Stories tagged: science
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 11:15 A.M.
Let there be light: German scientists test ‘artificial sun’
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun,” a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:01 A.M.
The young science whiz who dazzled Obama now has schizophrenia
When Joey Hudy went to the White House in 2012, the 8th grade science whiz captivated President Barack Obama – and the world – with his large, orange marshmallow cannon.He …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 9:53 A.M.
New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree
The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten – and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 1:17 P.M.
Arctic sets record for low levels of sea ice
Floating sea ice at the top of the world has set another troubling record for its low spatial extent, shattering a prior record set just two years ago for this …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 4:47 P.M.
Trump signs NASA bill aimed at landing on Mars
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA’s mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for …
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 9:25 P.M.
SpaceX capsule returns space station science to Earth
A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 9:05 P.M.
To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs
Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs – by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones – could be the next big thing to help …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 5:36 P.M.
Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it
Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017, 1:23 P.M.
California scientists worry that Trump will interfere with climate data
The University of California, San Diego, may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data because of growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, 4:49 P.M.
Neanderthal menu: Woolly rhino in Belgium, mushrooms in Spain
Eating like a caveman meant chowing down on woolly rhinos and sheep in Belgium, but munching on mushrooms, pine nuts and moss in Spain. It all depended on where they …
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 3:26 P.M.
Bacon, soda & too few nuts tied to big portion of U.S. deaths
If you’re gorging on bacon or skimping on nuts, you might want to rethink your diet. That’s according to new research that links 10 foods with deaths from heart disease, …
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, 11:14 A.M.
World’s 1st woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, turns 80
Russia is honoring the world’s first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, on her 80th birthday.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017, 6:43 P.M.
Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash
LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, 12:07 P.M.
These elephants sleep only two hours a day, and scientists have no clue how they do it
Parents of infants, college students during finals season and the White House press corps should stand back in awe. A new champion non-sleeper has been crowned: Loxodontaafricana, the African elephant.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, 7:29 A.M.
Shawn Vestal: Now more than ever, Idaho students need their science teachers
It’s a good thing there are science teachers in Idaho to stand between students and the designs of state lawmakers. Otherwise, they might be getting the kind of “balanced” view …
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 10:42 A.M.
Greece targets the space race as well as innovative startups
Nikos Pappas, Greece’s Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, is serious about going into space.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017, 12:58 P.M.
Oklahoma’s earthquake threat now equals California’s due to man-made temblors
The earthquake risk for Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to remain significant in 2017, threatening 3 million people with seismic events that can produce damaging shaking, according to a …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017, 12:36 P.M.
Old mold from penicillin discoverer auctioned for $14,617
How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin. The nearly 90-year-old swatch of …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017, 12:09 P.M.
Tiny tubes in Canadian rock may be oldest known fossils
Tiny tubes and filaments in some Canadian rock appear to be the oldest known fossils, giving new support to some ideas about how life began, a new study says. The …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 2:41 P.M.
South Dakota ‘alternative facts’ science bill is rejected
There’s some pretty good news in the world of science education – at least for people who care about authentic science education: An “alternative facts” science bill in South Dakota …
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 1:24 P.M.
Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say
Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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: MONDAY, 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: MONDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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: SATURDAY, 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.”
SATURDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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 …