can take days for each death to be recorded in official statistics. “Nowcasting” estimates the actual occurrence of deaths, and the true peak of the pandemic.
Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Ashley Yeager | Mar 24, 2020
The symptoms suggest SARS-CoV-2 might infect neurons, raising questions about whether there could be effects on the brain that play a role in patients’ deaths, but the data are preliminary.
Monarchs Covered 53 Percent Less Area in Mexico this Winter
Monarchs Covered 53 Percent Less Area in Mexico this Winter
Ashley Yeager | Mar 16, 2020
The decline in total occupied forest may not equate to an overall loss in butterfly numbers, but scientists are still concerned that their populations are suffering.
Poisoning Suspected in Recent Hooded Vulture Deaths
Poisoning Suspected in Recent Hooded Vulture Deaths
Amy Schleunes | Mar 11, 2020
Experts warn that an explosion of hooded vulture deaths in Guinea-Bissau could push the critically endangered species to the brink of extinction.
Italy Closes All Schools for Two Weeks as Coronavirus Spreads
Italy Closes All Schools for Two Weeks as Coronavirus Spreads
Amy Schleunes | Mar 4, 2020
China and Japan have also closed their schools, prompting universities worldwide to assess the threat this virus poses to their local and international communities.
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2020
In a small trial of deceased volunteers, a Seattle-based company called Recompose demonstrates that its method for “natural organic reduction” of a human body completely breaks down soft tissue.
2019 in Quotes
2019 in Quotes
Catherine Offord | Dec 23, 2019
Scientists speak up about landmark drug approvals, political and environmental activism, and the redefinition of death.
Metabolic Biomarker “Score” May Predict Death in Next 5–10 Years
Metabolic Biomarker “Score” May Predict Death in Next 5–10 Years
Emma Yasinski | Aug 20, 2019
The researchers intend for the tool to eventually help doctors make treatment decisions.
Developmental Biologist Suzanne Eaton Found Dead in Greece
Developmental Biologist Suzanne Eaton Found Dead in Greece
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 9, 2019
Eaton studied morphology and growth during development at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.
Opinion: Test Brain-Reviving Technology in Infants First
Opinion: Test Brain-Reviving Technology in Infants First
John D. Loike, Alan Kadish | Jul 9, 2019
If a system tested in decapitated pigs ever gets to human clinical trials, neuroscientific and ethical reasons point to testing babies before adults.
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Jef Akst | May 28, 2019
A comparison of thousands of former athletes in the two sports finds that NFL players were more likely than MLB players to die from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular.
US Cancer Death Rate Dropped for 25 Years Starting in 1991
US Cancer Death Rate Dropped for 25 Years Starting in 1991
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 9, 2019
Better treatment and diagnoses have helped more people survive, but economic disparities in outcomes for some preventable cancers have gotten worse.
Gas Cylinder Explosion Kills Researcher at Indian Laboratory
Gas Cylinder Explosion Kills Researcher at Indian Laboratory
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 7, 2018
Two professors have been arrested for negligence in connection with the blast.
Alan Rabson, Former Deputy Director of the NCI, Dies
Alan Rabson, Former Deputy Director of the NCI, Dies
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 6, 2018
Rabson’s career at the National Cancer Institute spanned six decades.