Stories tagged: science
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Treat or monitor early prostate cancer? 10-year survival same
Men with early prostate cancer who choose to closely monitor their disease are just as likely to survive at least 10 years as those who have surgery or radiation, finds …
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Protections rejected for American pika, other species
Federal officials on Tuesday rejected greater protections for six species including the rabbit-like American pika, which researchers warn is disappearing from areas of the Western U.S. as climate change alters …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 8:32 p.m.
30-ton meteor discovered in Argentina at ancient meteor shower site
A 30-ton meteor – believed to be the world’s second largest – was discovered in northern Argentina, a news report said Monday.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 10:04 a.m.
Scientists in the UK discuss sex robots and digital intimacy
Sex robots – discuss. That is precisely what scientists and academics are doing at a British conference also covering all-too-modern issues like digital intimacy and older Facebook users.
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
NASA chasing down asteroid to scoop up, bring back samples
NASA is going after an asteroid this week like never before. It’s launching a spacecraft to the exotic black rock named Bennu (BEN-oo). Once there, the spacecraft will vacuum up …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Future climate change field test doesn’t make Earth greener
In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test – growing California flowers and grasslands with …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
Far-away asteroid named after Freddie Mercury on birthday
Queen guitarist Brian May says an asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit has been named after the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 70th birthday.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 11:02 a.m.
Mosquitoes test positive for Zika in South Beach
For the first time in the U.S., mosquitoes trapped in a zone where Zika virus is being actively transmitted have tested positive for the virus.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
USGS: Strong magnitude-7.1 quake off New Zealand coast
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake about 100 miles off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
Oregon location eliminated in search for geothermal lab site
A site near Oregon’s Newberry Volcano is no longer in the running for a federal enhanced geothermal research laboratory.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossil, oldest yet
Scientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth’s skies were orange and its oceans green.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant
A Mississippi firefighter who received the world’s most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like “a normal guy” for the first …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Scientists spot a rocky, Earth-like planet that could have liquid water
Pale blue dot, meet pale red dot. Astronomers have spent decades scouring the skies looking for Earth-sized planets around distant stars. And now they’ve found one, sitting smack in the …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
Pfizer to pay $14 billion for Medivation
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is paying $14 billion to buy Medivation Inc., a San Francisco biotech company that sells a high-priced prostate cancer medication discovered by UCLA.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 9:37 p.m.
California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog
A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 3:11 p.m.
California island foxes removed from endangered species list
Foxes native to California’s Channel Islands have rebounded so fast that they’re no longer considered endangered.
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 11:27 a.m.
GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale, Arizona
General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
U.S. approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2 p.m.
Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people
Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:40 p.m.
Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country
Cuba says it has diagnosed the Zika virus in two people who appear to have contracted it inside the country, which has been largely successful in controlling the disease.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
‘Earth’s fever rises,’ scientists say
Earth’s fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 1:33 p.m.
University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center
University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 1:35 p.m.
Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women
Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …
Sun., July 31, 2016, 11:03 p.m.
Climate change may be turning gulls into cannibals
Over the last decade, gulls on Protection Island have shown a growing taste for their neighbors’ eggs and chicks. The trend appears linked to climate change.
Fri., July 29, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
Thu., July 28, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands
The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 6 a.m.
Bee study: Common pesticide appears to harm sperm
A new study finds that a commonly used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids kills much of the sperm created by male drone honeybees, one reason why the bees are dwindling.
Tue., July 26, 2016, 6 a.m.
Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people’s height
If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia. And in the United States, which lags behind dozens of other countries in …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 5 p.m.
Local novice beekeepers do their part to fight colony collapse
Hundreds of local residents are taking beekeeping classes at the Spokane County Washington State University Extension in hopes of pollinating their gardens, having access to fresh honey or combating honey …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
New Zealand plans to rid nation of rats to help birds
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced an ambitious plan to completely rid the South Pacific nation of rats and some other nuisance animals, including possums and stoats, …