February 19, 2018 RSS feed / Science

Meet Billy Barr

Colorado man becomes accidental apostle among climate researchers

DENVER He didn’t mean for it to happen this way. He simply wanted to be alone. More...

Facebook’s ‘fixes’

... Meaningful or just skin deep?

NEW YORK To Mark Zuckerberg, fixing Facebook means many things — protecting users from abuse, preventing elections meddling from malicious actors, weeding out fake news and “making sure time spent on Facebook is well spent.” More...

Microsoft and LinkedIn: Is their marriage working?

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft swallowed the career networking site LinkedIn. That’s long enough to start asking: Was the $27 billion deal worth it? More...

Christa McAuliffe

Schoolteacher’s lost lessons finally being taught in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. More...

E-cigarettes:

Do they help or harm? Report says not clear yet

WASHINGTON Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes. More...

Scientist finds life voyage aboard Brig Niagara

Trip ends with groundbreaking research on plastic pollution in Great Lakes

ERIE, Pa.   Sherri “Sam” Mason, 44, is a professor of chemistry and chairs the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the State University of New York in Fredonia, New York. More...

High-tech grocery

Wisconsin stores testing new technology

MADISON, Wis. At Woodman’s Market, grocery shoppers can grab a cart, fill it with food, and have a cashier ring them up — business as usual. More...

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be harmful

LONDON Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned recently based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze. More...

Hot year!

Even without El Nino, Earth keeps on warming

WASHINGTON   Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.  Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming bec More...

Show offers gadgets we don’t need — until we do

LAS VEGAS Today’s vision of a smart home has more to do with what’s technologically possible than what people really need. More...

Broadband access helps farmers stay competitive

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.   Kelly Forck works with the land. But for his business to succeed, he relies on the cloud.  Forck and other farmers rely on internet access for up-to-date information on everything from crop prices to wind patterns. More...

Analysis: Cold snap was freak of nature

WASHINGTON   Consider this cold comfort: A study of the brutal American cold snap that began around Christmas found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature.  More...

Student climbs into bald eagle nests in the name of science

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Rachel Eberius fell in love with animals and the great outdoors while growing up in Harford County. She relished the camping trips she took with her parents. She enjoyed water skiing on the Chesapeake. More...

SCIENCE FRICTION!

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, or aurora borealis, appear in the sky over Bifrost, Western Iceland. More...

Creating an ice cream flavor

It’s part of South Dakota university’s legacy

BROOKINGS, S.D. More...

Price tag on gene therapy for rare form of blindness: $850,000

WASHINGTON A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it’s still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world. More...

Students explore world of coding in new club

GIBSONVILLE, N.C. The “artist” — a tiny man with a giant pencil — needed to draw a stair step pattern. More...

Scientist eyes ‘health’ of Arctic living

FAIRBANKS, Alaska If one had any doubt that scientist Larry Duffy is a busy man, one need only look at his University of Alaska business card. More...

8th planet discovered in faraway system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number. Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google to announce the finding. More...

Some of Facebook’s early friends ... are now its sharpest critics

NEW YORK   Some of Facebook’s former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create.  More...