Science News
Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:51:35 -0500
NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.
Why do zebras have stripes? They make bad landing strips for flies
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:23:27 -0500
Scientists are providing new evidence to answer the longstanding question about why zebras have stripes. It appears stripes make terrible landing strips, bamboozling the fierce blood-sucking flies that try to feast on zebras and carry deadly diseases.
Israel's first moon mission set for liftoff from Florida Thursday
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:09:03 -0500
Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth's natural satellite.
The real 'Jaws': Great white shark's genetic secrets revealed
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:13:12 -0500
The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world's oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature -- right down to its genes.
Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:47:48 -0500
Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.
Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 07:35:15 -0500
In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.
NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:06 -0500
NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.
NASA bids adieu to Opportunity, the Mars rover that kept going and going
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:12:01 -0500
Opportunity, a remarkably durable NASA rover designed to roll along the surface of Mars for three months, has stopped communicating with Earth after 15 years of service, officials said on Wednesday, ending a mission that astounded the U.S. space agency.
Tanzanian 'beast' sheds light on gigantic dinosaur group
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:30:42 -0500
A relatively complete skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eater excavated from a rocky cliff above a Tanzanian river is providing insight into the early evolution of a dinosaur group that later included Earth's largest-ever land animals.
Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:36:18 -0500
Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.
University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:54:59 -0500
The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.
Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:34:59 -0500
A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals.
Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:49:49 -0500
David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition.
Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:24:40 -0500
Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo.
'Thar she blows!' Scientists use drones to monitor whale health
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:13:13 -0500
The old cry of sailors sighting a whale's waterspout is taking on new meaning as scientists turn to drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, to gather samples of the fluids exhaled by the huge mammals and track their health.
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin signs launch deal with Canada's Telesat
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 14:59:30 -0500
Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, has signed a deal with Canada's Telesat to launch part of a satellite constellation aimed at providing speedy internet access to governments and businesses globally, the companies said on Thursday.
Russian rocket glitch to delay satellite launch for U.S. startup OneWeb
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 03:11:24 -0500
The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket set to carry satellites into space for U.S startup OneWeb has been delayed after an anomaly was discovered on the rocket, company chairman Greg Wyler said on Thursday.
Siberian cave findings shed light on enigmatic extinct human species
Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:45:35 -0500
Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in a Siberian cave have provided new insight into a mysterious extinct human species that may have been more advanced than previously known.
Defect found on Russian rocket ahead of U.S. OneWeb launch: agencies
Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:23:11 -0500
A defect has been discovered on part of a Russian space rocket that is due to launch next month carrying satellites into orbit for U.S. startup OneWeb, two Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
Israel Aerospace, Germany's OHB parter in European moon mission
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:05:47 -0500
State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany's OHB System for a European Space Agency moon mission, which includes developing a lunar lander.