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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater

Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.


Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …


Researchers using Hanford gravitational waves lab win Nobel Prize in Physics

Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work discovering gravitational waves, bolstering Einstein’s theory of relativity.


Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.


New model confirms endangered right whales are declining

Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …


Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a …


WSU scientists exploring alternatives to dense jet fuel

A research team at Washington State University is studying a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants, according to a WSU News release.


Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching.


Earth sweltered to 3rd-hottest August, summer on record

Earth just sweated through the third hottest August and summer on record.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison

More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and …


Sarah Coefield: Amid Montana’s wildfires, I help people breathe

MISSOULA – It’s late August when I get a call from a grandmother. She lives in nearby Seeley Lake and she’s heard we have air purifiers – filters that can …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Cassini Spacecraft’s long tour comes to an end

Washington State University alumnus and professor emeritus at the University of Idaho David Atkinson talks about sentimental end of trip for the Cassini Spacecraft.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Scientists listen in on volcano’s inner workings

Scientists have been listening to Mount St. Helens for decades, and yet the rumbling volcano still holds many secrets about its subterranean activities. However, a recent experiment using a new …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:44 p.m.

NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft faces fiery finish

After a 20-year voyage, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Deniers place big wager against science

No one had trouble accepting science as authoritative last month when it predicted to the very minute a solar eclipse that darkened a great swath of America.


Editorial: Politics infecting science, public health

We applaud the winners of this year’s Lasker prizes, but can’t help but wonder how much more could be achieved if science and public health could be inoculated against politics.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.


Spectacular Cassini photo puts Earth in perspective

For a moment four years ago, the spacecraft Cassini watched Earth from 900 million miles away. The probe had ducked behind Saturn. There, shielded from the sun’s rays, the robot …


SpaceX launches Air Force’s super-secret minishuttle

SpaceX launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit.


Idaho’s Craters of the Moon designated top stargazing site

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho has been designated an International Dark Sky Park due to its exceptional stargazing.


Triceratops skull, skeleton dug up in Colorado

A dinosaur fossil has been discovered in Colorado by construction workers.


Grand Teton sees record burst of visitors during eclipse

Monday’s total solar eclipse turned out to be a record-breaking event for Grand Teton National Park.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

U.S., Canada to investigate right whales deaths

Marine authorities in the U.S. and Canada said Friday they will marshal resources to try to find out what’s behind a string of deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal

U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.


Eclipse briefly overshadows divisions

Let’s hope there will be more occasions where people set aside their politics and come together for shared experiences.


China to again have one of the world’s fastest bullet trains

After cutting back the speed of the Beijing to Shanghai bullet train following a deadly crash, China is set to again make it one of the world’s fastest.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic U.S. eclipse

Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

Ask Dr. Universe: How does water move in the ocean?

Ocean water moves in all kinds of ways. Waves curl and crash on the shore. Big conveyer belts of water, currents, flow for thousands of miles around our planet. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 3:07 p.m.

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space …


Warm Atlantic waters ‘bullish’ for hurricane season peak

Not one, but three potential storms threaten to usher in the busiest phase of the Atlantic hurricane season later this month, courtesy of warm ocean temperatures.