Scientists expect satellite crash next week
2013-11-08 20:44:59 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties.
Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite already has fallen to an altitude of 170 kilometer...
Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference
2013-11-08 20:41:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and moved out to the South China Sea:
HURRICANE? CYCLONE? TYPHOON? They're all the same, officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a storm in different parts of the world. Hurricane is used in the At...
Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
2013-11-06 18:59:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.
Meteors about the size of the one that streaked through the sky at 42,000 mph and burst over ...
India launches first mission to Mars
2013-11-05 10:42:02 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.
Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars spacecraft take off from the east-coast island of Shriharikota and...
India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip
2013-11-04 07:12:07 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth.
With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan, which means "M...
Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
2013-11-02 21:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Interg...
Steroids boost muscles for the long haul
2013-11-02 06:31:25 UTC
Experiments in mice suggest effects don’t end when doping does.
Steroids may continue to boost muscle-building capacity long after a person stops taking the drugs, a new study of mice suggests. The finding could mean that athletes who cheat by taking anabolic steroids should be suspended from ...
Astronomers explain planets’ backward motion
2013-11-02 06:29:01 UTC
Unseen giants may be flipping orbits of Jupiter-sized worlds.
They’re hot, they’re huge and they move the wrong way. In the rapidly growing catalog of planets found outside the solar system, about a dozen Jupiter-sized ones tightly circle their stars in the wrong direction. Now scientists have...
How ticks get under your skin
2013-11-02 06:23:17 UTC
A close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
A new look at a tick’s mouthparts shows how the arachnid saws its way through skin and hangs on for up to a week. The castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus, a European species that carries Lyme disease, faces an engineering proble...
Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later
2013-10-28 07:56:12 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.
Digs over the years have unearthed bones of mammoths, mastodons, saber-too...
Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts
2013-10-28 06:07:49 UTC
Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, erupts on Saturday. Lava spewed into the night sky over Etna's south-eastern crater and a kilometre-high ash plume was formed above the crater by sunrise. While there have been no reports of damage or evacuations in the area, ...
Most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory
2013-10-24 07:24:10 UTC
Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers.
Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano in the middle of the Pacific.
The ancient grou...
California 'sea serpents' draw gawkers
2013-10-22 06:55:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
A 14-foot oarfish washed up on a beach in the San Diego County c...
Yeti DNA: has the mystery really been solved?
2013-10-18 09:01:03 UTC
Tales of the yeti, the "Abominable Snowman" of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. Mountaineers tell of coming face-to-face with a hairy, ape-like creature that walks on two legs. There have been blurred photos and even the odd shaky home video. But no one has ever come close to iden...
Study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047
2013-10-10 20:49:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.
And eventually the whole world in 2047.
A new study on glob...
Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes
2013-10-10 20:40:48 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Here's a look at the achievements being honored by this year's Nobel Prizes, the $1.2 million awards handed out since 1901 by committees in Stockholm and Oslo:
NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
The literature prize was given to Canada's Alice Munro, hailed by the award-giving Swedi...
Americans, German-American win medicine Nobel
2013-10-07 16:53:51 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering how key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in such important activities as brain cell communication and the release of insulin.
James Rothman, 62, of Yale Uni...
Newfound biological clocks set by the moon
2013-09-28 19:34:56 UTC
The sun exerts hegemony over biological rhythms of nearly every organism on Earth. But two studies now show the moon is no slouch. It controls the cadence of at least two different biological clocks: one set by tides and the other by moonlight.
The clocks, both discovered in sea creatures, wo...
Curiosity gets the dirt on Mars
2013-09-28 19:18:57 UTC
Whiffs of chemicals found in rocket fuel, a dark pyramid that resembles rare volcanic rocks on Earth and glassy particles bearing traces of water are among the Curiosity rover’s finds in its first chemical investigation of Martian dirt.
“This is the first time we’ve known precisely and definit...
Climate panel forecast: Higher seas, temperatures
2013-09-28 06:14:15 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Top scientists have a better idea of how global warming will shape the 21st century: In a new report, they predict sea levels will be much higher than previously thought and pinpoint how dangerously hot it's likely to get.
In its most strongly worded report yet, an internation...
Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil
2013-09-27 05:20:17 UTC
Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to measurements made by Nasa's Curiosity rover.
Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains around two pints of liquid water, though t...
Arctic sea ice 6th lowest, but rebounds from 2012
2013-09-24 19:28:48 UTC
The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level, but that's much higher than last year's record low.
The ice cap at the North Pole melts in the summer and grows in winter; its general shrinking trend is a sign of global warming. The National Snow and Ice Data C...
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists
2013-09-24 19:15:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill.
They are as sure about climate change as they are about the age of the universe. They say they are more certain about climate...
Stephen Hawking on hand for UK premiere of biopic
2013-09-20 06:22:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He's famous for his brainy but accessible exploration of the cosmos in "A Brief History of Time." Now, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has his own brief history, a biopic which traces a life marked by disability and stubbornness.
Stephen Hawking was on hand Thursday for the Br...
NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air
2013-09-20 06:12:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface, scientists said Thursday.
Since landing in Ga...