Stories tagged: science
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.
Sun., June 18, 2017
Kelly Walters: Mr. James sparked white-hot desire to pursue science
He learned how to do DNA research in the lab at Eastern Washington University and then posed the radical question: Why can’t we do the same thing with my high …
Thu., June 15, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency
President Donald Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 6:46 a.m.
Astronomers just achieved something Einstein said was impossible
Albert Einstein himself believed it couldn’t be done. A few decades after he published his theory of general relativity, a colleague asked the famous physicist whether the concept could be …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
High court ruling speeds up generic biotech drug approval
The Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public. The court’s unanimous ruling Monday means a loss of billions in sales …
Thu., June 8, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Oregon leaders ask state to invest $100 million for research complex
The Eugene mayor and a Lane County commissioner are urging state lawmakers to approve $100 million in immediate financing to a proposed University of Oregon scientific research facility.
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 5:22 p.m.
NASA picks 12 new astronauts from record number of applicants
NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation’s next generation of …
Wed., June 7, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
MIT gets $140 million donation from anonymous alumnus
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is getting a $140 million donation from a former student.
Wed., June 7, 2017, 6:17 a.m.
Trump has filled just 15 percent of the government’s top science jobs
Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Environmental analysis starts for proposed Idaho gold mine
Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company’s proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.
Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Book rejecting climate science sent to teachers
Kendrick High School science teacher Eric McDowell is one of thousands of teachers to receive a copy of “Why Scientists Disagree on Climate Change,” a book being distributed nationwide through …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:29 a.m.
Baby lobster count drops off U.S. coast and Canada, scientist says
The number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests, a University of Maine marine scientist has warned.
Mon., June 5, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
Hottest planet ever discovered has an atmosphere as warm as a star’s
The hottest planet ever discovered orbits a massive star so sizzling it burns bluish white. On exoplanet KELT-9b, a gas giant 650 light-years from Earth, temperatures during the day reach …
Mon., June 5, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Space station welcomes 1st returning vehicle since shuttle
The International Space Station welcomed its first returning vehicle in years Monday – a SpaceX Dragon capsule making its second delivery.
Fri., June 2, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Does Trump believe in climate change or not? Aides won’t say
Does he or doesn’t he? Believe in climate change, that is. You’d think that would be an easy enough question the day after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Putin: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ as Trump ditches climate deal
While other world leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he won’t judge.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:47 a.m.
Space capsule with 2 astronauts returns to Earth
A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to Earth after a half-year aboard the International Space Station has landed.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Protests, new climate pledges after Trump’s Paris pullout
Environmental campaigners protested Friday against President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while nations around the world pledged to double down on …
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
Virgin Galactic conducts 9th unpowered test flight
Virgin Galactic has conducted another unpowered test flight of its space tourism spacecraft over the Southern California desert.