Science News

New Horizons space probe suffers glitch on approach to Pluto


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto.


Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record 04 Jul 2015

- A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. | Video


Russian cargo ship heads to space station, breaking string of failures 03 Jul 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off on Friday to deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station, breaking a string of launch failures, a NASA TV broadcast showed. | Video


Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold 02 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers.


Air Force says rocket accident won’t bump SpaceX from competition 01 Jul 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - SpaceX can compete to launch a U.S. Global Positioning System satellite despite a Falcon 9 rocket accident this weekend, the Air Force said on Wednesday.


Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed 01 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in the brain.


I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously 01 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.


Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface 01 Jul 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has massive sinkholes in its surface that are nearly wide enough to swallow Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, research published on Wednesday shows.


Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous 30 Jun 2015

WASHINGTON - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries.

Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building 30 Jun 2015

DUBAI - Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows.