Science News

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study


OSLO - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Ancient flying reptile named after 'Avatar' creature

WASHINGTON - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the last letter of the genus name, Ikrandraco instead of Ikrandraci)

14 Sep 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

DETROIT - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

Tech, Media 13 Sep 2014

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights

SEATTLE - Stargazers across a wide swath of the United States could get a rare view on Friday of the northern lights, a colorful cosmic display normally only visible in far northern latitudes.

Environment, 12 Sep 2014

Double solar storms headed to Earth raise disruption concerns

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday. | Video

11 Sep 2014

NASA Mars rover Curiosity reaches base of target mountain

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the base of a mountain of layered rock that scientists suspect holds clues about whether the planet most like Earth in the solar system had the ingredients to support and preserve signs of microbial life.

11 Sep 2014

Largest dinosaur predator was a water-loving quadruped

WASHINGTON - The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest.

11 Sep 2014

Astronaut, cosmonauts back on Earth after six months in space

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut returned to Earth on Wednesday, capping a nearly six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. | Video

Russia 11 Sep 2014

NASA prepares Orion capsule for debut deep-space test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A NASA spacecraft designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars rolled out of its processing hangar at the U.S. space agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday to be prepared for a debut test flight in December.

11 Sep 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

OSLO, Sept 11 - Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Environment 11 Sep 2014

Liberia president sacks 10 officials told to return to fight Ebola

MONROVIA - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government's fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians.