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Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:46:35 -0500

Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day after next year’s presidenti....
Video shows SpaceX Starship rocket prototype exploding during testing

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:36:54 -0500

The Starship Mark 1 prototype remained upright following the explosion, but it is unclear whether the rocket can be repaired after this setback.....
Boeing’s Starliner space taxi — and Rosie the Rocketeer — meet up with their rocket

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:30:48 -0500

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi was moved to its Florida launch complex and set atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket today in preparation for next month's uncrewed test mission....
Study suggests AI’s disruptive effect on jobs will hit higher on economic and education scales

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:56:12 -0500

When experts talk about the disruptive effects of artificial intelligence, they tend to focus on low-paid laborers — but a newly published study suggests higher-paid, more highly educated workers will....
NASA says much-anticipated meteor outburst could be a bust for the West Coast

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:57:53 -0500

Skywatchers say parts of the world could see a brief, brilliant meteor outburst known as the Alpha Monocerotids on Thursday night, but NASA notes that it'll be at the wrong time for the U.S. West ....
Scientists detected the brightest light in the universe for the first time, following a mysterious explosion in space

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:00:00 -0500

Astronomers had 50 seconds to turn their telescopes toward a violent explosion in a galaxy 4 billion light-years away.....
NASA just detected water vapor on a moon of Jupiter — yet another clue that Europa's hidden ocean could hold alien life

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:15:00 -0500

Alien life could be hidden in the salty ocean below Europa's surface. An upcoming NASA spacecraft will hunt for more clues.....
How the Seattle area became a hotspot for satellite builders — and what comes next

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:23:47 -0500

Seattle may not be the best place to put a launch pad, but the region is turning into one of the most prolific satellite production centers in the United States. "How many of you know that Washin....
A handful of new telescopes are about to transform the hunt for alien life and our understanding of the universe itself

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:43:00 -0500

NASA and other space agencies are building telescopes that will study dark matter, measure the universe's expansion, and look for signs of alien life.....
NASA adds five companies, including Blue Origin and SpaceX, to moon delivery list

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:54:47 -0500

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is among five companies that have just been cleared to deliver payloads to the moon for NASA. So is Elon Musk's SpaceX, which is offering its S....
Hibernation Works for Bears. Could It Work for Us, Too?

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:17:48 -0500

There are three major seasons in the life of a bear: the active season, beginning in May; a period of intense eating, in late September, and hibernation, from January into spring.Physiologically, the ....
A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:02:01 -0500

There are fastballs, and then there are cosmic fastballs. Now it seems that the strongest arm in our galaxy might belong to a supermassive black hole that lives smack in the middle of the Milky Way.As....
SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites could make astronomy on Earth 'impossible' and create a space-junk nightmare, some scientists warn

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:31:00 -0500

SpaceX recently launched 60 Starlink satellites as part of its plan to blanket Earth in high-speed internet. But scientists foresee some problems.....
A Bay Area startup is working to make 'air meat' using protein-producing microbes discovered by NASA

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:19:00 -0500

NASA discovered that a class of microbes can turn CO2 into protein the same way plants do. The resulting powder could replace soy or pea protein.....
NASA watchdog report sharpens debate over cost of SpaceX vs. Boeing spaceships

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:06:19 -0500

Boeing is in line to get paid substantially more per seat than SpaceX for astronaut trips to the International Space Station, in part because it negotiated an increase in what was meant to be a fixed-....
More than 50% of insects have disappeared since 1970, an ecologist warns — even more evidence of an 'insect apocalypse'

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:21:00 -0500

A new report reveals that 50% or more of insects have disappeared since 1970 due to habitat loss and pesticide use.....
A troubling new study shows that legalizing marijuana is linked with an increase in problematic pot use among teens

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:38:52 -0500

Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states, and some Democratic presidential candidates have said the drug should become legal nationwide.....
SpaceX executes ground-based test firing for Crew Dragon’s launch escape system

