Man bitten by shark, bear, snake in less than 4 years

When Dylan McWilliams was bitten by a shark Thursday in Hawaii, it meant he had been bitten by a shark, a bear and a rattlesnake – all in less than four years.

California researchers accidentally find ‘feisty’ rodent thought to have gone extinct 30 years ago

Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum and the non-profit Terra Peninsular were scratching their heads when they found unfamiliar rodents in traps they placed around a field in Baja California.

‘Extremely rare’ shark seen for first time in a decade at fish market

A shark that hasn’t been seen in more than a decade was found in an unusual location: an Indian fish market.

Giant whale bumps into Maryland pier, shocks fishermen

A man fishing off of a pier in Maryland had an unexpected encounter with a whale, a video shows.

Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend: What to know about the starry spectacle

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will put on a spectacular display — with 10 to 20 meteors per hour — as it peaks this weekend.

Knife-wielding monk seal pup spotted on Hawaii beach

Hawaiian officials are warning beachgoers after a monk seal pup was spotted on a local beach with a knife in its mouth.

Ultrasound found the secret of a people who dive deep

“They are simply a stranger to the land,” an anthropologist says of Southeast Asia’s Bajau people, and a new study shows their bodies have changed to account for that.

What’s next for NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest planet-hunting powerhouse, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), leaped into orbit Wednesday evening (April 18) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Zoo kangaroos weren’t active—so visitors threw bricks at them

One kangaroo is dead and another is injured after visitors at a Chinese zoo hurled rocks and other objects at them in two separate incidents.

9-foot alligator wrangled out of Florida homeowner’s pool

Florida police say they had to assist a trapper Thursday after a 9-foot alligator was spotted taking a dip in an Odessa homeowners’ pool.

How a bizarre Nazi military machine left a lasting mark on the environment

VIENNA —The Tirpitz was the Nazis’ most imposing warship and the largest battleship ever built by a European navy. It should have been an easy target for bombers, but this massive vessel could hide in plain sight.

New species of ‘exploding ants’ discovered in Southeast Asia

Fifteen new species of “exploding ants” – including one entirely new to science – have been discovered in Southeast Asia, Gizmodo reported, citing the results of a survey published Thursday in the science journal ZooKeys.

Tortoise with cracked shell recovers after $4G operation

A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering this week from a three-hour operation that cost $4,000.

Doctor who gave Asperger syndrome its name helped Nazis kill children, study says

The Austrian doctor for whom Asperger syndrome is named helped the Nazis kill disabled children during World War II, according to a study published Thursday.

Rare Titanic rescue letters surface

Two extremely rare letters written by a passenger on Titanic rescue ship RMS Carpathia are up for auction in the U.K. this weekend.

Baby owls born on California windowsill gawk at workers in viral photo

Three baby owls born on a University of California, Los Angeles windowsill stare down workers in a viral photo.

Treasure island: Rare metals discovery on remote Pacific atoll is worth billions of dollars

The discovery of vast reserves of rare-earth elements on a tiny island found in Japan’s exclusive economic waters, used in everything from iPhones to missile systems to electric vehicles, has been described as a “game changer.”

Tortoise found covered in red paint, concrete along Florida road

Authorities in Florida are asking for help after a gopher tortoise was found earlier this week covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs.

Missing WWII German submarine found after nearly 73 years lost at sea

A German submarine from World War II, rumored to have transported Nazi leadership and treasurers to South America following the collapse of Berlin, has been found nearly 73 years after being lost at sea.

SpaceX successfully launches NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter

SpaceX is set to launch NASA’s newest exoplanet-hunting spacecraft on Wednesday evening.

Baby penguins hatch at Boston aquarium, make public debut

The New England Aquarium in Boston officially has a new addition: four newly hatched blue penguins.

WWII wreck USS Helena discovered by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s crew

A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreck of the USS Helena in the Pacific, almost 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.

Giant group of octopus ‘moms’ discovered during deep sea expedition: ‘It’s suicide’

A group of more than 100 octopus “moms” and their eggs were found clustered about 2 miles below the ocean’s surface off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica by a group of scientists during a deep-sea expedition.

SpaceX prepares to launch NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter

SpaceX is set to launch NASA’s newest exoplanet-hunting spacecraft on Wednesday evening.

Green moon hoax goes viral ahead of April 20

Claims that a green moon would be visible for the first time in 420 years on April 20 went viral on Facebook this week — and scientists are ready to set the record straight.

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge to be used to create artificial reefs

A bridge that used to be the cause of headaches for commuters in the New York region will soon have a new life to help foster marine life.

Stunning space diamonds discovery: Mysterious meteorite came from ‘lost planet’

New analysis of a meteorite fragment from Sudan has found space diamonds, which scientists say came from a “lost planet” destroyed billions of years ago.

Haunting Titanic photo shows disaster victim’s burial at sea

A rare photograph of a burial ceremony for a victim of the Titanic disaster is going up for auction this weekend, 106 years after the ill-fated ocean liner sank in the Atlantic, with more than 1,500 of its 2,224 passengers perishing.

Shark attacks force World Surf League to cancel major competition in Australia

Two separate shark attacks on surfers over the last two days forced the World Surf League to cancel one of its major competitions in Western Australia, the organization announced Tuesday.

Huge beast described as ‘half human, half animal’ caught on camera after ‘savaging 2 dogs’

A mysterious “half-human, half animal” creature has been caught on camera after it was said to have savaged two dogs.