Why It Snows So Much in the Frozen North
2013-12-21 07:14:08 UTC
When it doesn't show signs of stopping, most of us just mumble a few choice words and get out the snow shovel. Scientists, however, wonder where all that snow is coming from, particularly in pristine places like the Arctic. Raymond Shaw and his co...
China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017
2013-12-16 07:46:44 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its plan to launch its fifth lunar probe in 2017 with the aim of bringing lunar soil and rock samples to Earth was on track after a successful moon landing of another space probe over the weekend.
The Chang'e 5 ...
Iran: Second monkey sent into space
2013-12-14 11:04:22 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.
Iran's state TV said that the launch of the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in...
Geminid meteor shower ramps up Friday night
2013-12-12 09:18:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's time for the December sky show.
The annual Geminids (JEM'-i-nids) meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 10...
NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported life
2013-12-10 07:20:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.
Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet fate
2013-12-03 23:11:32 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's all up to Hubble.
NASA said Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week.
A pair of solar observatories saw ...
German scientists develop warm LED light
2013-12-02 20:07:27 UTC
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have long been used in flashlights and bicycle lights - in applications where the main goals have been brightness and battery efficiency.
Despite its efficiency and environmental friendliness, the bluish tone of LE...
Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search
2013-11-24 19:30:33 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it's still uncertain whether they are o...
Mid-Atlantic rocket launch gives East rare view
2013-11-21 06:56:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket streaked along the eastern U.S. early evening sky Tuesday in an unusual sight as NASA put a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites into orbit.
NASA and the Air Force launched the private Minotaur rocket from Wallops ...
NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity
2013-11-21 06:54:17 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem.
The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it ...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
2013-11-21 06:08:23 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 m...
NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars
2013-11-19 00:47:48 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a jo...
Scientists: Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet
2013-11-13 00:33:44 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a snow leopard — evolved in Asia and spread out.
The nearly complete skull dug up in Tibet was estimated at 4.4 million years old —...
Satellite hits Atlantic _ but what about next one?
2013-11-11 18:14:28 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time?
The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the we...
Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust
2013-11-08 20:49:06 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid.
The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibl...
Scientists expect satellite crash next week
2013-11-08 20:44:59 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties.
Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite ...
Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference
2013-11-08 20:41:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and moved out to the South China Sea:
HURRICANE? CYCLONE? TYPHOON? They're all the same, officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a storm in differe...
Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
2013-11-06 18:59:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.
Meteors about the size of the one that stre...
India launches first mission to Mars
2013-11-05 10:42:02 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.
Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars spacecraft take ...
India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip
2013-11-04 07:12:07 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth.
With a Tue...
Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
2013-11-02 21:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report ...
Steroids boost muscles for the long haul
2013-11-02 06:31:25 UTC
Experiments in mice suggest effects don’t end when doping does.
Steroids may continue to boost muscle-building capacity long after a person stops taking the drugs, a new study of mice suggests. The finding could mean that athletes who cheat by ...
Astronomers explain planets’ backward motion
2013-11-02 06:29:01 UTC
Unseen giants may be flipping orbits of Jupiter-sized worlds.
They’re hot, they’re huge and they move the wrong way. In the rapidly growing catalog of planets found outside the solar system, about a dozen Jupiter-sized ones tightly circle their...
How ticks get under your skin
2013-11-02 06:23:17 UTC
A close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
A new look at a tick’s mouthparts shows how the arachnid saws its way through skin and hangs on for up to a week. The castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus, a European species that...
Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later
2013-10-28 07:56:12 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.
Digs over the years have...