Stories tagged: science
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Sun., 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.
Thu., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Tue., 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.
Tue., 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
Tue., 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 …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 7:34 p.m.
Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio team up against climate change
President Barack Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio teamed up on the White House South Lawn on Monday to sound a call for urgent action to combat climate change.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
Canada to implement carbon tax
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada will impose a tax on carbon emissions starting in 2018 as part of its efforts to meet targets set by the …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 3:55 p.m.
U.S. wants to build Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste
The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy want to build a $1.6 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that would handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
U.S. bees added to endangered species list for first time
For the first time in the United States, bees have been placed on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday determined that seven species of …
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 12:29 p.m.
Dangerous Hurricane Matthew nears Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba
Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew drenched Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency shelters as the Category 4 storm approached …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 7:21 p.m.
Rosetta’s long journey with comet 67P has officially ended
The Rosetta mission to catch up with a speeding comet, land a space probe on it and follow it as it flies past the sun has officially come to an …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
Zika illnesses are mild at worst in U.S. teens, young children
A first look at U.S. teens and young children who were infected with Zika suggests the virus typically causes at worst only a mild illness.
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 3:36 p.m.
The Arctic is being utterly transformed – and we’re just starting to learn the consequences
It’s the fastest-warming part of the planet – and the impacts will be felt far, far afield. No wonder, perhaps, that on Wednesday, the outgoing Obama administration convened top science …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 2 p.m.
As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies, study says
As a group, mammals average a lethal violence rate against their own of about three killings of their own species in 1,000 deaths. The “root” violence rate of early humans …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Magellanic penguin mating season begins in Argentina
Thousands of Magellanic penguins are arriving at Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula for their breeding season.
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
Hubble spies possible water plumes spewing from Jupiter moon
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted possible water plumes spewing from one of Jupiter’s icy moons.
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 3:32 p.m.
UPS tests drones for urgent deliveries
The day when a UPS package could be delivered by drone is one step closer. UPS this week began testing drone delivery of urgent packages to remote locations – a …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 11:28 a.m.
Satellite-based radar confirms man-made Texas earthquakes
Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 8:29 p.m.
Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought
Greenland is losing about 40 trillion pounds more ice a year than scientists had thought, according to a new study that used GPS to help estimate how much is melting.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Threat of untreatable gonorrhea is increasing, new data show
U.S. health officials have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that show sharply increased resistance to the last effective treatment available for the country’s second most commonly reported infectious disease.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 6:03 p.m.
Boeing announces $6 million in grants for science, math
Boeing is awarding $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations and education institutions across Washington state to help train the next generation of aerospace, science and technology …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
U.N. adopts declaration on anti-microbial resistance
World leaders approved a wide-ranging declaration Wednesday aimed at addressing the rising number of drug-resistant infections – something the World Health Organization says has the potential to kill millions and …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
375 U.S. scientists slam Trump for threatening to abandon Paris climate accord
Earlier this year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked the ire of scientists and climate activists when he vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement” once in office. Now, hundreds …
Tue., Sept. 20, 2016, 6:38 a.m.
What researchers learned about hook-up culture from volunteers who drank beer for the sake of science
Why does drinking lead to hook-ups? One theory is that alcohol makes people feel more frisky. Another is that it simply causes people to let loose and act more impulsively, …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 2 p.m.
Arctic sea ice ties second-lowest level ever recorded
Earlier this year, it appeared that we might be on pace for a startling new record in the Arctic. Back in May, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 10:53 a.m.
China launches second space station, Tiangong 2
China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years.