Science News

Big gulp: feeding strategy of blue whales revealed


WASHINGTON - The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth and perhaps the biggest that ever lived, so it is no surprise it has a huge appetite. But the strategies this behemoth uses to get enough food has not been well understood - until now.

ULA needs relief on Russian engines before GPS launch bid: CEO

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, on Friday said it would not bid in a U.S. Air Force competition to launch a GPS satellite unless it received some relief from a ban on use of Russian rocket engines.

02 Oct 2015

Atlas rocket blasts off with Mexican communications satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from a seaside launch pad in Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit for Mexico. | Video

Mexico 02 Oct 2015

General Electric producing science fiction podcast series

- In a sign that what is old is new again, U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co is producing its own science fiction podcast series in an effort to raise its profile among a younger, tech-savvy audience.

Tech, Entertainment 02 Oct 2015

Student-built solar motorbikes hit the road in Kenya

URUDI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Motorcycle taxi operators waiting for passengers in this village in western Kenya's Kisumu County lounge on their various machines – but Alfred Omondi's plug-in electric scooter stands out from the crowd.

Moon Express contracts Rocket Lab for launches to land spacecraft on the moon

WELLINGTON - Silicon Valley's Moon Express Inc said it has signed up Lockheed Martin-backed Rocket Lab to launch its robotic spacecraft as it seeks to become the first private venture to reach the moon.

02 Oct 2015

Double trouble: asteroid, volcanoes implicated in dinosaur doom

WASHINGTON - It was a combination of calamities - an asteroid strike followed by vast volcanic eruptions half a world away - that doomed the dinosaurs and many other creatures 66 million years ago.

01 Oct 2015

Deadly piglet virus may have entered U.S. on 'reusable' feed bags: USDA

CHICAGO - The deadly piglet virus that killed millions of U.S. pigs over the past two years may have entered the country on large bags typically used to transport feed and other bulk products, the Agriculture Department said.

Health 01 Oct 2015

Substance found to curb fuel fireballs from air and vehicle crashes

WASHINGTON - Aiming to reduce dangerous explosions after plane crashes and truck accidents, scientists have developed a substance that can be added to fuel to curb formation of a fine mist that can erupt into a deadly fireball after a collision.

01 Oct 2015

Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tut's tomb

CAIRO - High-resolution scans suggest the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to two hidden chambers, including what one British archaeologist believes is the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti. | Video

02 Oct 2015

Brazil halts use of Silimed silicone breast implants, follows Europe

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Friday it had suspended the production, sale and use of products made by Brazilian breast-implant maker Silimed after an inspection found the company failed production standards.