Science News
NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun's scorching atmosphere
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:45:15 -0400
NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind.
Deep reefs won't be 'twilight zone' refuge for fish, corals: study
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:12:12 -0400
Deep coral reefs in a "twilight zone" in the oceans differ sharply from those near the surface, dimming hopes that they can be a refuge for marine life fleeing threats such as climate change and pollution, scientists said on Thursday.
Mystery Egypt sarcophagus found not to house Alexander the Great's remains
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:40:49 -0400
Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday dashed local hopes that a newly discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead the mummies of what appeared to be a family of three.
Bones of prehistoric creatures discovered in Crimean cave
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:54 -0400
Scientists in Crimea are poring over a mass of preserved animal bones dating back half a million years after workmen discovered a sprawling underground cave during the construction of a motorway.
Spiky Utah dinosaur had more than 'a face only a mother could love'
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:32:42 -0400
With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face.
New forensic tests suggest Shroud of Turin is fake
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:55:30 -0400
A new high-tech forensic study of the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth, is the latest analysis to suggest that it is most likely a mediaeval fake.
Mixed feelings for Belgium as they are feted by fans
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:27:26 -0400
(This July 15 story corrects to say "Euro 2020" instead of "Euro 2022" in the last paragraph.)
Ten newly found moons of Jupiter include a 'wrong-way driver'
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:22:10 -0400
Astronomers on Tuesday announced the discovery of 10 more moons of Jupiter, bringing to 79 the number known to be circling the giant gas planet, including one "wrong-way driver" that appears destined to crash into other moons sharing its orbital highway.
World's oldest bread found at prehistoric site in Jordan
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:21:01 -0400
Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.
NASA commercial crew program for space station faces delays, report says
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:28:50 -0400
(This July 11 story in the final paragraph corrects the time period of launches, how far in advance seats are booked on Soyuz spacecraft and the number of launchpads in Kazakhstan.)
Scientists peer into heart of hurricanes to improve intensity forecast
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 10:02:25 -0400
Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity.
Revived Pacquiao stuns Matthysse to claim welterweight crown
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:36:12 -0400
Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
South Africa's MeerKAT to help unlock mysteries of universe
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:19:56 -0400
A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday, when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon.
Exclusive: Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides - sources
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:38:14 -0400
Jeff Bezos' rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.
Ghostly particles give scientists new understanding of universe
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:17:50 -0400
A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos.
New Zealand's Rocket Lab to open second launch pad in United States
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:31:54 -0400
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.
Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:29:42 -0400
An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013.
Fossils of early giant dinosaur discovered in Argentina
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:38:14 -0400
Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and long tail that was a forerunner of the largest land animals of all time.
Scientists defy 'force of nature' to unlock secrets of Hawaii volcano
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 11:48:10 -0400
Dressed in heavy cotton, a helmet and respirator, Jessica Ball worked the night shift monitoring "fissure 8," which has been spewing fountains of lava as high as a 15-story building from a slope on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.
Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:12:23 -0400
Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species.