Stories tagged: science
MONDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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. …
MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 4 P.M.
Some immune-boosting cancer drugs may pose rare heart risks
Doctors have found a disturbing downside to some powerful new drugs that harness the immune system to fight cancer: In rare cases, they may cause potentially fatal heart damage, especially …
MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016, 1:44 P.M.
Astronauts share experiences after 115 days on International Space Station
Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin slid out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft that delivered him to a remote steppe in Kazakhstan Sunday morning (local time). He and fellow astronauts Kate Rubins …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 7 P.M.
With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams
Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 12:45 P.M.
World’s first fossilized dinosaur brain may have been found
A bit of lumpy brown rock no bigger than an orange could be the world’s first fossilized dinosaur brain.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 12:03 P.M.
WSU Tri-Cities holds inauguration for new college
A small car sat in the lobby of the WSU Tri-Cities’ wine science center building. The vehicle represents what makes the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences special, said …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 8:21 A.M.
Spacecraft sends back last bit of data from 2015 Pluto flyby
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A spacecraft has sent back the last bit of data from its 2015 flyby of Pluto. The picture – one of a sequence of shots of …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016, 3 P.M.
While herding sheep, Australian man discovers bones of a giant dinosaur. Meet Wade.
In 2005, David Elliott was guiding his mob of sheep through central Queensland, Australia, when two fossilized bone fragments poking out of the soil caught his eye. Elliott returned to …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016, 11:38 A.M.
Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded
Europe’s experimental Mars probe hit the right spot – but at the wrong speed – and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016, 6:04 P.M.
Two San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected
The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and unleash major devastation, a new study finds.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016, 5:49 P.M.
Tesla equipping cars to drive completely on their own
Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 1:54 P.M.
‘Higgs bison’ mystery solved with help of ancient cave paintings
Paleontologists cheekily dubbed the species the “Higgs bison” – a play on the famously elusive subatomic particle – because it was so mysterious. Little did they realize that the creature …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 11:47 A.M.
Samsung setting up booths at airports to exchange Note 7s
The Department of Transportation’s ban on the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 could be leaving some users in a lurch if they try to bring the phone on any flight going …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 9:53 A.M.
Cool: Earth’s 16-month record heat streak finally ends
Federal meteorologists say Earth’s 16-month streak of record high temperatures is finally over.
THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2016, 1:16 P.M.
Galaxy count may now top 2 trillion across universe
Thought the universe was crowded with 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies? Try 1 trillion or even 2 trillion galaxies and more. That’s the latest census, reported Thursday.
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 5:09 P.M.
Pluto gets a buddy: A new dwarf planet is discovered in solar system
Out beyond Neptune, past Pluto, through the chaos of the Kuiper belt to a point some 8.5 billion miles from the sun, a new dwarf planet has just joined our …
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 9:03 A.M.
Obama says US working with companies to send humans to Mars
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the United States is partnering with commercial companies to build “new habitats” to try to send humans safely to Mars within two decades. Obama …
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016, 6:31 A.M.
Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs
A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2016, 3:55 P.M.
Scientists announce discovery of Brazil’s largest dinosaur
Brazilian scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of what they say is the largest dinosaur ever found in South America’s biggest country.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016, 6:04 A.M.
Inventors of molecular machines win Nobel Prize in chemistry
STOCKHOLM – Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world’s smallest machines, work that could revolutionize computer technology and lead to a new type …
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 7:23 P.M.
EU ratification to make Paris climate deal a reality
The European Union ratified the international Paris agreement on climate change late Tuesday, fulfilling the second and final condition for the accord to go into force later this year.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 3:23 P.M.
Iran’s space agency ‘interested’ in cooperating with NASA
The head of Iran’s space agency said Tuesday his country is interested in cooperating with NASA.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 3:20 P.M.
Nearly 2,000-pound shark is being tracked off Virginia coast
She isn’t quite an adult, but at 12
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 7:45 A.M.
University of Washington Professor David Thouless among winners of Nobel Prize in physics
STOCKHOLM – British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for discoveries on unusual states of matter that could …