October 12, 2017 RSS feed / Science

Breaking a record ... this one’s really for the birds

CORVALLIS, Ore. On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand. More...

‘All Of Us’

Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

WASHINGTON In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. More...

The big question:

Will cancer immune therapy work for me?

SAN DIEGO Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn’t do much good. More...

Facebook Problems piling up for internet giant

NEW YORK The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it’s unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users. More...

At more U.S. colleges, video gamers getting the varsity treatment

BOSTON In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they’re playing video games. More...

Self-driving boats:

The next tech transportation race

BOSTON Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years — but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. More...

SpaceX bloopers video: ‘How NOT to land an orbital rocket’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. More...

Stargazers striving for nation’s first dark sky reserve

BOISE, Idaho Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. More...

Hatchling Hospital gives turtles a second chance

SARASOTA, Fla. It takes a second for the hatchling sea turtle to register the scent of the ocean and the feel of the sand on one of the stretches of Longboat Key’s beach. More...

Science says:

Kate’s morning sickness brutal, not dangerous

LONDON   Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. More...

Car navigation technology brings new twists and turns to driving

SAN FRANCISCO   Digital maps that dodge traffic jams are saving time for millions of motorists, but they’re also turning some neighborhood streets into headache-inducing escape routes from congested highways.  More...

Private companies drive ‘new space race’ at NASA center

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, NASA says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. More...

Lyft seizes opportunity as Uber tries to outrun woes

SAN FRANCISCO When management upheaval, allegations of corporate espionage, and revelations of sexual harassment sent Uber into a public relations sinkhole, its long overshadowed rival Lyft shifted into overdrive. More...

Personalized learning

Digital technology in classrooms earns praise, causes debate

WASHINGTON In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation’s capital, he fretted t More...

e-bikes

Schwinn strives to give baby boomers ‘their freedom back’

MADISON, Wis. The Schwinn bicycles of the past were Cadillacs with names like Phantom, Tiger and Hornet. More...

Shopping by voice has its limits

NEW YORK In the name of convenience, Amazon and Walmart are pushing people to shop by just talking to a digital assistant. More...

Yellowstone’s hidden secret: Rare plant only grows in park

POWELL, Wyo.   Those seeking to see a living specimen of Yellowstone National Park’s most rare species, Yellowstone sand verbena, are sworn to secrecy. More...

Arctic voyage

6,200-mile expedition reveals global warming impact on ice, animals

VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise. “The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. More...

Science says: Lightning zapping fewer Americans, not more

WASHINGTON Lightning — once one of nature’s biggest killers — is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we’ve learned to get out of the way. More...

How to stay safe when lightning strikes

WASHINGTON   Here are some lightning safety tips from the National Weather Service.  When thunder roars ...   The safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. More...