Stories tagged: science
Sat., May 28, 2016, 12:26 p.m.
NASA slowly inflating new room at space station on 2nd try
NASA slowly inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, with better luck than the first try two days earlier.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Three workers exposed in radiation incident at Idaho DOE site
A cleanup contractor says radioactive material contaminated the skin and clothing of three workers during an incident earlier this month at a U.S. Department of Energy site in the Idaho …
Fri., May 27, 2016, 8:36 a.m.
Breast cancer diagnoses could be prevented or delayed, study shows
Ask almost any health-conscious woman who’s mustered under a giant pink ribbon, and she’ll tell you what an American woman’s chances are of getting breast cancer in her lifetime: 1 …
Fri., May 27, 2016, 6:38 a.m.
Climate change is happening on Mars, where an ice age is coming to an end
By examining swirling patterns left in ice topping the Red Planet’s north pole, scientists using radar data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have put together an unprecedented look into our …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval
Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania
A solar-powered airplane has landed in Pennsylvania, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Wed., May 25, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
NASA’s yearlong spaceman still has sore feet, fatigue
NASA’s yearlong spaceman says even after 2
Sat., May 21, 2016, 8:46 a.m.
Volcano erupts in western Indonesia, killing 3 villagers
A volcano in western Indonesian has unleashed hot clouds of ash, killing three villagers and injuring four others.
Fri., May 20, 2016, 5:07 a.m.
Supersized tsunamis once roiled ocean on Mars, scientists say
Mars might have been a wilder water world than we thought. Scientists scanning the terrain have discovered signs of two massive tsunamis in the northern hemisphere – events that might …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Mars, Earth, sun line up perfectly in sky this weekend
Last week, Mercury stole the show. Now it’s Mars’ turn. On Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the sun will line up perfectly in the sky. This once-every-two-years event is called …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
Carbon dioxide levels jump by record amount due to El Nino
Measurements show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh
Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana
A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record
Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by …
Mon., May 16, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
Exercising drives down risk for 13 cancers, research shows
In addition to protecting hearts, preserving memory and lifting moods, exercise is a powerful cancer-preventive, says new research.
Mon., May 16, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth
It’s 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station. The space station reached the orbital milestone – 17
Fri., May 13, 2016, 6:45 a.m.
Space dust from 2.7 billion years ago holds surprise
Each year, more than 3,000 tons of space dust fails to burn up in our planet’s atmosphere and falls instead to Earth’s surface. These micrometeorites are just a few microns …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline
Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 9:40 a.m.
Study asks: Too much folic acid a cause of autism?
For decades, pregnant women have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. But a new study suggests very high levels of the vitamin in mothers’ …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 9:08 p.m.
SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with precious science load
A SpaceX capsule returned to Earth on Wednesday with precious science samples from NASA’s one-year space station resident.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
South African rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction
A year ago, a South African rhino survived a horrific attack by poachers who hacked off her horns and part of her face. This month, the rhino dubbed Hope is …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 4 p.m.
NASA’s official exoplanet count more than doubles
The Milky Way just got a lot more crowded – with planets. NASA on Tuesday announced 1,284 new planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, called exoplanets.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 12:20 p.m.
Utah fetal pain law takes effect, but doctors unsure how to comply
Utah’s first-in-the-nation requirement that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before some abortions takes effect Tuesday, but doctors say it’s unnecessary and impossible to comply with.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Mount St. Helens eruption not expected soon despite series of quakes
An ongoing swarm of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens doesn’t mean the volcano is likely to erupt soon, but scientists are studying the tiny quakes to see what they reveal …
Mon., May 9, 2016, 4:27 p.m.
Study links diet soda to childhood overweight
Could diet soda be fueling the rise of childhood obesity? A new study of more than 3,000 Canadian children and their mothers finds a strong link between the amount of …
Sat., May 7, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Age, gender and nationality affect how much sleep you get, study finds
What constitutes a “normal” night’s sleep? That all depends, says Danny Forger, a biological mathematician at the University of Michigan and an expert in circadian clocks.
Fri., May 6, 2016, 2:25 p.m.
SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch
For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 5:03 a.m.
Mercury to make rare transit of sun on Monday
Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively
Thu., May 5, 2016, 6:38 a.m.
Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say
Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.
Thu., May 5, 2016, 5:26 a.m.
Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques
New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.