Science News

NASA satellite to measure water in Earth's soil sent into orbit


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure moisture in the top layer of the Earth's soil, data to be used in weather-forecasting and tracking of global climate change. | Video

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

U.S., Health 30 Jan 2015

NASA satellite to map soil moisture poised for launch

- An unmanned Delta 2 rocket is being prepared for launch on Saturday to put a NASA satellite into orbit that is expected to improve drought monitoring and flooding forecasts.

30 Jan 2015

Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

WASHINGTON - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed.

Health 29 Jan 2015

Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99

SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported.

U.S., 28 Jan 2015

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

WASHINGTON - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

Environment 28 Jan 2015

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

NEW YORK - When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Health 28 Jan 2015

How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility

Orange County, Ca - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.

Tech 27 Jan 2015

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

WASHINGTON - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Environment, 27 Jan 2015

Rocket blasts off with NASA satellite to track climate change

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change. | Video

Environment 31 Jan 2015

In pursuit of next-generation Ebola stockpile vaccines

LONDON - As West Africa's devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast.