Stories tagged: science
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
NASA returns priceless bag of moon dust to Chicago-area woman after suit
A priceless bag of moon dust collected during the Apollo 11 mission has been returned to a Chicago-area woman after she won a landmark legal victory against NASA. NASA officials …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 4:58 a.m.
Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?
After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
The dirty dozen: U.N. issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria
The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:44 a.m.
Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:25 p.m.
Environmental chief promises swift rollback of Obama-era rules
U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt unveiled plans to roll back at least three Obama-era rules at the EPA while vowing to give businesses “regulatory certainty.”
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 6:26 a.m.
‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurs Sunday morning – here’s how to watch
This Sunday morning, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, there will be an annular solar eclipse. This eclipse’s path stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic and …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 8:40 a.m.
SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late
SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day. Everything went smoothly the …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star
A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.
Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
An unmanned Russian cargo ship lifted off successfully Wednesday on a supply mission to the International Space Station.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 6 a.m.
Billings high school grads help Microsoft reshape reality
Microsoft plans to unveil its next-generation three-dimensional experience sometime this year, and two Billings high school graduates left their mark on the project.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 8 a.m.
Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean
Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is a sight not seen in this region since 1979
Crowds are likely to flock to the path of totality during the solar eclipse on the morning of Aug. 21.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war – but no one is ready to deal with it
A genetically engineered virus is easier to make and could kill more people than nuclear weapons – and yet no country on Earth is ready for the threat, Bill Gates …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal, study finds
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:04 a.m.
Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says
A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 4:31 a.m.
Researchers may have a way to predict autism, national study indicates
Measuring changes in infants’ brain growth can allow doctors to predict the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with autism in their toddler years, according to research published Wednesday by …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 7 a.m.
Study: Invasive bugs found in fallen trees years after storm
They may be down but they’re not out: Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation
A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Toppenish dairy recalls raw milk due to E. coli
A Toppenish dairy is recalling some of its organic raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors recently found E. coli bacteria in raw milk products sold by the company.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Justices: Makers have duty to warn hospitals about devices
The Washington Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it didn’t tell a jury that a manufacturer had a duty to warn the hospital about its products.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
After removing climate change information, Idaho House panel OKs new science standards
An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 8 a.m.
Trade in African lion bones for Asian market faces scrutiny
Wildlife traffickers in a major African park have been offering rewards for a full lion carcass, raising concerns that poachers are increasingly targeting a vulnerable species because of demand in …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
The cave squeaker returns: Rare frog spotted for first time in decades
Researchers in Zimbabwe say they have found a rare frog that hasn’t been seen in decades.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:38 a.m.
Oldest proteins ever have been found in a 195-million-year-old dinosaur, scientist say
The Lufengosaurus – a long-necked herbivore that walked on two feet in what is now southwestern China – has been dead for 195 million years. But scientists think a small …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Massive lava stream exploding into ocean in Hawaii
A dramatic “firehose” stream of molten lava continued to shoot out of a sea cliff Wednesday on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact. The …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Tinder for apes? Dutch zoo gives orangutans screen time
How does a primate find a date when they’re confined to an urban jungle? Orangutans in a Dutch zoo may get a high-tech helping hand thanks to a research project …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
SpaceX gets new launch order, targets mid-February for next satellite launch
SpaceX has landed a new order from satellite operator Iridium Communications Inc. to launch five satellites. The Hawthorne space company already had a contract with Iridium for a total of …