Science

  • Pluto Probe Suffers Glitch 10 Days Before Epic Flyby

    A glitch caused NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to go dark for more than an hour Saturday (July 4), just 10 days before its historic flyby of Pluto. "During that time, the autonomous autopilot on board the spacecraft recognized a problem and — as it’s programmed to do in such a situation — switched…

    SPACE.com
  • 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
  • Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style

    A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. This new group of startups is essentially hacking the food sector with new ideas and technologies about food and with strong ties to Silicon Valley.

    AFP Relax News
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Empathy: Overrated?

    In the years since then, the country has followed Obama’s counsel, at least when it comes to talking about empathy. Bad idea, say cognitive psychologist Paul Bloom and neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. At their Aspen Ideas Festival talk on Thursday, Bloom allowed that a the word “empathy” as it’s…

    The Atlantic
  • Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side.

    Los Angeles Times
  • 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
  • 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
  • How to Keep People From Bugging Out About Eating Insects

    Years ago in a South American rainforest, the researcher I was visiting announced with something like joy that he had just found some palm beetle grubs. They were fat, yellow, and the length of my fingers, and when we sautéed them with garlic in a frying pan, the skins took on a lovely al dente…

    Takepart.com
  • Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

    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. U.S. District ...

    Associated Press
  • NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space

    Orbiting NASA astronaut Scott Kelly doesn't have any special plans for the Fourth of July, though he will try to catch a glimpse of the fireworks displays down on Earth. "Hopefully the timing will be right, and I'll be able to look down and see little specks of light over the United States on the…

    SPACE.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
  • How Math Can Defeat Bullies

    Do kids have an unheralded incentive to master math? This week, I’m sharing responses to the question, “What insight or idea has thrilled or excited you?” This installment comes courtesy of John Allen Paulos, a Professor of Mathematics at Temple University who is here this week at The Aspen Ideas…

    The Atlantic