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:22:31 -0500

SpaceX went the distance today with a static-fire test of its Crew Dragon space taxi's launch escape system — the same type of test that ended in a costly explosion when it was conducted in April.....
‘Ultima Thule’ no more: New Horizons’ space snowman is named Arrokoth

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:55:35 -0500

The snowman-shaped object that NASA's New Horizons probe flew past nearly a year ago on the solar system's icy fringe now has a Native American name: Arrokoth, a word that means "sky"....
Hurricanes on the scale of Katrina and Harvey are now 3 times more likely than a century ago: 'We cannot hope to combat storms'

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:01:00 -0500

A new study reveals that extremely damaging hurricanes are becoming more frequent relative to moderate storms, likely due to climate change.....
Mercury is traveling across the sun for the last time until 2032. Here's how to watch the rare transit.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:41:00 -0500

The Mercury transit won't appear in space again until 2032. But if you want to watch the event, don't look at the sun without protection.....
Officials believe vitamin E oil is playing a pivotal role in the outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, after 39 deaths

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:05:00 -0500

Investigators said vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found in canola, soy, and corn oil, appears to be playing a pivotal role in the spate of vaping-related lung illnesses during a call with reporters ....
When the Andromeda galaxy crashes into the Milky Way, this is what it could look like from Earth

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:57:00 -0500

The Milky Way is on track to collide with the Andromeda galaxy in about 4 billion years. NASA images reveal what the night sky might look like.....
Boeing traces problem with Starliner parachute system to an unsecured pin

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:38:48 -0500

For want of a pin, the use of a spaceship's parachute was lost. That may be a simplistic way to explain why one of the three parachutes on Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi failed to open.....
Photos from space reveal what climate change looks like, from melting Arctic ice to rampant California fires

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:53:00 -0500

Extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires are linked to climate change. Such phenomena can be seen from space.....
NASA cracks open a sample of moon soil that’s been shut away for four decades

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:39:11 -0500

For the first time in more than 40 years, NASA has opened up a pristine sample of moon dirt and rocks that was collected during the Apollo missions. Scientists hope that a close analysis of the materi....
2019’s Allen Distinguished Investigators will focus on the mysteries of our cells

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:58:39 -0500

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of Seattle's Allen Institute, is making a total of $7.5 million in awards to its latest class of five biomedical researchers. The themes for this year....
Spaceflight and Rocket Lab will put a Japanese shooting-star satellite into orbit

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:11:31 -0500

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it's handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that's designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE's spacecraft....
Boeing proposes lunar lander for NASA crews, rivaling Blue Origin (and SpaceX?)

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:26:46 -0500

Boeing says it has submitted its proposal for a lunar lander capable of putting astronauts on the moon by as early as 2024, joining a competition that includes Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin s....
Why Didn't She Get Alzheimer's? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:59:35 -0500

The woman's genetic profile showed she would develop Alzheimer's by the time she turned 50.A member of the world's largest family to suffer from Alzheimer's, she, like generations of h....
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft beamed back unprecedented data from interstellar space. It indicates a mysterious extra layer outside our solar system.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:21:00 -0500

Voyager 2 sent data about the edge of the solar system back to Earth. NASA scientists say it presents a new puzzle about what's beyond the heliopause.....
NASA is ‘thrilled’ with pad abort test for Boeing’s Starliner space taxi despite parachute glitch

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:50:07 -0500

Boeing cleared a key milestone for launching NASA astronauts on its CST-100 Starliner space taxi today by executing an end-to-end test of its rocket-powered launch abort system — a test that did what ....
Cygnus cargo ship heads to space station with satellite built by students in Seattle

Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:06:47 -0400

Northrop Grumman launched a robotic Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station today, marking one giant leap for a small satellite built by students at the University of Washington and Se....
Happy Halloween from Hubble Telescope: Otherworldly ‘eyes’ glow in ghostly galaxy

