Stories tagged: science
Fri., April 14, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Measure seeking to define personhood dies in Senate
Montana voters won’t have to decide whether to define what a person is in the state constitution.
Fri., April 14, 2017, 5:33 a.m.
Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond Earth
A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life.
Thu., April 13, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
MRSA bacteria infected 10 infants at California hospital
Over the course of eight months, the lethal bacteria MRSA infected 10 already critically ill infants in the University of California, Irvine Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit – an …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
The oldest known relative of dinosaurs was unusual, experts say
The 245-million-year-old fossils were some of the strangest ones Sterling Nesbitt had ever seen. Their bodies looked like crocodiles – stout and muscular, with four sturdy legs. But their necks …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Small Idaho city budgets big bucks for solar eclipse
City officials in eastern Idaho say they are budgeting more than $200,000 to cover the cost of handling the onslaught of visitors, security and other amenities during the viewing of …
Mon., April 10, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
Climate change could destroy far more of the Arctic’s frozen soil than we expected
Climate change could cause another 4 million square kilometers, or about 1.5 million square miles, of permafrost to disappear with every additional degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, of warming, …
Mon., April 10, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts return to Earth
Three astronauts from the International Space Station have successfully landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan – two from Russia and one from the United States.
Thu., April 6, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Famed astronaut John Glenn laid to rest at Arlington
The flag-draped casket of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, was covered in plastic to protect it from a steady rain as it was carried on a …
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
Astronaut John Glenn to be interred at Arlington Cemetery
Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 6:27 a.m.
Japan-led research group preparing to drill down to the mantle
Aiming for the world’s first-ever direct excavation of the Earth’s mantle, an international research group led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) will conduct a preliminary …
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:26 a.m.
WSU, EWU students get support for innovative research
Students from Eastern Washington’s two public universities are scoring recognition – and funding – for research on a wide range of topics.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Alexei Abrikosov, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 88
Alexei Abrikosov, a Russian-born physicist who won the Nobel Prize for theoretical work on materials that can carry strong electric currents without resistance and are vital in science, technology and …
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
NASA spacecraft halfway between Pluto and next smaller stop
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is now halfway between Pluto and its next much, much smaller stop.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds
Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 …