Science News

'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.

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

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 a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

Health 17 Apr 2014

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

17 Apr 2014

Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

NEW YORK - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?

Health, 17 Apr 2014

Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

WASHINGTON - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.

Health 16 Apr 2014

Jaws, the prequel: Scientists find the 'Model T Ford' of sharks

WASHINGTON - You've heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. But how about the Model T shark?

16 Apr 2014

U.S. agencies back DigitalGlobe bid to sell sharper images

TAMPA/WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community has thrown its support behind a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution images from its satellites, the leading U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

China rejections of GMO U.S. corn cost up to $2.9 billion: group

CHICAGO - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.

China 16 Apr 2014

Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

DENVER - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana.