Science

SCIENCE
04.24.14

Earth-like planet discovered deep in space

Astronomers are excited about the find. It may show we are not alone in the galaxy.

SCIENCE
04.23.14

Wake up and smell the noses

In a laboratory in Britain, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels as labs worldwide pursue the futuristic idea of growing human organs for transplant.

SCIENCE
04.21.14

Yellow submarine joins search for missing Malaysian airliner

Technicians on the Australian ship Ocean Shield will put a yellow robot submarine into the Indian Ocean Monday to search the ocean floor for the Boeing 777 jet that disappeared in March.

SCIENCE
04.17.14

Scientists worry over disappearing monarch butterfly

There are many possible reasons for the monarch's decline, scientists say. But they’re focusing now on one major one: Monarch butterflies can't survive without the milkweed.

SCIENCE
04.15.14

Some clever chimps stage escape at Kansas City Zoo

It took a branch, a wall, and a smart chimpanzee ringleader to cause a "Code Red" at the zoo.

SCIENCE
04.10.14

NASA grapples with morality in space

There has always been risk with spaceflight. But as missions get longer, just how much risk can it ask of its astronauts? NASA asked the Institute of Medicine for some advice.

SCIENCE
04.10.14

California's drought is changing the landscaping

A growing number of cities are paying homeowners to tear out their grass lawns and replace them with low-water plants more suited to the state's dry summers and mild winters.

SCIENCE
04.09.14

Explaining broader connections and the big picture

James Gates is a passionate teacher and well-known physicist. He has colorful opinions about science teaching and the need for diversity of thought.

SCIENCE
04.08.14

Tiny microbes of death nearly wiped out life on Earth, study suggests

Called the Great Dying, a mass extinction occurred at the end of the Permian Period of the Paleozoic Era. The study named a new suspect, a microbe known as Methanosarcina.

SCIENCE
04.03.14

Big rib bones hold a clue about the woolly mammoth's extinction

“We knew these were just about the last mammoths living there, so we suspected something was happening,” said a paleontologist about what the rib bones suggest.

SCIENCE
04.03.14

Panthers released into an ever shrinking wild

In South Florida, many male panthers that are sent back into their natural habitat wind up dead, mostly from disease, fighting other males over territory, and cars.

SCIENCE
04.02.14

Yale study may be barking up the right tree

Researchers are looking into how dogs pick up on social cues from humans around them. It may tell us something about childhood development.

SCIENCE
03.31.14

Getting smartphones to create 3-D indoor maps on the go

The 3-D maps app would use about the same processing power as the game Angry Birds.

SCIENCE
03.28.14

Report had warned of catastrophe at mudslide site in Washington

The report was written in 1999 and filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The hill's history is one of landslides. The unstable hillside has defied efforts to shore it up.

SCIENCE
03.28.14

Pain remains from the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years later

At the time, it was the nation's biggest oil spill. And whether Prince William Sound in Alaska has by now recovered remains a contentious issue.

SCIENCE
03.27.14

Debate takes flight over the color of winged dinosaurs

Using a chicken, a scientist ruffles a few academic feathers.

SCIENCE
03.26.14

GLIMPSE360 gives astronomers a wider glimpse at the Milky Way

A larger picture of the Milky Way is giving scientists more to study. With never-before-seen images, they are learning more about the galaxy, how it was formed and how fast it is growing.

SCIENCE
03.25.14

NASA expert endeavors to give Endeavour space shuttle a new life

Dennis Jenkins spent 30 years launching shuttles into space. Now, he's rebuilding the Endeavour shuttle to look just as it did before takeoff.

SCIENCE
03.24.14

Dangerous tsunami threat off U.S. West Coast

Scientists studied the possible effects of a huge earthquake coming from the Cascadia fault system 700 miles off the coast of northern California. They predicted massive damage.

SCIENCE
03.19.14

Beneath LA, unearthing the last great ice age

The dig is near the famed La Brea Tar Pits, where many prehistoric remains were discovered over the years.

SCIENCE
03.18.14

Surviving a rare cancer, a teen helps study it

She spearheaded a study of the liver cancer that struck her at age 12. Getting an operation is the only effective treatment. But the cancer must be caught early.

SCIENCE
03.17.14

A tale of tree rings: The rise of Genghis Khan

By studying the rings of ancient trees in Mongolia, scientists found a period of warm and wet weather. And it's no coincidence that's the time of Khan's rise to power.

SCIENCE
03.17.14

Scientists try to unravel the mystery of a butterfly's mimicry

A female Mormon butterfly can be deceptive. Its color pattern can mimic that of a poisonous butterfy, making predators leave it alone. But the males don't have this mimicry.

SCIENCE
03.14.14

On a sunny day, you may get the rainy-day blues from Facebook friends

A study suggests that social networking sites such as Facebook exert an emotional spillover effect on users. But some experts dispute this, and the debate over social contagion continues.

SCIENCE
03.13.14

Deep freeze makes Lake Superior an icy boss

People who live there have a saying: "The lake is the boss." Seems the boss has given an extended vacation to tourists this winter, thanks to freakishly cold weather.

SCIENCE
03.12.14

Worries cloud nanotechnology's silver lining of consumer products

Nano-sized silver is being put in a lot of products, like clothes, to fight germs. But critics say not enough is known about the effects this will have on human health and the ecosystem.

SCIENCE
03.11.14

Music misses the mark for some people

While music hits many in the heart, some aren't moved at all, a new study says. They get no pleasure from it.