Science News

Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi


TORONTO - Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday.

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

Environment 29 Sep 2014

Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

WASHINGTON - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

27 Sep 2014

New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's

ROCHESTER N.Y. - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.

26 Sep 2014

India reaches Red Planet, but at home red tape binds space firms

NEW DELHI - As India celebrated becoming the first Asian nation to reach Mars, S.M. Vaidya, head of business at conglomerate Godrej's aerospace division that made the spacecraft's engine and thruster components, sounded surprisingly downbeat.

26 Sep 2014

U.S.-Russian crew safely reaches space station despite glitch

ALMATY - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. | Video

Russia 26 Sep 2014

Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study

ORLANDO Fla. - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone.

Tech, Media 25 Sep 2014

Study finds solar system’s water older than the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Water found in Earth’s oceans, in meteorites and frozen in lunar craters predates the birth of the solar system, a study published on Thursday shows, a finding with implications for the search for life on other planets.

25 Sep 2014

Nobel Prize science predictions see honors for pain, LEDs and more

NEW YORK - Scientists who discovered phenomena as different as the molecular mechanisms of pain, organic light-emitting diodes that illuminate mobile phones and a new quantum state of matter are top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.

25 Sep 2014

India triumphs in maiden Mars mission, sets record in space race

NEW DELHI - India's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, crowning what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said was a "near impossible" push to become the only country to complete the trip on its maiden attempt. | Video

24 Sep 2014

U.S. military to quickly ramp up Ebola mission in Liberia

MONROVIA - The United States plans to quickly increase its presence in Liberia, where military personnel are deploying to help the West African nation halt the advance of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, the general in charge of the mission said on Monday.