Science Journals

  • SpaceX rocket launch aborted in last half-second
    2012-05-19 17:22:43 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground Saturday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight. All nine engines for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Saturday morning. But with a mere half-second remaining before l...
  • Commercial rocket will fly to the space station
    2012-05-17 20:21:45 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program. If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astrona...
  • April 2012 heats up as 5th warmest month globally
    2012-05-15 17:35:44 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, federal weather statistics show. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center calculated that April's average temperature of 57.9 degrees (14.4 degrees Celsius) was nearly 1.2 degrees (0.7 d...
  • Three-man Soyuz crew departs for space station
    2012-05-15 05:06:32 UTC

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A three-man crew blasted off from a space center in southern Kazakhstan on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a half-year stay at the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin set off from the Baikonur facility as scheduled Tuesday at ...
  • Maya wall calendar discovered
    2012-05-11 21:16:20 UTC

    Science News - Astronomical tables dating to the golden age of Maya civilization have unexpectedly come to light on the walls of a roughly 1,200-year-old room in Guatemala. Hieroglyphs and numbers painted on the stucco walls of a structure built during the Classic Maya civilization record cycles of the moon, and possibly Mars, Venus...
  • More than one way to explode a star
    2012-05-11 21:19:48 UTC

    Science News - New observations confirm two leading theories of type 1a supernova production There are two ways to light a cosmic candle. One technique calls for two white dwarf stars; another positions a white dwarf near a larger stellar companion. Both combinations produce type 1a supernovas (pictured here), massive stellar explos...
  • Supermoon glows around the globe
    2012-05-07 06:58:13 UTC

    It may have been only an optical illusion, but what a sight. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night and glowed around the world. In Brazil it illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behind a shanty town. In Florida, fishermen worked their lines amid the moonlight in Bal Harbo...
  • Look! Up in the sky! It's Supermoon! Due Saturday
    2012-05-05 06:52:02 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrives Saturday night as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual. But don't expect any "must-have-been-a-full-moon" spike in crime or crazy behavior. That's just folklore. Saturday's event is a "supermoon," the closest and therefore the biggest and ...
  • First of 2 papers on lab-made bird flu published
    2012-05-03 19:42:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four months ago the U.S. government sought to block publication of two studies about how scientists created an easily spread form of bird flu. Now a revised version of one paper is seeing the light of day with the government's blessing. The revision appears online Wednesday in the journal Nature. It's the near-con...
  • Greenland losing ice fast, but not runaway pace
    2012-05-03 19:36:17 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Greenland's glaciers are hemorrhaging ice at an increasingly faster rate but not at the breakneck pace that scientists once feared, a new study says. The loss of ice from the glaciers that cover the island is about 30 percent faster than it was a decade ago, researchers said. That means Greenland's contribution to ...
  • Scientists to use blimp to look for meteorites
    2012-05-03 19:21:59 UTC

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of scientists will board a blimp to search for meteorites that rained over California's gold country last month. The researchers from NASA and the SETI Institute plan to depart from a Sacramento airfield sometime Thursday. From the air, they hope to spot sites where large fragments fell and follow u...
  • 1st private cargo run to space station delayed
    2012-05-02 19:28:06 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first commercial cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed again for more software testing. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, was aiming for a Monday liftoff of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule. But on Wednesday, the California-based company announce...
  • Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
    2012-05-01 01:42:15 UTC

    A group of 23 scientists from across the globe have called for a drastic rethink on consumption to fight poverty as global population rises. They say incentives and regulation are needed to achieve a balance. Levels of consumption between developing and developed nations must be rebalanced to fight absolute poverty, which affects arou...
  • Wind Farms Warm the Night
    2012-04-30 05:49:52 UTC

    Large wind farms can substantially influence local climate, most notably by boosting nighttime temperatures, a new study suggests. Utilizing the same analytical techniques used to discern temperature trends in urban heat islands, researchers scrutinized satellite images of a 10,000-square-kilometer area of west-central Texas, home to f...
  • Ohio man's fossil find in Kentucky stumps experts
    2012-04-28 05:23:10 UTC

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed "Godzillus" used to be. The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying to determine whether it was an animal, m...
  • Meteorites found in Calif. along path of fireball
    2012-04-28 05:19:12 UTC

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Robert Ward has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, so he knew he'd found something special in the Sierra foothills along the path of a flaming fireball that shook parts of Northern California and Nevada with a sonic boom over the weekend. And scientists have confirmed his suspicions: it'...
  • Study: Antarctic ice melting from warm water below
    2012-04-28 05:12:06 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Antarctica's massive ice shelves are shrinking because they are being eaten away from below by warm water, a new study finds. That suggests that future sea levels could rise faster than many scientists have been predicting. The western chunk of Antarctica is losing 23 feet of its floating ice sheet each year. Until...
  • Study: Ancient migrants spread farming in Europe
    2012-04-28 05:03:03 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of years ago, farming spread across Europe and replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of early inhabitants. Now a study of ancient DNA says that trend was driven by farmers moving from place to place. Scientists have long debated how farming expanded across Europe. Did farmers migrate? Did the idea of farmi...
  • Student researcher spies odd lava spirals on Mars
    2012-04-28 04:59:02 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A researcher has spotted lava flows shaped like coils of rope near the equator of Mars, the first time such geologic features have been discovered outside of Earth. These twisty volcanic patterns can be found on Hawaii's Big Island and in the Pacific seafloor on our planet. While evidence for lava flows is present...
  • Ohio man's fossil find in Kentucky stumps experts
    2012-04-25 18:21:03 UTC

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed "Godzillus" used to be. The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying to determine whether it was an animal, m...
  • Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot
    2012-04-24 16:00:55 UTC

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars. Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they invo...
  • London Olympic laboratory declared ready by WADA
    2012-04-23 19:12:39 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — The laboratory that will test athletes for drugs at the London Olympics has been declared ready by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The lab at King's College London Drug Control Center was accredited by WADA on Monday following a two-year testing program that examined the lab's equipment, staff and procedures. Official...
  • Adobe to launch new software suite for designers
    2012-04-23 13:41:17 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is launching the latest version of its software package for designers and Web developers. Adobe Systems Inc. is set to announce CS6 on Monday at an event in San Francisco. Creative Suite 6 includes Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs aimed at designers. Unlike previous versions, which came shrink-wrapp...
  • UK abortion provider under threat from hackers
    2012-04-20 06:11:37 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's largest abortion provider said Thursday that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen. Last week a judge jailed a computer hacker for breaking into the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service a...
  • How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?
    2020-12-28 19:18:56 UTC

    How much vitamin D do you need to ensure strong, healthy bones? Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer. “It’s incredibly controversial,” says Neil Binkley, MD, a UW Health geriatrician and internationally recognized researcher who leads the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program. “The experts in the field are quite polarized. ...