Stories tagged: science
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs
You’ve heard about the carbon footprint, but what about the carbon paw-print? According to a new study, U.S. cats’ and dogs’ eating patterns have as big an effect as driving …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
NASA job opening to defend Earth from aliens comes with a 6-figure salary
If “Independence Day” and “War of the Worlds” are among your favorite films, this might be your dream job.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
First safe repair of disease-causing gene in human embryos
Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes – a big step toward …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:50 p.m.
We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds
In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 11:05 a.m.
Custom plane would call Pasco home, fly the world for research
Plans are being made to base a new aircraft at Pasco that will fly the world, collecting data on the Earth’s atmosphere.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 12:12 p.m.
Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list
For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list.
Sun., July 30, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Maryland scientists research gene linked to depression
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine believe they may have found a key to the puzzle of major depression that could lead to therapies for those who …
Thu., July 27, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
In U.S. first, scientists edit genes of human embryos
For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases.
Wed., July 26, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Yelm hoping to draw crowds to first UFO weekend festival
The first Yelm UFO Fest is set to launch this weekend, and organizers are preparing to welcome visitors from beyond. Or at least beyond Yelm.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
Idaho schools debate canceling classes for August solar eclipse
A total solar eclipse coming up in August is creating a scheduling headache for schools. Is it worth canceling classes? Or should students stay in school and use the eclipse …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
California governor extends climate change bill 10 years
When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, he backed environmental legislation that led to one of the world’s most closely watched initiatives in the fight against global warming.
UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Science, sheep and the power of headlines
The small public meeting on Wednesday in Colfax was not normal bureaucracy. No charts on the wall with Post-it notes for comments. No three-minute testimony time. It was an honest …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Eastern Oregon University offering dorms to eclipse tourists
People traveling to northeastern Oregon to see next month’s solar eclipse now have another lodging option.
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million
A bag containing traces of moon dust is heading to auction – surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle.
Mon., July 10, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft buzzing Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to give us our best look yet of Jupiter’s swirling Great Red Spot.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:25 p.m.
Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food
Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …
Tue., July 4, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
China rocket failure likely to set back next space missions
The failure of China’s Long March 5 rocket deals a rare setback to China’s highly successful space program that could delay plans to bring back moon samples and offer rival …
UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Scientists baffled by strange sea creatures near Alaska
Strange sea creatures that resemble large pink thimbles are showing up on the coast of southeast Alaska for the first time after making their way north along the West Coast …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions
Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes – which has lagged behind storm track forecasting – could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, …
Sun., July 2, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
This bizarre ancient creature mystified Darwin; now we finally know what it was
The Macrauchenia patachonica is neither a llama nor a horse, nor an elephant, a new analysis of its fossils shows. What exactly this creature was puzzled scientists, including the father …
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
Oregon infant’s illness prompts warning about placenta pills
Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant’s infection was tied to the practice.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
A mysterious Mars-sized planet may be hiding at the edge of our solar system
A mysterious celestial body may be lurking in the frozen, far-flung reaches of the solar system, scientists say.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility
Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands
A 14-minute eruption by an Alaska volcano sent an ash cloud to 30,000 feet in the Aleutian Islands.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:18 a.m.
Alaska Air offers charter flight for solar eclipse viewing
Alaska Airlines is offering a charter flight over the Pacific Ocean this Aug. 21 that will allow select passengers to view the astronomical event from the sky.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
Idaho county passes Emergency Declaration ahead of eclipse
Washington County Commissioners have passed an Emergency Declaration ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse.
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:39 a.m.
Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it
Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would …
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life
NASA says its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.