Stories tagged: science
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,” …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Moscow Middle School team has a vision of future cities
DiscoverE’s Future City Competition – a national, nonprofit educational program – challenges sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to design and create cities of the future. This year’s theme is “The Power …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Bighorn sheep in Montana get health checkup
State wildlife biologists have captured 32 members of a herd of bighorn sheep that live both in Montana and Canada and given them health checkups.
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 7:11 a.m.
Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone
The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11 p.m.
Spacewalking astronauts upgrade orbiting lab’s power grid
The International Space Station’s solar power grid got three more top-of-the-line batteries Friday during the second spacewalk in a week.
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 4:50 a.m.
Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old, scientists say
It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species
The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016
With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears
As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017
Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change
A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Scientists: Ash cloud from Alaska volcano has dissipated
Scientists say an ash cloud from a remote Alaska volcano that might have gone more than 6 miles into the atmosphere has dissipated after it was tracked north over the …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
Researchers identify proteins in Zika linked to birth defects
Scientists have identified seven proteins within the deadly Zika virus that could be to blame for the birth defects linked to the pathogen.
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, 7:13 a.m.
3 earthquakes hit near Lake Tahoe, felt across region
Three earthquakes in the magnitude 5 range struck early Wednesday about 70 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, and their rumblings were felt across areas of Nevada and California. There were …
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 12:29 p.m.
OSU receives DOE grant for wave energy test facility
Oregon State University has landed a federal grant for the design, permitting and construction of an advanced wave energy test facility.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 10:43 a.m.
For 2nd day, Alaska volcano eruption sparks aviation alert
For the second straight day, the Alaska Volcano Observatory issued its highest alert level for aviation when a volcano erupted with a towering ash cloud in the Aleutian Islands.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
Volcano eruption in Aleutian Islands sparks aviation alert
The Alaska Volcano Observatory issued its highest alert level for aviation Tuesday, after a volcano erupted in the Aleutian Islands that reportedly sent ash thousands of feet into the air. …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
Kennewick Man must be returned to tribes within 90 days
The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in Washington state for …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 9:37 a.m.
North China cities choked by smog shut factories, stop cars
Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories Monday to reduce air pollution during a national “red alert.”
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 9:12 a.m.
Scientists get antimatter excited, see first light
Scientists have used a laser to tickle atoms of antimatter and make them shine, a key step toward answering one of the great riddles of the universe.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 8:36 a.m.
Portland researcher studies urban coyotes
Coyotes are a fairly common sight in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, and landowners might instinctively reach for the rifle if they see one in the …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 11:39 a.m.
John Glenn lies in honor at Ohio capitol for public goodbye
John Glenn’s home state and the nation began saying goodbye to the beloved astronaut Friday beginning with a public viewing of his flag-draped casket inside Ohio’s Statehouse rotunda.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 7:16 a.m.
NASA launches 8 mini-satellites for hurricane forecasting
NASA launched eight mini-satellites Thursday morning to measure surface wind deep in the heart of hurricanes.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 2:13 p.m.
Ancient human ancestor was one tall dude, his footprints say
He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That’s what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
Scientists are frantically copying climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump
Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in …
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 4:01 a.m.
Arctic just had its warmest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists report
The Arctic saw the warmest temperatures ever recorded in 2016, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 6:11 p.m.
New report shows why the world isn’t wiping out malaria
Despite progress toward preventing the spread of malaria, the world is moving too slowly toward elimination of the disease, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year, the …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon
The Geminids meteor shower hits its peak on Tuesday, but a full moon will outshine the celestial show this year.