Ashley Yeager

All Stories by Ashley Yeager

  1. Health & Medicine

    Heart damage linked to obesity in kids

    Doctors are finding signs of heart damage in obese children as young as 8 years old.

  2. Environment

    Table salt and shellfish can contain plastic

    Bits of plastic have turned up in sea salts purchased in Chinese supermarkets. The finding suggests all sea salts may be similarly tainted. Shellfish too.

  3. Environment

    Plastic trash travels up to Arctic waters

    Bags, fishing rope and other tiny bits of plastic are now polluting Arctic waters, posing threats to area wildlife.

  4. Animals

    Sperm whales’ clicks suggest the animals have culture

    Sperm whales appear to learn the sounds they use to socialize. That suggests they have some form of culture.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Survey finds U.S. schools start ‘too early’

    The school bell dings too early for U.S. tweens and teens, a survey finds. Most kids start class well before the recommended 8:30 a.m.

  6. Animals

    More dinosaur bones yield traces of blood, soft tissue

    More dinosaur bones are found to contain residues of blood and soft tissue. The discovery could help point to when dinosaurs turned into warm-blooded creatures.

  7. Space

    News Brief: Surprise — comet lander awoke!

    Scientists think the lander’s instruments may have lots to share about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in coming days to weeks.

  8. Fossils

    ‘Frankenstein’ dino showed a mashup of traits

    New species unearthed in Chile is “an anatomical Frankenstein,” declares one of its discoverers.

  9. Microbes

    Virus blamed in starfish die-off

    A virus may explains the deaths of millions of starfish along the Pacific Coast of North America. The deaths affect 20 species. Some of the stricken animals appear to melt into puddles of slime.

  10. Planets

    Comet probe may shed light on Earth’s past

    Scientists spent more than two decades setting up Philae’s months-long investigation of a comet. What they hope to learn could shed light on Earth’s childhood — and the source of its water. But that’s if problems with Philae’s landing don’t cut the robot’s life span.