Science And Health

Prototype space station module inflated on NASA's second try


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Saturday inflated an experimental fabric module that may provide a less expensive and safer option for housing crews during long stays in space, a NASA TV broadcast showed.


Rosetta spacecraft finds key building blocks for life in a comet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Scientists for the first time have directly detected key organic compounds in a comet, bolstering the notion that these celestial objects delivered such chemical building blocks for life long ago to Earth and throughout the solar system.

28 May 2016

Radar images reveal Mars is coming out of an ice age

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An analysis of radar images that peered inside the polar ice caps of Mars shows that Earth's neighbor is coming out of an ice age that is part of an ongoing cycle of climate change, scientists said on Thursday.

27 May 2016

From hardy pigs to super-crops, gene editing poses new EU dilemma

LONDON Heat-tolerant Angus beef cattle designed for the tropics with white coats instead of black or red. A button mushroom that doesn't turn brown. Pigs that don't fall sick. | Video

Environment, Environment 26 May 2016

Brightest laser blows up water in cinematic and scientific first

Scientists have recorded the first ever microscopic movies of water being vaporized by the world's brightest X-ray laser. | Video

27 May 2016

Enigmatic French cave structures show off Neanderthal skills

WASHINGTON Mysterious ring-shaped structures fashioned about 176,000 years ago by Neanderthals using broken stalagmites deep inside a cave in southwestern France indicate that our closest extinct relatives were more adept than previously known.

Lifestyle, 26 May 2016

Solar plane lands in Dayton, Ohio on latest leg of round-the-world flight

An experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun landed in Ohio on Saturday night on the latest leg of its historic bid by pilots and developers to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel. | Video

Davos 22 May 2016

Slimy hagfish inspire 'super hydrogels'

The unusual secretions of the Atlantic hagfish are being studied by scientists who want to harness the viscous and elastic properties of the creature's slime for human use. | Video

23 May 2016

Biotech Regeneron replaces Intel as sponsor of Science Talent Search

NEW YORK Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc on Thursday became the title sponsor of the most prestigious U.S. science competition for high school students, taking the baton from chipmaker Intel Corp.

26 May 2016

'ET Comes Home' for NASA fuel tank's ride to LA site

LOS ANGELES A giant NASA fuel tank completed its final journey on Saturday, with crowds cheering on its parade along Los Angeles streets to a science center where it will go on display with the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour.

22 May 2016