Stories tagged: science
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 …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
NASA returns priceless bag of moon dust to Chicago-area woman after suit
A priceless bag of moon dust collected during the Apollo 11 mission has been returned to a Chicago-area woman after she won a landmark legal victory against NASA. NASA officials …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 4:58 a.m.
Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?
After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
The dirty dozen: U.N. issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria
The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:44 a.m.
Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:25 p.m.
Environmental chief promises swift rollback of Obama-era rules
U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt unveiled plans to roll back at least three Obama-era rules at the EPA while vowing to give businesses “regulatory certainty.”
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 6:26 a.m.
‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse occurs Sunday morning – here’s how to watch
This Sunday morning, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, there will be an annular solar eclipse. This eclipse’s path stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic and …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 8:40 a.m.
SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late
SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day. Everything went smoothly the …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star
A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.
Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
An unmanned Russian cargo ship lifted off successfully Wednesday on a supply mission to the International Space Station.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 6 a.m.
Billings high school grads help Microsoft reshape reality
Microsoft plans to unveil its next-generation three-dimensional experience sometime this year, and two Billings high school graduates left their mark on the project.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 8 a.m.
Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean
Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is a sight not seen in this region since 1979
Crowds are likely to flock to the path of totality during the solar eclipse on the morning of Aug. 21.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war – but no one is ready to deal with it
A genetically engineered virus is easier to make and could kill more people than nuclear weapons – and yet no country on Earth is ready for the threat, Bill Gates …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal, study finds
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:04 a.m.
Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says
A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …
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 …