Science News

Subscribe to Science News feed
Science news about the environment, genetics, animals, technology, archaeology and space.
Updated: 2 hours 8 min ago

Mission to the Moon: Millions May Help Lunar Landing

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:22
Ambitious project aims to give millions a chance to be part of lunar landing.

Nearly 40 treated from California waste plant fire

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:57
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — A mysterious chemical mixture that burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility sent nearly 40 people to hospitals for decontamination and forced homes and businesses for a mile around to evacuate.

CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:06
GENEVA (AP) — Scientists at the world's largest smasher say they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe.

Wildlife groups sue over imperiled lynx's habitat

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:06
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

Early Tests Don't Find Tainted Water From Oil Boom

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:17
Experts caution results wouldn't capture spills.

Results from comet lander's experiments expected

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:11
BERLIN (AP) — A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said

Georgia developer still trying to build coal plant

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 18:30
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Deep in rural Georgia, a developer is betting he can build one of the last new coal-fired power plants in the United States as the rest of the country moves away from the fuel.

Scientists listen, wait for comet lander signals

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:26
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Space Agency says it received no signals from the Philae lander Saturday morning during a scheduled effort to establish communication.

Obama pledges $3B to help poor nations on climate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is giving $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help poorer vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and develop cleaner energy.

Alaska's most active volcano starts erupting

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:47
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations.

Camera taken to space in '60s sold for $275,000

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:41
BOSTON (AP) — The camera that "would forever change our view of Earth" from space more than a half century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000, the auctioneer says.

Latrines, sewers show varied ancient Roman diet

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:17
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists picking through latrines, sewers, cesspits and trash dumps at Pompeii and Herculaneum have found tantalizing clues to an apparently varied diet there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed those Roman cities in 79 A.D.

Mathematics great Grothendieck, 86, dies in France

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:45
PARIS (AP) — Alexander Grothendieck, an opinionated and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned accolades and supported pacifist and environmental causes, has died, the French presidency said Friday. He was 86.

Space scientist apologizes for shirt called sexist

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:31
BERLIN (AP) — British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency's Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming "we're making history."

US-China climate pact seen boosting Indian efforts

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:16
NEW DELHI (AP) — This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy.

Space agency releases 1st picture from comet

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:52
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency has released the first picture taken by its Philae probe on the surface of a comet.

Earthquake shakes parts of Kansas, Oklahoma

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:26
CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago.

Remote Nevada quakes result from stretching crust

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:41
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists say a swarm of earthquakes since July in the remote desert linking Oregon, California and Nevada can be traced to the constant stretching of the Earth's crust.

NASA's new capsule at launch pad for test flight

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:11
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Orion spacecraft is now at the launch pad for next month's test flight.

What the US-China climate deal means to the world

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:06
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's outlook for reaching a global climate deal next year brightened Wednesday as China and the U.S. — the top two polluters — presented a joint plan to reduce emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are blamed for warming the planet.