Stories tagged: science
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 10:58 a.m.
WSU, University of Idaho join search for super spuds
A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 5:10 a.m.
Sexist men have psychological problems, study shows
Psychologists looking at 10 years of data from nearly 20,000 men found that those who value having power over women and endorse playboy behavior and other traditional notions of masculinity …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 5:28 a.m.
Ants have been farming plants for millions of years, long before people
Could ants get any cooler? These amazing insects have been known to create rafts and bridges with their bodies and tend to vast fungus gardens. Now, a new study suggests …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 6:37 p.m.
Dementia rate declines, but aging America may halt the trend
New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 4:17 p.m.
Trump wants to dump the Paris climate deal, but 71 percent of Americans support it, survey finds
Since the election of Donald Trump as president, climate change has rushed to the front of the news because of Trump’s pledges to wipe away major U.S. attempts to address …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Oregon parks sell out of campsites for solar eclipse
People eager to see the total solar eclipse next summer have booked all of Oregon’s available campsites for the celestial event.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
London girl’s remains cryogenically preserved in Michigan
The remains of a 14-year-old London girl whose dying wish was to be cryogenically preserved with the hope of someday being brought back to life are being kept at the …
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Federal center studying milkweed to help monarch butterflies
The USDA’s Aberdeen Plant Materials Center has started trials to determine the best planting methods for establishing stands of milkweed – a plant that fills a critical life-cycle niche for …
Sat., Nov. 19, 2016, 10:43 p.m.
Despite Trump’s skepticism, nearly 200 countries pledge to keep fighting climate change
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries ended two weeks of talks Saturday pledging to press on with the fight against climate change – with or without the help of the next …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Rocket carrying crew of 3 blasts off for Int’l Space Station
A Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran American astronaut, a French newcomer and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 9 p.m.
Prince William: We’re still step behind wildlife traffickers
Britain’s Prince William praised Vietnam, China and other Asian countries for taking unprecedented steps to battle wildlife trafficking but said Thursday the truth is that rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 6:22 p.m.
Kerry tells climate conference the U.S. will fight global warming, with Trump or without
Secretary of State John Kerry took the stage at United Nations climate talks in Morocco on Wednesday, seeking to reassure nervous negotiators that a groundbreaking agreement to fight global warming …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 2:02 p.m.
Pluto’s icy heart may hide an underground ocean
Pluto, the distant dwarf planet, is home to mysterious mountains that could be ice volcanoes and icebergs of water ice floating atop a plain of frozen nitrogen.
Mon., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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. …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Wed., 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.
Wed., 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 …