Stories tagged: science
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: How do refrigerators work?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: How do grasshoppers survive the winter?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, December 11, 2017.
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist
The scholarship, established at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Center for Arab American Philanthropy with money from Adawia Alousi’s family trust, is believed to be the first of its kind for Muslim-American …
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Why is there no cold?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Dec. 4, 2017.
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: What are the northern lights? Do they show every night?
Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines
A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about “the first marijuana overdose death” this week … Except that’s …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station
A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia’s cold eastern shore.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?
WASHINGTON – Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
NASA chief nominee promises to keep politics out of agency
President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA chief has been criticized for promoting political divisiveness and rejecting climate change science. He says he’ll run the space agency on a consensus agenda …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater
Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science
The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.
Researchers using Hanford gravitational waves lab win Nobel Prize in Physics
Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work discovering gravitational waves, bolstering Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:35 a.m.
Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost
Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:12 a.m.
New model confirms endangered right whales are declining
Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan
An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a …
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
WSU scientists exploring alternatives to dense jet fuel
A research team at Washington State University is studying a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants, according to a WSU News release.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Earth sweltered to 3rd-hottest August, summer on record
Earth just sweated through the third hottest August and summer on record.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison
More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and …
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017
Sarah Coefield: Amid Montana’s wildfires, I help people breathe
MISSOULA – It’s late August when I get a call from a grandmother. She lives in nearby Seeley Lake and she’s heard we have air purifiers – filters that can …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Cassini Spacecraft’s long tour comes to an end
Washington State University alumnus and professor emeritus at the University of Idaho David Atkinson talks about sentimental end of trip for the Cassini Spacecraft.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Scientists listen in on volcano’s inner workings
Scientists have been listening to Mount St. Helens for decades, and yet the rumbling volcano still holds many secrets about its subterranean activities. However, a recent experiment using a new …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft faces fiery finish
After a 20-year voyage, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet.
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Deniers place big wager against science
No one had trouble accepting science as authoritative last month when it predicted to the very minute a solar eclipse that darkened a great swath of America.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
Editorial: Politics infecting science, public health
We applaud the winners of this year’s Lasker prizes, but can’t help but wonder how much more could be achieved if science and public health could be inoculated against politics.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.
Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature
With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Spectacular Cassini photo puts Earth in perspective
For a moment four years ago, the spacecraft Cassini watched Earth from 900 million miles away. The probe had ducked behind Saturn. There, shielded from the sun’s rays, the robot …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
SpaceX launches Air Force’s super-secret minishuttle
SpaceX launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Idaho’s Craters of the Moon designated top stargazing site
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho has been designated an International Dark Sky Park due to its exceptional stargazing.