Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts
2013-10-28 06:07:49 UTC
Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, erupts on Saturday. Lava spewed into the night sky over Etna's south-eastern crater and a kilometre-high ash plume was formed above the crater by sunrise. While there have been...
Most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory
2013-10-24 07:24:10 UTC
Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers.
Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano...
California 'sea serpents' draw gawkers
2013-10-22 06:55:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
A 14-foot oarf...
Yeti DNA: has the mystery really been solved?
2013-10-18 09:01:03 UTC
Tales of the yeti, the "Abominable Snowman" of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. Mountaineers tell of coming face-to-face with a hairy, ape-like creature that walks on two legs. There have been blurred photos and even the odd shaky ...
Study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047
2013-10-10 20:49:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.
Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes
2013-10-10 20:40:48 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Here's a look at the achievements being honored by this year's Nobel Prizes, the $1.2 million awards handed out since 1901 by committees in Stockholm and Oslo:
NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
The literature prize was given to Cana...
Americans, German-American win medicine Nobel
2013-10-07 16:53:51 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering how key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in such important activities as brain cell communication and the rel...
Newfound biological clocks set by the moon
2013-09-28 19:34:56 UTC
The sun exerts hegemony over biological rhythms of nearly every organism on Earth. But two studies now show the moon is no slouch. It controls the cadence of at least two different biological clocks: one set by tides and the other by moonlight.
Curiosity gets the dirt on Mars
2013-09-28 19:18:57 UTC
Whiffs of chemicals found in rocket fuel, a dark pyramid that resembles rare volcanic rocks on Earth and glassy particles bearing traces of water are among the Curiosity rover’s finds in its first chemical investigation of Martian dirt.
Climate panel forecast: Higher seas, temperatures
2013-09-28 06:14:15 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Top scientists have a better idea of how global warming will shape the 21st century: In a new report, they predict sea levels will be much higher than previously thought and pinpoint how dangerously hot it's likely to get.
Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil
2013-09-27 05:20:17 UTC
Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to measurements made by Nasa's Curiosity rover.
Each cubic foot of Martian soil c...
Arctic sea ice 6th lowest, but rebounds from 2012
2013-09-24 19:28:48 UTC
The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level, but that's much higher than last year's record low.
The ice cap at the North Pole melts in the summer and grows in winter; its general shrinking trend is a sign o...
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists
2013-09-24 19:15:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill.
They are as sure about climate change as they are about the age of the univ...
Stephen Hawking on hand for UK premiere of biopic
2013-09-20 06:22:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He's famous for his brainy but accessible exploration of the cosmos in "A Brief History of Time." Now, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has his own brief history, a biopic which traces a life marked by disability and stubbornness.
NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air
2013-09-20 06:12:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface...
Does gold come from outer space?
2013-09-20 05:26:41 UTC
The idea that gold came from outer space sounds like science fiction, but it has become well-established - it's pretty much received opinion in the field of earth sciences. How did this bizarre theory take hold, and is it here to stay?
For the ...
Va. company about to make first space station run
2013-09-17 20:28:24 UTC
A Virginia company is all set to make its first-ever supply run to the International Space Station.
On the eve of its premiere rendezvous mission, Orbital Sciences Corp. said everything looked good for Wednesday's launch from Virginia's Eastern...
Understanding the Universe’s invisible elements
2013-09-13 00:29:14 UTC
Most of the Universe is invisible. Understanding these unseeable elements can be an important step in working out how the entire Universe works.
Charles Alcock, the director of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says the Solar Sys...
NASA: Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system
2013-09-12 23:21:48 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before.
Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now ...
Szechuan pepper taps at nerve fibers
2013-09-11 19:59:47 UTC
As many Asian chefs know, a dash of Szechuan peppers delivers a lip-rattling experience. This fizzy, tingly sensation comes courtesy of specialized nerve fibers that detect physical vibrations, a new study suggests.
Szechuan peppers aren’t spic...
Vaccine stops deadly sand-fly-spread scourge in animal test
2013-09-11 19:56:29 UTC
A lethal parasite appears susceptible to an experimental vaccine that seizes upon the scourge’s apparatus for invading cells.
Researchers prompted animals’ immune systems to destroy Leishmania protozoa by inducing mass-production of the very pr...
A gut infection can keep mice lean
2013-09-07 23:45:45 UTC
Skinniness could be contagious. Gut bacteria from thin people can invade the intestines of mice carrying microbes from obese people. And these invaders can keep mice from getting tubby, researchers report in the Sept. 6 Science.
“It’s very surp...
World's largest volcano lurks beneath Pacific Ocean
2013-09-09 06:44:25 UTC
A team writing in the journal Nature Geoscience says the 310,000 sq km (119,000 sq mi) Tamu Massif is comparable in size to Mars' vast Olympus Mons volcano - the largest in the Solar System.
The structure topples the previous largest on Earth, ...
NASA launching robotic explorer to moon from Va.
2013-09-06 18:51:35 UTC
NASA is poised to return to the moon.
An unmanned rocket is scheduled to blast off late Friday night from Virginia with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust. Called LADEE (LA'-dee), the moon-orbiting craft will measu...
Tiny human almost-brains made in lab
2013-09-01 07:53:22 UTC
Largely left to their own devices, human stem cells knitted themselves into tissue with a multitude of brain structures and specialized cadres of neurons in a form reminiscent of the brain of a nine-week-old fetus, scientists report August 28 in N...