Stories tagged: science
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 4:31 a.m.
Researchers may have a way to predict autism, national study indicates
Measuring changes in infants’ brain growth can allow doctors to predict the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with autism in their toddler years, according to research published Wednesday by …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 7 a.m.
Study: Invasive bugs found in fallen trees years after storm
They may be down but they’re not out: Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation
A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Toppenish dairy recalls raw milk due to E. coli
A Toppenish dairy is recalling some of its organic raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors recently found E. coli bacteria in raw milk products sold by the company.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Justices: Makers have duty to warn hospitals about devices
The Washington Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it didn’t tell a jury that a manufacturer had a duty to warn the hospital about its products.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
After removing climate change information, Idaho House panel OKs new science standards
An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 8 a.m.
Trade in African lion bones for Asian market faces scrutiny
Wildlife traffickers in a major African park have been offering rewards for a full lion carcass, raising concerns that poachers are increasingly targeting a vulnerable species because of demand in …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
The cave squeaker returns: Rare frog spotted for first time in decades
Researchers in Zimbabwe say they have found a rare frog that hasn’t been seen in decades.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:38 a.m.
Oldest proteins ever have been found in a 195-million-year-old dinosaur, scientist say
The Lufengosaurus – a long-necked herbivore that walked on two feet in what is now southwestern China – has been dead for 195 million years. But scientists think a small …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Massive lava stream exploding into ocean in Hawaii
A dramatic “firehose” stream of molten lava continued to shoot out of a sea cliff Wednesday on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact. The …
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,” …