December 12, 2017 RSS feed / Science

Tesla driving to electrify big trucks

DETROIT After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. More...

Warming to make t-storms much larger, more frequent

WASHINGTON Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says. More...

Texan with eyesight issues hopes gene therapy helps

DALLAS   When he was 9, Mason Two Crow learned he could be legally blind before he turned 18. A few years later, his doctors told him something else: Researchers were working on a treatment that could save his vision. More...

20 years of changing seasons on Earth packed into 2 1/2 minutes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.   NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet.  The data visualization, recently released, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.  More...

Toxic algae

It still flourishes despite vast sums of money spent to prevent it

MONROE, Mich. Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. More...

Stellar encore:

Dying star keeps coming back big time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Death definitely becomes this star. Astronomers recently reported on a massive, distant star that exploded in 2014 — and also, apparently back in 1954. More...

The AP Explains:

Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. More...

Carmakers joining forces in Europe to speed up electrics

FRANKFURT, Germany A group of major automakers plans to open hundreds of fast-charging stations for electric cars in Europe in coming years and use a common plug technology in what they hope will be a big step toward mass acceptance of battery-powere More...

Ryder adding 125 electric vans to fleet

DETROIT   Truck rental company Ryder Systems Inc. More...

Braille literacy

Technology seeking to preserve fading skill

BOSTON For nearly a century, the National Braille Press has churned out millions of pages of Braille books and magazines a year, providing a window on the world for generations of blind people. More...

Demand for computer specialists is growing

ALBANY, Minn.   Not long ago, “smart” was only used to describe new cellphone technology.  More...

New York advances drone industry with testing corridor

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Waah!

Crying babies push same ‘buttons’ in moms’ brains

NEW YORK   Crying babies push the same “buttons” in their mothers’ brains no matter what their culture, a new study suggests.  The research found that mothers in 11 countries tend to react the same way to their bawling chi More...

Slow flow of human immigration doomed Neanderthals?

NEW YORK   What killed off the Neanderthals? More...

Doctors report:

Global warming is taking a toll on people’s health

WASHINGTON Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts sa More...

It’s academic:

Climate change, sea level rise ... topics in every profession

OCALA, Fla. These already are hot topics in higher ed. And not just in the disciplines you might expect. More...

Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to loosen up?

NEW YORK   Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of “screen time.” And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon’s Echo speaker, the message is getting louder.  And while plenty of More...

Delivery by drone:

Switzerland testing the system in populated areas with pilot project

ZOLLIKON, Switzerland Drones will help deliver toothbrushes, deodorant and smartphones to Swiss homes this fall as part of a pilot project, the first of its kind over a densely populated area. More...

Farmer uses technology to improve water usage

LIVINGSTON, Mont.   Paradise Valley, meet Silicon Valley.  More...

‘STEMified’ classes get kids ready for future

ST. CLOUD, Minn. How do you teach a child to code? How do you get a student just learning simple math to understand programming that often requires algebra skills? More...