Sci/Tech

New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals

July 31, 2016 - Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world's first mass extinction was caused by "ecosystem engineers" -...

Solar eruption larger than Earth

August 1, 2016 - A gigantic ribbon of hot gas bursts upwards from the Sun, guided by a giant loop of invisible magnetism. This remarkable...

ORNL-led study analyzes electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29, 2016 - Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new...

Cancer-causing chemical in drinking water traced to fire-fighting foam

Aug. 9, 2016 - Fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation’s military bases, airports and...

High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths

Oct. 7, 2016 - Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides--including...

Sea ice hits record lows

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 6, 2016 - Unusually high air temperatures and a warm ocean have led to a record low Arctic sea ice extent...

Trouble getting to sleep? Scientists say go camping

Feb. 3, 2017 - In our modern times, many of us sit up late into the night, watching TV, fiddling with our smartphones, or...

Attacks, Crashes Underscore Need for New 911 Systems

March 24, 2017 - A recent rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save...

High-Silica ‘Halos’ Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

May 30, 2017 - Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had...

Humboldt’s Flying Squirrel: New Species Discovered Along North America’s Pacific Coast

Aug. 21, 2017 - A new flying squirrel species has been discovered along North America's Pacific coast.  A recent in-depth investigation of the animal’s DNA...

Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes

October 25, 2017 - This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms....

A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose?

Don’t panic…yet. Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr, CC BY-SA Monica Grady, The Open University January 22, 2018 - A small asteroid passed relatively close to Earth this month, having been...

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

March 26, 2018 - Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed...

Insurance Denials for New Hepatitis C Drugs Remain High Nationwide, Study Suggests

June 7, 2018 - Highly effective drugs that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection in approximately 95 percent of patients first became available in...

Demonstrated Natural Refrigerant Replacements Could Reduce Energy Costs and Conserve the Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 14, 2018  -  The 1987 Montreal Protocol and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol called for countries around the world to phase out...

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences is awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul...

Oct. 8, 2018 - The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to William D. Nordhaus “for...

U.S. must start from scratch with a new nuclear waste strategy, a Stanford-led panel...

Dec. 10, 2018 - The U.S. government has worked for decades and spent tens of billions of dollars in search of a permanent resting...

Solar energy boosted by new forecasting system

BOULDER, Colo. August 24, 2016 - A cutting edge forecasting system developed by a national team of scientists offers the potential to save the...

Study: Conservation preferred way to protect drinking water

Oct. 28, 2016  - The water crisis in Flint, Michigan put the need to protect and invest in clean drinking water front and center...

NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path (VIDEO)

Jan. 5, 2017 - On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they witness a total...