Stories tagged: science
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, 5:02 P.M.
Carbon dioxide levels jump by record amount due to El Nino
Measurements show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, 12:34 P.M.
Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh
Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, 12:16 P.M.
Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana
A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 11:09 A.M.
Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record
Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 4:34 P.M.
Exercising drives down risk for 13 cancers, research shows
In addition to protecting hearts, preserving memory and lifting moods, exercise is a powerful cancer-preventive, says new research.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 3:17 P.M.
International Space Station makes 100,000th orbit of Earth
It’s 100,000 laps around Earth and counting for the International Space Station. The space station reached the orbital milestone – 17
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016, 6:45 A.M.
Space dust from 2.7 billion years ago holds surprise
Each year, more than 3,000 tons of space dust fails to burn up in our planet’s atmosphere and falls instead to Earth’s surface. These micrometeorites are just a few microns …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline
Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 9:40 A.M.
Study asks: Too much folic acid a cause of autism?
For decades, pregnant women have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. But a new study suggests very high levels of the vitamin in mothers’ …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 9:08 P.M.
SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with precious science load
A SpaceX capsule returned to Earth on Wednesday with precious science samples from NASA’s one-year space station resident.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 9:55 A.M.
South African rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction
A year ago, a South African rhino survived a horrific attack by poachers who hacked off her horns and part of her face. This month, the rhino dubbed Hope is …
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 4 P.M.
NASA’s official exoplanet count more than doubles
The Milky Way just got a lot more crowded – with planets. NASA on Tuesday announced 1,284 new planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, called exoplanets.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 12:20 P.M.
Utah fetal pain law takes effect, but doctors unsure how to comply
Utah’s first-in-the-nation requirement that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before some abortions takes effect Tuesday, but doctors say it’s unnecessary and impossible to comply with.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 5 A.M.
Mount St. Helens eruption not expected soon despite series of quakes
An ongoing swarm of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens doesn’t mean the volcano is likely to erupt soon, but scientists are studying the tiny quakes to see what they reveal …
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016, 4:27 P.M.
Study links diet soda to childhood overweight
Could diet soda be fueling the rise of childhood obesity? A new study of more than 3,000 Canadian children and their mothers finds a strong link between the amount of …
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016, 9:03 A.M.
Age, gender and nationality affect how much sleep you get, study finds
What constitutes a “normal” night’s sleep? That all depends, says Danny Forger, a biological mathematician at the University of Michigan and an expert in circadian clocks.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 2:25 P.M.
SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch
For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications …
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 5:03 A.M.
Mercury to make rare transit of sun on Monday
Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 6:38 A.M.
Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say
Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 5:26 A.M.
Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques
New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 4:58 A.M.
San Andreas Fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big quake, expert says
Southern California’s section of the San Andreas Fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 12:05 P.M.
Boiling water may have carved mysterious streaks on Mars, study finds
Those mysterious dark lines that grow and fade on some of the Red Planet’s slopes might not have all been caused by water flowing on the surface, but violently boiling …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 9:58 A.M.
Solar plane arrives in Arizona on latest leg of global trip
An airplane powered only by sunlight has arrived in a Phoenix suburb after completing the latest leg of its global trip.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:02 P.M.
One-third of autistic youngsters wander from safe places, study finds
MELVILLE, N.Y. – More than one-third of children and teenagers with autism wandered away from safe environments within the past 12 months, according to a Long Island doctor who can’t …
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:01 P.M.
Drinking coffee and wine good for microbes in the gut, scientists say
Scientists have some great news for those who love coffee, tea and wine: Drinking any of these beverages is associated with a healthier and more diverse community of microbes living …
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 10:47 A.M.
Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider
Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 8:02 A.M.
Dakota oilfield wastewater spills release toxins, scientists say
Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 7:23 A.M.
SpaceX to launch Mars mission as soon as 2018
Elon Musk has finally put a date on SpaceX’s longstanding goal of going to Mars. SpaceX tweeted Wednesday that it is planning to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 5:27 A.M.
Long after brain trauma, sleep problems persist, study shows
At least 18 months after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, first-time concussion victims continue to need more sleep and to suffer more daytime sleepiness than do healthy people, says new …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 4:37 P.M.
Iran nuclear deal dispute blocks spending bill
Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate’s first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans …