Stories tagged: science
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 9:37 p.m.
California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog
A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 3:11 p.m.
California island foxes removed from endangered species list
Foxes native to California’s Channel Islands have rebounded so fast that they’re no longer considered endangered.
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 11:27 a.m.
GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale, Arizona
General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
U.S. approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2 p.m.
Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people
Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:40 p.m.
Cuba says 2 people apparently contracted Zika inside country
Cuba says it has diagnosed the Zika virus in two people who appear to have contracted it inside the country, which has been largely successful in controlling the disease.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
‘Earth’s fever rises,’ scientists say
Earth’s fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 1:33 p.m.
University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center
University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 1:35 p.m.
Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women
Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …
Sun., July 31, 2016, 11:03 p.m.
Climate change may be turning gulls into cannibals
Over the last decade, gulls on Protection Island have shown a growing taste for their neighbors’ eggs and chicks. The trend appears linked to climate change.
Fri., July 29, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
Thu., July 28, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands
The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 6 a.m.
Bee study: Common pesticide appears to harm sperm
A new study finds that a commonly used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids kills much of the sperm created by male drone honeybees, one reason why the bees are dwindling.
Tue., July 26, 2016, 6 a.m.
Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people’s height
If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia. And in the United States, which lags behind dozens of other countries in …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 5 p.m.
Local novice beekeepers do their part to fight colony collapse
Hundreds of local residents are taking beekeeping classes at the Spokane County Washington State University Extension in hopes of pollinating their gardens, having access to fresh honey or combating honey …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
New Zealand plans to rid nation of rats to help birds
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced an ambitious plan to completely rid the South Pacific nation of rats and some other nuisance animals, including possums and stoats, …
Sun., July 17, 2016, 9:19 a.m.
Poop-sniffing dog finds human waste in Whatcom County waterways
A dog trained to sniff out water pollution has detected human waste in many of the water samples taken from Whatcom County waterways.
Fri., July 15, 2016, 2:40 p.m.
Bellevue eighth-graders win international rocketry challenge
A team of eighth-graders from a public middle school in Washington state has won the International Rocketry Challenge in London.
Mon., July 4, 2016, 3:20 p.m.
Journey to Jupiter: NASA’s Juno spacecraft prepares for cosmic date
A solar-powered spacecraft is spinning toward Jupiter for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in our solar system.
Thu., June 30, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Judge: 14K cases possibly affected by tainted lab work
Nearly 15,000 drug cases might have been undermined after a forensic lab technician was accused of shoddy work, according to a New Jersey judge.
Tue., June 28, 2016, 2:13 p.m.
Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows
The land under Beijing is sinking by as much as 4 inches per year because of the overconsumption of groundwater, according to research published in the journal Remote Sensing this …
Tue., June 28, 2016, 12:37 p.m.
Booster rocket fires in key NASA test for Mars missions
NASA’s fireworks came early this year with a successful rocket test in Utah.
Mon., June 27, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
40-year-old Twinkie still going strong
In a glass box in a private school in Maine sits a 40-year-old chemistry experiment still going strong: a decades-old Twinkie.
Mon., June 27, 2016, 5:06 p.m.
Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world
The cod isn’t just a fish to David Goethel. It’s his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.
Sun., June 19, 2016, 8:26 p.m.
Scientists battle to save world’s coral reefs
After the most powerful El Nino on record heated the world’s oceans to never-before-seen levels, huge swaths of once vibrant coral reefs are now stark white ghost towns disintegrating into …
Wed., June 15, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Coffee struck from list of possible cancer-causing agents
Go on, have another cup. Coffee is now off the list of things that could possibly cause cancer.
Wed., June 15, 2016, 2:14 p.m.
Scientists tell Obama: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling
Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 6:36 p.m.
US government close to approving private moon mission, reports say
A commercial space company could be one step closer to landing its spacecraft on the moon in a regulatory move that might help open space exploration beyond Earth orbit to …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
VP Joe Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer
Vice President Joe Biden is unveiling a public database for clinical data on cancer on Monday that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.
Mon., June 6, 2016, 10:34 a.m.
Astronauts enter world’s first inflatable space habitat
Space station astronauts opened the world’s first inflatable space habitat Monday and floated inside.