Rashmi Shivni is science and social media news assistant for PBS NewsHour.
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Science Jan 10In war-torn areas of Africa, wildlife is a major casualty
For half a century, more than 80 percent of wars occurred within biodiversity hotspots. Scientists knew war forced animal populations to decline, but they didn't know the extent--until now.
Science Dec 19Why having more friends reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes
People with larger social groups receive fewer type 2 diabetes diagnoses compared to socially isolated people, according to a new large-scale population study from the Netherlands.
Science Dec 18‘Oumuamua, the alien asteroid, wears an organic coat. But what’s inside?
In the latest ‘Oumuamua update, a research team deciphers the chemical makeup of the cigar-shaped rock.
Nation Dec 06Extreme winds are fueling uncontrollable fires in Southern California. Here’s what we know
Massive wildfires that burned across Southern California on Wednesday have destroyed hundreds of homes, closed schools and set off mass evacuations.
Science Dec 06Duck-like dinosaur fossil, plucked from black market, makes debut
What has flippers like a penguin, a neck like a swan and a posture like a duck? It’s the newly discovered Halszkaraptor escuilliei or “Halszka”– a bizarre, semi-aquatic dinosaur with a collage of features never seen in any other prehistoric…
Science Dec 04What humans can learn about immigration from Africa’s tiniest carnivores
A new study shows it takes a little time before outsider dwarf mongooses will be trusted with a crucial job in a new group. But in these communities, immigrants are always welcome.
Science Nov 30These flying prehistoric reptiles had needy babies, rare batch of eggs show
A treasure trove of ancient eggs reveals how flying reptiles called pterosaurs developed in infanthood and how parents took care of their young.
Science Nov 22This asteroid is our solar system’s first known ‘alien’ visitor
A cigar-shaped asteroid named ‘Oumuamua is our solar system's first interstellar visitor -- that we know of.
Science Nov 17Why is the Indian Ocean rising so rapidly?
One pocket of the Indian Ocean is rising faster than other seas, and these scientists may know why.
Science Nov 09When scared, the crested pigeon screams with its flapping feathers
The crested pigeon's mere act of taking frantic flight is enough to alert its flock of looming danger.