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:48:25 -0400

Now here's something really scary for Halloween: Imagine two galaxies slamming into each other and creating a monstrous wraith with ghostly glowing eyes. It's not that far of a stretch. The Hu....
Scientists track the arms race that’s playing out between bacteria in your gut

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 23:44:03 -0400

The balance of bacteria in your gut can make the difference between sickness and health — and now scientists report that different species of bacteria share immunity genes to protect themselves agains....
Thousands of animals around the world are at risk of extinction. But not jellyfish — they're thriving in warm, polluted water.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:17:00 -0400

Half a million of Earth's species may soon be vulnerable to extinction, according to the UN. Jellyfish, however, are proliferating in warmer waters.....
Allen Institute maps out a high-resolution ‘org chart’ for connections in the brain

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:00:39 -0400

Researchers at Seattle's Allen Institute say a new and improved map of the mouse brain reveals not only how different regions are connected, but how those connections are ordered in a hierarchical....
Far more people are threatened by rising seas than scientists realized, a study shows: 'The magnitude of the numbers speaks for itself'

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0400

A new study suggests that far more people could experience the consequences of coastal flooding than earlier estimates suggested.....
New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 08:11:00 -0400

In what may be a watershed moment in the fight against tuberculosis, the world's most lethal infectious disease, an experimental new vaccine has protected about half the people who got it, scienti....
First Mode joins Arizona State’s team to flesh out a plan for a marathon moon rover

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:58:56 -0400

Seattle-based First Mode is working with Arizona State University and other partners to draw up a concept for a rover that could travel more than 1,100 miles across the moon's surface over a four-....
Every person alive today descended from a woman who lived in modern-day Botswana about 200,000 years ago, a new study finds

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:38:00 -0400

Modern humans emerged in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Now, a research team has figured out where on the continent our ancestors originated.....
Lessons from 15-year rover mission: Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 23:52:40 -0400

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — For 15 years, planetary scientist Steve Squyres' life revolved around Mars, with good reason. He was the principal investigator for one of the longest-running NASA missions on....
An engineer has devised a way to stop Arctic ice from melting by scattering millions of tiny glass beads to reflect sunlight away

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:04:52 -0400

The Arctic is melting faster than ever. One nonprofit wants to blanket parts of glaciers in glass beads to reflect sunlight and slow the thaw.....
The universe is expanding faster than scientists thought, a study confirms — a 'crisis in cosmology' that could require a 'new physics'

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 08:11:00 -0400

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and new mirror technology confirmed a mystery that could lead to a "new physics," one astrophysicist said.....
A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Fire

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:15:29 -0400

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facing down 600 wildfires in the past three days alone, emergency workers rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people in Southern California on Thursday as a state utility said one....
NASA will send VIPER rover to the moon in 2022 to track down south pole’s water ice

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:35:09 -0400

NASA says it'll send a rover to the moon's south pole by the end of 2022 to answer one of the biggest questions surrounding its Artemis moon program: Just how accessible is the water ice that&....
Amazon Web Services and NASA team up to stream video from space via the cloud

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:50:24 -0400

Amazon Web Services and NASA have demonstrated how cloud-based video processing can distribute live streams from space, with a shout-out from the International Space Station. The demonstration took ce....
Why Saving the Oceans Is as Vital as Protecting Rain Forests

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:54:53 -0400

Saving the oceans is key to fighting the climate crisis, according to Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a Brooklyn-born marine biologist and activist who is a rising figure in the climate movement.Johnson, 39,....
Suborbital spacefliers will get pinned by the Association of Space Explorers

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:59:43 -0400

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Will the customers who fly on the suborbital spaceships operated by British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin get ....
The Loudest Bird in the World Has a Song Like a Pile Driver

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 08:07:46 -0400

The pressures of sexual selection have made peacocks gorgeous, wood thrushes sonorous and birds of paradise great dancers. At first glance, the white bellbird doesn't appear to have benefited simi....