Stories tagged: science
Mon., May 22, 2017, 10:20 a.m.
NASA orders up urgent spacewalking repairs at space station
NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is starting to turn green
Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair
Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 5:42 a.m.
All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. U.S. could be the third.
One of Donald Trump’s prominent campaign promises – to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 U.N. accord that aims to combat climate change – may soon become …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
NASA nixes crew for test flight of new megarocket in 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new megarocket will launch without astronauts on its test flight, now delayed until 2019 because of technical challenges, the space agency’s top leaders said Friday. …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Startup targets the TI calculators your kid lugs to class
Silicon Valley startup Desmos Inc. is going after one of the oldest names in technology, Texas Instruments Inc., in an area not normally associated with cutting-edge innovation: handheld calculators.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
What’s holding back self-driving cars? Human drivers
In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Oregon county voting whether to block liquefied natural gas project
Voters in Oregon’s Coos County are considering a May ballot measure that would block the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 5:50 a.m.
Lawmakers demand more info on VA dog experiments
Members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for more information about the department’s experiments on dogs.
Tue., May 9, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
Scientists in South Africa reveal more on human-like species
A species belonging to the human family tree whose remnants were first discovered in a South African cave in 2013 lived several hundred thousand years ago, indicating that the creature …
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
Huge sinkholes are now appearing in unexpected places
Huge sinkholes that opened last week on streets in New York City, suburban Atlanta and San Francisco exemplify a phenomenon that is prompting growing alarm across the U.S.
Mon., May 8, 2017, 9:17 a.m.
Vatican celebrates big bang to dispel faith-science conflict
The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds.
Mon., May 8, 2017
Ask Dr. Universe: Planets have different shapes and insides
Dear Dr. Universe: What do planets have inside? – Rhianna, 10, California Dear Rhianna,
UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:28 p.m.
Researchers seek better ways to farm sablefish, a popular Pacific fish
At a federal marine research station near Seattle, scientists are studying sablefish genetics and investigating ways to make it easier and more efficient to commercially grow the fish.
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Strawberry scientist is sued over the fruits of his research
Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Gray platter: Stanford team grows brain in a dish
Stanford scientists have grown and assembled parts of a human brain in a dish.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 11:06 a.m.
King County voters to decide arts sales tax in August
King County voters will decide in August whether to raise the county sales tax to pay for arts, culture and science programs.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 6 a.m.
WSU researchers create atoms with negative mass in hopes of aiding nuclear fission
Physicists at Washington State University have created atoms that temporarily have negative mass, a discovery meaning they accelerate backward when pushed forward.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
Astronomers plan to play hooky during August eclipse
The total solar eclipse that will pass over Central Oregon in August is a big enough deal that the staff at Pine Mountain Observatory will be playing hooky for the …
Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it.
Thu., April 27, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Locals to march for the planet
As the People’s Climate Movement gets underway Saturday in Washington, D.C., hundreds locally are expected to march across Moscow as part of the Lori Batina Memorial Climate March.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 7:19 a.m.
Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says
A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought – more than 100,000 years ago – and maybe they were Neanderthals.
Wed., April 26, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Scientists keep increasing their projections for how much the oceans will rise this century
A report by a leading research body monitoring the Arctic has found that previous projections of global sea level rise for the end of the century could be too low, …
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Trump orders review of national monuments
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres in …
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has ventured into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
Trump calls U.S. astronaut who broke record for time in space
President Donald Trump made a very long distance phone call to the International Space Station, to congratulate its commander on breaking the record for the most time spent in space …
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Scientists and supporters rally at Spokane’s Riverfront Park
The speeches had only just begun, but the field in front of the clock tower was crowded with thousands of people when the Spokane March for Science got underway Saturday …
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9 p.m.
Advocates fan out in global show of support for science
From the Washington Monument to Germany’s Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates rallied on an often soggy Earth Day, conveying a global message about scientific …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows
Decades’ worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth’s orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications.