Science News

Subscribe to Science News feed
Science news about the environment, genetics, animals, technology, archaeology and space.
Updated: 1 hour 10 min ago

Solar plane pilots: Rapid climb, descent stressed batteries

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 00:19
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — The pilots of a grounded solar-powered plane say they put too much stress on the batteries of their aircraft as they were leaving Japan for a five-day record-breaking flight to Hawaii.

Man behind shark rescue credits quick-thinking beachgoers

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 13:14
BOSTON (AP) — The man who led the rescue of a great white shark stranded on a Cape Cod beach credits beachgoers for playing a key role.

Atomic bomb test marks 70th birthday amid renewed interest

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:11
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The 70th anniversary of the U.S. government's test of the first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of New Mexico desert comes amid renewed interest in the secret World War II project, thanks to new books and a television drama series.

Watch pets around wildlife as attacks rise in summer

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn't let their size disparity stop them from dueling.

Q&A: The ongoing struggle to build a giant Hawaii telescope

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:59
HONOLULU (AP) — For months, protesters have held up construction of a $1.4 billion telescope atop a mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii. The state imposed emergency rules making it challenging for opponents to continue their actions, which they say are meant to prevent the desecration of land held sacred by many Native Hawaiians. Officials restricted nighttime access to Mauna Kea, threatened hefty fines against a company that provided portable toilets for protesters camping on the mountain and banned camping gear on the mountain. Here are questions and answers in the ongoing struggle to build the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Study: Early clue to why some children may have reading woes

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read — and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it's noisy.

CERN scientists claim discovery of new particles

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:25
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher say they have discovered a new kind of particle called "pentaquarks."

Road to top of mountain, site of disputed telescope, reopens

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 18:40
HONOLULU (AP) — The road to the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island has been reopened.

Honeybees moved from exterior of 11th floor of Austin hotel

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 11:10
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some honeybees have a penthouse view from an Austin hotel after their hive was moved from outside the 11th floor to the top of the building.

Astronomer's ashes nearing icy world he discovered: Pluto

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 08:07
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Come Tuesday, Clyde Tombaugh will pass within 7,800 miles of the icy world he discovered 85 years ago.

It's showtime for Pluto; prepare to be amazed by NASA flyby

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 08:06
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto is about to reveal itself. So Earthlings, sit back and enjoy the show.

India officials say recent floods killed 10 endangered lions

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 22:16
NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials say monsoon flooding that killed dozens of people in western India last month also hurt the world's last population of wild Asiatic lions.

Hawaii limits access to Mauna Kea amid telescope protests

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 01:45
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have voted to impose an emergency rule to restrict access to Mauna Kea after protesters blocked construction of a giant telescope.

As habitats vanish, migratory birds flock to N. Korea shores

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 22:11
TOKYO (AP) — To the untrained eye, it's just a lot of birds on an otherwise deserted stretch of muddy, flat coastline. But for ornithologists, North Korea's west coast is a little piece of paradise each spring — and both the birds and a dedicated group of birdwatchers travel a long way to get there.

Logs detail bad behavior by some Hawaii telescope protesters

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 13:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's land board on Friday will consider an emergency rule restricting access to Mauna Kea that officials say is necessary partly because a handful of protesters have threatened and harassed others.

California beach to reopen 2 months after oil spill

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:43
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A California beach fouled by oil will reopen to swimmers and campers two months after a pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of gallons of crude along the coast.

After 2 weeks of silence, Philae comet lander back in touch

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 04:40
BERLIN (AP) — The Philae space probe that landed on a comet last year has made contact with Earth for the first time in more than two weeks.

House bill would speed drug approvals, boost research

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 23:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill to speed federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boost biomedical research.

Female Grevy's zebra born at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 14:56
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A newborn female Grevy's zebra is now on display with its mother at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.

Minnesota boy who got brain infection after swimming dies

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 13:47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 14-year-old boy who developed a rare brain infection after swimming in a Minnesota lake died Thursday, his family said in a statement as health officials worked to determine whether it was caused by a water parasite that's more common in warmer southern states.