Science News

NASA tries space kits to engage kids in science and space


NEW YORK - Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but their complexity can derail all but the most enthusiastic hobbyist.

Spacewalkers to replace failed computer outside space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace a failed computer that serves as a backup to critical control systems, including the outpost's solar panel wings.

23 Apr 2014

Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.

Environment 23 Apr 2014

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought, study shows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday.

22 Apr 2014

Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness

LONDON - Sun seekers who leave northern Europe for warmer climes are marginally less happy than those left behind, a study found.

23 Apr 2014

First U.S. drone research center will focus on soil studies: FAA

WASHINGTON - The first of six U.S. test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will start flight operations during the week of May 5, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

U.S., 21 Apr 2014

Meteor lights up night sky in northern Russia

MOSCOW - Russians with smartphones and dashboard cameras captured footage of a meteor that flashed across the night sky near the Arctic Circle over the weekend.

World, 21 Apr 2014

'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the experimental humanoid robot aboard that one day may be used in a spacewalk.

20 Apr 2014

NASA robotic spacecraft ends mission with crash into the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - A robotic U.S. spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface early on Friday, NASA officials said.

18 Apr 2014

In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

WASHINGTON - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals.

17 Apr 2014

U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.