April 28, 2017 RSS feed / Science

HOWLING WIND. ICY HILLS.

It’s a really tough trek to gauge California’s snow

INDEPENDENCE, Calif. We were trudging up the side of a mountain on skis to measure California’s massive snowpack when a late blast of winter stopped us in our tracks. More...

Hydrogen fuel cell cars creep up — slowly — on electrics

DETROIT Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them. More...

Scientists seek holy grail of climate change

WADI ABDAH, Oman Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans. More...

SOLAR ECLIPSE MANIA

August happening spurs festivals, tours, sold-out hotels

Get ready for solar eclipse mania. Destinations in the path of the Aug. 21 eclipse, which will be visible in the U.S. along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, are going wild with plans for festivals, concerts and viewing parties.  More...

White House cancels meeting to decide on climate pact stance

WASHINGTON   President Donald Trump is still deliberating whether to keep the U.S. in an international agreement to reduce climatewarming carbon emissions, even though he has called climate change a hoax.  More...

Climate change

It’s pushing world into ‘uncharted territory’

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. More...

Cop technology

Hybrid car catches bad guys ... saves gas

DEARBORN, Mich.   The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid.  More...

The new trend: Saying ‘NO’ to ground balls

Josh Donaldson and Reggie Jackson stood off to the third base side of the batting cage, a pair of former American League MVPs discussing their craft in spring training. When the Blue Jays star hopped in to take his swings, Mr. More...

Using technology, China ramps up its ‘toilet revolution’

BEIJING   Fed up with the theft of toilet paper from public bathrooms, tourist authorities in China’s capital have begun using facial recognition technology to limit how much paper a person can take.  The unusual move — part of More...

Students build bridges to learning

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. Seventh grader Jacoby Yliniemi dropped a bowl of sand into the bucket being held up by his group’s toothpick bridge, bit his lip and then relaxed. The bridge was safe. At least for a second. More...

Bad breath:

Study reveals array of bacteria when orcas exhale

SEATTLE When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its breath, scientists said, some good, and some bad such as salmonella. More...

Blind chemist strives to help others

MINNEAPOLIS When she was 6 or 7, Mona Minkara’s eyesight began to fade. More...

Want to live past age of 100?

Centenarians share secrets of knee bends, nips of scotch

Gertrude Siegel is 101 and hears it all the time. “Everyone says ‘I want to be just like you.’ I tell them to get in line,” she said. More...

WHERE’S THE LINE?

Several theme parks rushing to eliminate them

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ELECTRIC SPEED

A PROTOTYPE of a new electric motorcycle by the Italian Volt company is displayed during its official presentation in Milan, Italy, earlier this month. More...

Deep sea life faces very dark future

The deep ocean and the creatures that live there are facing a desperate future due to food shortages and changing temperatures, according to research exploring the impact of climate change and human activity on the world’s seas. More...

Drone technology down on the farm

ROCHESTER, Ind. It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. More...

Agricultural research focuses on bananas

PEORIA, Ill. An environmentally friendly process to extract and separate some of the most valuable components of common crops is expanding worldwide after more than a decade of development in Peoria. More...

CAVEMAN MENU:

Woolly rhino in Belgium, mushrooms in Spain

WASHINGTON Eating like a caveman meant chowing down on woolly rhinos and sheep in Belgium, but munching on mushrooms, pine nuts and moss in Spain. It all depended on where they lived, new research shows. More...

From grave to lab ... throwing science, passion at cold cases

TAMPA, Fla. Dr. Erin Kimmerle stands at the head of an open, watery grave and peers down. It’s a sweltering fall day in Tampa, and here’s what she knows about what’s below: It’s the grave of a murder victim. More...