Stories tagged: science
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 12:44 p.m.
John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95
John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 7:40 a.m.
California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery
Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 4:29 a.m.
Earth’s spin is slowing at a rate of 1.8 milliseconds per century
The latest findings in Earth science are brought to you by ancient astronomers who observed the heavens as much as 2,700 years ago.
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
SpaceX delays launch to January after fireball grounding
SpaceX plans to launch several Iridium communications satellites into space in early January, delaying its return to flight after a Sept. 1 fireball destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket on a …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 9:09 p.m.
Three Everglades deer found in one big python belly
Pythons eat a lot. No surprise there. But in a new study, scientists examining poop from a Burmese python bagged in the Everglades discovered the ravenous snakes may be gorging …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Math a concern for U.S. teens; science, reading flat on test
American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance for 15-year-olds shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Russian supply ship, launched to International Space Station, breaks up over Siberia
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 8:04 a.m.
Ailing Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole to New Zealand
An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was in a hospital on Friday in …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Icy basin in Pluto’s heart may be natural sinkhole
The deep icy basin in Pluto’s heart-shaped region may be a natural sinkhole.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Great Barrier Reef sees record coral deaths this year
Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Tuesday.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 10:58 a.m.
WSU, University of Idaho join search for super spuds
A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 5:10 a.m.
Sexist men have psychological problems, study shows
Psychologists looking at 10 years of data from nearly 20,000 men found that those who value having power over women and endorse playboy behavior and other traditional notions of masculinity …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 5:28 a.m.
Ants have been farming plants for millions of years, long before people
Could ants get any cooler? These amazing insects have been known to create rafts and bridges with their bodies and tend to vast fungus gardens. Now, a new study suggests …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 6:37 p.m.
Dementia rate declines, but aging America may halt the trend
New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 4:17 p.m.
Trump wants to dump the Paris climate deal, but 71 percent of Americans support it, survey finds
Since the election of Donald Trump as president, climate change has rushed to the front of the news because of Trump’s pledges to wipe away major U.S. attempts to address …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Oregon parks sell out of campsites for solar eclipse
People eager to see the total solar eclipse next summer have booked all of Oregon’s available campsites for the celestial event.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
London girl’s remains cryogenically preserved in Michigan
The remains of a 14-year-old London girl whose dying wish was to be cryogenically preserved with the hope of someday being brought back to life are being kept at the …
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Federal center studying milkweed to help monarch butterflies
The USDA’s Aberdeen Plant Materials Center has started trials to determine the best planting methods for establishing stands of milkweed – a plant that fills a critical life-cycle niche for …
Sat., Nov. 19, 2016, 10:43 p.m.
Despite Trump’s skepticism, nearly 200 countries pledge to keep fighting climate change
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries ended two weeks of talks Saturday pledging to press on with the fight against climate change – with or without the help of the next …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Rocket carrying crew of 3 blasts off for Int’l Space Station
A Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran American astronaut, a French newcomer and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 9 p.m.
Prince William: We’re still step behind wildlife traffickers
Britain’s Prince William praised Vietnam, China and other Asian countries for taking unprecedented steps to battle wildlife trafficking but said Thursday the truth is that rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 6:22 p.m.
Kerry tells climate conference the U.S. will fight global warming, with Trump or without
Secretary of State John Kerry took the stage at United Nations climate talks in Morocco on Wednesday, seeking to reassure nervous negotiators that a groundbreaking agreement to fight global warming …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 2:02 p.m.
Pluto’s icy heart may hide an underground ocean
Pluto, the distant dwarf planet, is home to mysterious mountains that could be ice volcanoes and icebergs of water ice floating atop a plain of frozen nitrogen.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 1 a.m.
Report: Carbon emissions flat in last three years
Worldwide emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have flattened out in the past three years, a new study showed Monday, raising hopes that the world is nearing a turning point in …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
High-res commercial satellite launches from California coast
A commercial satellite capable of taking high-resolution images from space was launched Friday from a military base along the California coast.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
November’s supermoon will be bigger than it has been since 1948
November’s full moon is special. Not only is it a supermoon – which appears larger than a “regular” full moon – it will be the closest such moon to Earth …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
U.N. report: Human footprint ‘increasingly visible’ in climate
MARRAKECH, Morocco – Hot and wild and with an “increasingly visible human footprint” – that’s how the U.N. weather agency sums up the global climate in the past five years. …
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 4:59 p.m.
How long did it take for life to rebound after the death of the dinosaurs?
It doesn’t take a very long time to irreversibly change the planet. In just a few dozen millennia – a geologic blink of an eye – three quarters of Earth’s …
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 4:02 p.m.
Scientists use gene editing to fix mutation that causes sickle cell disease
A team of scientists has used a powerful new gene-editing technique to fix the mutation that causes sickle cell disease, a key step toward a cure for the deadly immune …
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Researchers seek to find Old Faithful’s underground plumbing
Scientists from the U.S. and Denmark are seeking to map out the plumbing system hidden inside the earth’s crust that’s responsible for the famous Old Faithful geyser and other hydrothermal …