Science

  • Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia

    By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - On July 4, 1965, with protest signs raised above their heads, 40 marchers outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall showed many people their first glimpse of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans. The protesters and their leaders, Frank Kameny and Barbara…

    Reuters
  • Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.

    Associated Press
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty: Technobabble's Role in the Arts (Op-Ed)

    Peter Clines has published short fiction and articles on the film and television industries and is author of the new novel "The Fold"(Crown Publishing, 2015). I'm not sure, but I think it was watching "The Amazing Colossal Man" on Creature Double Feature as a kid that gave me my first, foul-tasting…

    SPACE.com
  • Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight record across Pacific to Hawaii

    By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy has broken a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, the project team said on Thursday. The Solar Impulse, which took off from Japan on Monday on the…

    Reuters
  • Russian cargo ship heads to space station, breaking string of failures

    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. The Progress capsule, carrying more than three tons (2,700 kg) of supplies, was expected…

    Reuters
  • Dazzling Interactive Video Shows What Humans Can't See From Earth

    If you think asteroids are rare, it's only because they're so small and dark and hard to see. An eye-opening new video (above) shows what the night sky would look like if we could see the near-Earth asteroids astronomers have discovered -- it's quite a swarm."We're essentially flying around the sun…

    Huffington Post
  • First US Measles Death in 12 Years: How Was It Missed?

    A woman in Washington state is the first person to die of measles in the United States in a dozen years, authorities said today. The woman appears to have caught measles when she stayed at local medical facility. It's not clear exactly why doctors failed to catch her measles diagnosis until after…

    LiveScience.com
  • Stunning photo catches space station in transit over the full moon

    While other eyes were on Jupiter and Venus, one photographer snapped a beautiful photo of the full moon -- complete with International Space Station.

    CNET
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  • Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing.

    Associated Press
  • NASA Slammed a Probe Into a Comet 10 Years Ago Today

    When you're watching the fireworks displays this Fourth of July, take a moment to reflect on some cosmic pyrotechnics that NASA pulled off a decade ago. On July 4, 2005, while zooming along millions of miles from Earth, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft released an 820-lb. (370 kilograms) probe that…

    SPACE.com
  • Colorful Arctic Animals Revealed in Thousands of Undersea Images

    New photographs of fluorescent sea creatures — including bright orange animals that resemble feather dusters with long, skinny handles, and spongy, neon-pink anemones — on the Arctic seafloor could help researchers determine how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, will make its way to the…

    LiveScience.com
  • Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus

    Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital…

    Reuters
  • The chemistry behind a firework explosion

    It’s Independence Day, and that means it’s time for controlled explosions in the sky. No, not Texas post-rock — the great scientific display that is a fireworks show. "Fireworks are an application of chemistry and engineering: you need good chemistry to get the effects up in the sky and good…

    The Verge
  • Russian Cargo Spacecraft Arrives at Space Station

    A robotic Russian resupply ship arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday morning (July 5), ending a streak of two straight cargo-mission failures.

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  • The science prize that's making waves

    This month, the eyes of oceanographers around the world will be on New York. The reason? On July 20, Wendy Schmidt, the wife of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, will use $2m of her family's formidable ...

    Financial Times
  • Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

    (Reuters) - 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. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night…

    Reuters