Stories tagged: science
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Tinder for apes? Dutch zoo gives orangutans screen time
How does a primate find a date when they’re confined to an urban jungle? Orangutans in a Dutch zoo may get a high-tech helping hand thanks to a research project …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
SpaceX gets new launch order, targets mid-February for next satellite launch
SpaceX has landed a new order from satellite operator Iridium Communications Inc. to launch five satellites. The Hawthorne space company already had a contract with Iridium for a total of …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:34 p.m.
School shootings rise when economy struggles, study suggests
A new study finds that school shootings rise when the economy tanks, even as violent crime in general appears to be unaffected. Researchers analyzed data from 379 shootings in schools …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 5:57 a.m.
Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs
Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 5:26 a.m.
Little girls doubt that women can be brilliant, study shows
Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure. A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as 6 can be led to believe …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 5:09 a.m.
Arkansas bans common second-trimester abortion procedure
Arkansas is poised to become the third state to ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure under restrictions approved Thursday that are expected to face a legal challenge.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Hundreds honor 3 astronauts lost in Apollo fire 50 years ago
Moonwalkers and dozens of others who took part in NASA’s storied Apollo program paid tribute Thursday to the three astronauts killed in a fire 50 years ago. On the eve …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is scrutinizing studies and data published by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, while new work is under a “temporary hold” before it can be …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Park Service workers’ step up campaign against Trump
The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Next big march on Washington could be scientists
The next big march on Washington could flood the National Mall with scientists. It’s an idea spawned on Reddit, where several scientists – concerned about the new president’s policies on …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
NASA displays Apollo capsule hatch 50 years after fatal fire
A relic from America’s first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on the launch pad killed three astronauts at the start of …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:50 a.m.
Researchers program drones to find virus-infected potatoes
Researchers at Idaho State University have programed drones to be able to identify a potato-infecting virus.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 8 a.m.
Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days
Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Emily Wine: Taking symbolic steps toward leadership roles
It wasn’t until after I left the halls of academia and entered the workforce that I began to understand the subtle sexism that pervades daily life in America.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
OSU scientists sequence genome of beaver, school mascot
Scientists at Oregon State University have sequenced the beaver genome thanks to a 2015 crowdfunding effort. The Register-Guard reported that the funding drive raised $20,001 from 103 donors. OSU used …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars
Six carefully selected scientists will spend the next eight months living inside a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump
A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect’s head are reminiscent of Trump’s blond …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 5 p.m.
Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82
Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Moscow Middle School team has a vision of future cities
DiscoverE’s Future City Competition – a national, nonprofit educational program – challenges sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to design and create cities of the future. This year’s theme is “The Power …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Bighorn sheep in Montana get health checkup
State wildlife biologists have captured 32 members of a herd of bighorn sheep that live both in Montana and Canada and given them health checkups.
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 7:11 a.m.
Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone
The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11 p.m.
Spacewalking astronauts upgrade orbiting lab’s power grid
The International Space Station’s solar power grid got three more top-of-the-line batteries Friday during the second spacewalk in a week.
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 4:50 a.m.
Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old, scientists say
It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species
The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016
With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears
As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, midnight
Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change
A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Scientists: Ash cloud from Alaska volcano has dissipated
Scientists say an ash cloud from a remote Alaska volcano that might have gone more than 6 miles into the atmosphere has dissipated after it was tracked north over the …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
Researchers identify proteins in Zika linked to birth defects
Scientists have identified seven proteins within the deadly Zika virus that could be to blame for the birth defects linked to the pathogen.