Stories tagged: science
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Then and now: How glaciers around the world are melting
Over the past decade, scientists and photographers keep returning to the world’s glaciers, watching them shrink with each visit. Now they want others to see how a warming planet is …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
First on the Martian menu: spuds
If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato. Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Spacewalkers lose piece of shielding, use patch instead
Spacewalking astronauts lost an important piece of cloth shielding needed for the International Space Station on Thursday when it floated away.
Wed., March 29, 2017, 6:54 a.m.
Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year
Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 6:54 a.m.
Lead exposure alters children’s lives decades later, study indicates
Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the …
Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Hepatitis B and C can be wiped out in the U.S. by 2030; here’s how
Health experts have devised an aggressive plan to stamp out a viral disease that is fueling a sharp rise in liver cancer in the United States and killing 20,000 Americans …
Mon., March 27, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Ask Dr. Universe: Scientists are studying the brain’s reaction to time spent with animals
People who spend a lot of time with animals might tell you that something special seems to be going on here. But scientists are looking for evidence and want to …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot
Spacewalking astronauts prepped the International Space Station on Friday for a new parking spot reserved for commercial crew capsules.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer
Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet?
Thu., March 23, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Let there be light: German scientists test ‘artificial sun’
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun,” a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
The young science whiz who dazzled Obama now has schizophrenia
When Joey Hudy went to the White House in 2012, the 8th grade science whiz captivated President Barack Obama – and the world – with his large, orange marshmallow cannon.He …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree
The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten – and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Arctic sets record for low levels of sea ice
Floating sea ice at the top of the world has set another troubling record for its low spatial extent, shattering a prior record set just two years ago for this …
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 4:47 p.m.
Trump signs NASA bill aimed at landing on Mars
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA’s mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for …
Sun., March 19, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
SpaceX capsule returns space station science to Earth
A SpaceX capsule is back on Earth with a full load of space station science samples.
UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs
Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs – by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones – could be the next big thing to help …
Wed., March 15, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it
Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …
Sun., March 12, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
California scientists worry that Trump will interfere with climate data
The University of California, San Diego, may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data because of growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work.
Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Neanderthal menu: Woolly rhino in Belgium, mushrooms in Spain
Eating like a caveman meant chowing down on woolly rhinos and sheep in Belgium, but munching on mushrooms, pine nuts and moss in Spain. It all depended on where they …
Tue., March 7, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
Bacon, soda & too few nuts tied to big portion of U.S. deaths
If you’re gorging on bacon or skimping on nuts, you might want to rethink your diet. That’s according to new research that links 10 foods with deaths from heart disease, …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
World’s 1st woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, turns 80
Russia is honoring the world’s first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, on her 80th birthday.
UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 6:43 p.m.
Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash
LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
These elephants sleep only two hours a day, and scientists have no clue how they do it
Parents of infants, college students during finals season and the White House press corps should stand back in awe. A new champion non-sleeper has been crowned: Loxodontaafricana, the African elephant.
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 7:29 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Now more than ever, Idaho students need their science teachers
It’s a good thing there are science teachers in Idaho to stand between students and the designs of state lawmakers. Otherwise, they might be getting the kind of “balanced” view …
Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Greece targets the space race as well as innovative startups
Nikos Pappas, Greece’s Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, is serious about going into space.
Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Oklahoma’s earthquake threat now equals California’s due to man-made temblors
The earthquake risk for Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to remain significant in 2017, threatening 3 million people with seismic events that can produce damaging shaking, according to a …
Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:36 p.m.
Old mold from penicillin discoverer auctioned for $14,617
How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin. The nearly 90-year-old swatch of …
Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Tiny tubes in Canadian rock may be oldest known fossils
Tiny tubes and filaments in some Canadian rock appear to be the oldest known fossils, giving new support to some ideas about how life began, a new study says. The …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
South Dakota ‘alternative facts’ science bill is rejected
There’s some pretty good news in the world of science education – at least for people who care about authentic science education: An “alternative facts” science bill in South Dakota …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say
Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …