Science
Latest stories
Study Shows Eastern China Set for Record-Hot Summers

By 2024, more than half of summers in eastern China will be as hot as in 2013, when the region was hit by a record-busting heatwave and devastating drought, a study said Sunday.

Based on current global warming trends, the big heat will happen even if rising greenhouse gas emissions are braked over the next decade, it said.

W140 Full Story
Archaeologists Uncover Village in U.S. Park

Archaeologists at the Petrified Forest National Park in the southwestern U.S. have discovered an ancient village that is unique for its size.

Park officials say 50 to 70 pit houses are organized in rings on about 66 acres (26 hectares). One village found last summer spanned about 14 acres (6 hectares).

W140 Full Story
Retired Shuttle Paired with Space Lab

The space shuttle Endeavour has been paired once again with a space lab and storage pod it used on some missions, as the countdown to its final exhibit continues at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

A crew on Thursday delicately positioned the 3,000-pound (1,360-kilogram) portable lab and pod inside the orbiter's huge cargo bay, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1BZn1mL ). Workers also installed a replica robotic arm, airlock and docking system.

W140 Full Story
EU Struggles to Agree 2030 Climate Targets for October Summit

European Union leaders face difficult negotiations to agree a package of climate change targets for 2030 at an end-of-October summit, with coal-reliant Poland leading objections, sources said Friday.

Plans to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent, make renewables account for 27 percent of energy use and set an energy savings target of 30 percent appear in draft guidelines for the summit conclusions, seen by Agence France Presse.

W140 Full Story
Darwin Note, Early Apple Computer being Auctioned

A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer — one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 — are among the unique pieces of science history up for auction this month.

Buyers at the Oct. 22 event at Bonhams will need deep pockets. The Steve Wozniak-designed Apple 1 computer is estimated to bring $300,000 to $500,000. One sold at auction last year for $671,000.

W140 Full Story
Archeologists Revisit Rich Roman Wreck Off Greece

Archaeologists armed with top-notch technology have scoured one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity for overlooked treasures, recovering a scattering of artifacts amid indications that significant artworks may await discovery under the seabed.

Lying 50 meters (164 feet) down a steep underwater slope off Antikythera Island, in southern Greece, the Roman commercial vessel's wreck was accidentally located by sponge divers more than a century ago.

W140 Full Story
Methane Hot Spot in U.S. is 3x Expected Size

One area in the southwestern United States is spewing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere far faster than expected, U.S. space agency researchers said Thursday.

Satellite data show more than triple the previously estimated amount of methane is coming from the hot spot located near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

W140 Full Story
Days of Heavy Air Pollution Blight Northern China

Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Visibility dropped dramatically as measures of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5, which can embed themselves deep in the lungs, reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic meter in parts of Hebei, a province bordering Beijing.

W140 Full Story
Step Toward Artificial Hand with a Sense of Touch

Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it.

The two men told researchers at Case Western Reserve University that wiring some of their remaining nerves to a robotic arm — albeit only during visits to a lab — felt more like grasping objects with their own hand than with a tool.

W140 Full Story
Super-Microscope Earns Trio Nobel Chemistry Prize

Two Americans and a German on Wednesday won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for laying the foundations of an ultra-powerful microscope capable of studying tissue down to the molecular level.

W140 Full Story