Science

  • Trump weighs draft order targeting Google, Facebook: reports
    on September 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    President Donald Trump is weighing an executive order that would open federal antitrust and criminal probes into Google, Facebook and other social media firms, US media said Saturday, though the White House promptly distanced itself from the reports. […]

  • Ivory Coast looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Hi-tech, cheap—and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville just outside Abidjan is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace traditional but noisy and dirty bush taxis. […]

  • Australia kills four sharks after tourist attacks
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Four large sharks have been killed in Australia after a woman and a 12-year-old girl were attacked at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot. […]

  • Late to the party, German carmakers join race against Tesla
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    After years watching Tesla's electric cars speed ahead while they have been on the defensive over an industry-wide diesel emissions scandal, German high-end manufacturers have finally unveiled their first challengers to the Californian upstart. […]

  • Hackers target real estate deals, with devastating impact
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    James and Candace Butcher were ready to finalize the purchase of their dream retirement home, and at closing time wired $272,000 from their bank following instructions they received by email. […]

  • Ether cryptocurrency, a victim of blockchain success
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    For all the attention afforded bitcoin, it is its rival ether that is hitting the headlines, with the popularity of its blockchain technology Ethereum driving concerns that have sent investors fleeing. […]

  • National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. […]

  • Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Comcast has emerged as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators. […]

  • Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines
    on September 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and urban driving bans. […]

  • Stop putting off your device updates—here's why
    by David Nield on September 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    DIY How to update every gadget you own. The devices you rely on, from smartphones to routers, need regular updates to function well. Here's how to update every gadget so it stays secure and bug-free. […]

  • 1,500-Year-Old Maya Altar Reveals Amazing Secrets of the 'Snake Kings'
    on September 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    The carved stone alter was found deep in the jungles of northern Guatemala. […]

  • Fox, Comcast bid for Sky in rare auction
    on September 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky. […]

  • Japan space robots start asteroid survey
    on September 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system. […]

  • Billionaires buying up media: Savior complex or civic duty?
    on September 22, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    The Washington Post. Time Magazine. The Atlantic. The Village Voice. The Los Angeles Times. All American media icons, all bought by billionaires in the past half decade. Some are thriving. One died. On the rest, the jury's still out. […]

  • How to build a tabletop catapult
    by Sophie Bushwick on September 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    DIY From wooden dowels and rubber bands. With a dozen wooden dowels, some rubber bands, a cup or spoon, and ping-pong balls, you can build a DIY catapult for tabletop warfare. […]

  • Should All Nobel Prizes Be Canceled for a Year?
    on September 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This year's Nobel Prize for literature was nixed because of a sex scandal. Other Nobels have neglected key contributors. Should all prizes be cancelled while criteria for winning is reassessed? […]

  • Why Do Book Pages Turn Yellow Over Time?
    on September 22, 2018 at 11:53 am

    If you look at old newspaper clippings, aging paper documents and books that are past their prime, you'll notice that they likely have a yellow tinge. But why do old paper products turn this golden hue? […]

  • Why the Autumnal Equinox Doesn't Fall on the Same Day Every Year
    on September 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Autumn is right around the corner for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, while those in the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up for warmer spring weather. But the 2018 autumnal equinox of Sept. 22 is later than usual. Why? […]

  • Titanic battle for Sky culminates in auction
    on September 22, 2018 at 9:26 am

    A titanic takeover battle for European TV operator Sky between Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and US cable giant Comcast culminates Saturday in a rare blind auction. […]

  • Canada regulator to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline to Pacific
    on September 22, 2018 at 9:25 am

    The Canadian government on Friday ordered a new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific taking into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on endangered killer whales along the coast. […]

  • First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut
    on September 22, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly said Friday. […]

  • For critically ill patients on life support, chemistry could help them survive
    on September 22, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Smoke inhalation, pneumonia, and combat-related trauma are just a few causes of acute respiratory distress syndrome—a condition where the lungs fill with fluid, and is too often fatal. […]

  • They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu
    on September 22, 2018 at 6:16 am

    A pair of tiny Japanese robots sent back wild images once they successfully landed on their new home, the asteroid Ryugu. […]

  • 'Pinning down' how salty droplets dry
    on September 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered a new way of controlling the drying patterns formed by re-crystallizing salt. They found that the coffee ring effect can be used to pin the edge of drying droplets, creating a range of different geometric patterns. The same principles may be applied to understand and improve the adhesion of printer ink to surfaces and the manufacture of film-based devices. […]

  • Ferrari mixed retro racing design and a V12 engine in its limited-edition Monza cars
    by Jordan Golson on September 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Cars It can get to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. It looks like it's straight out of the '40s, but this limited-edition car is shockingly fast. […]

  • When a plane loses pressure, here's what happens to your body
    by Sara Chodosh on September 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Science 121 passengers found out recently when a Jet Airways flight crew forgot to pressurize the cabin. The result? A plane-ful of panicking passengers, many of whom awoke from naps to discover intense pain in their ears, bleeding from their ears and noses, and a heck of a […]

  • Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space
    on September 21, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space—and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. […]

  • Ocean acidification may reduce sea scallop fisheries
    on September 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model created by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, predicts that those fisheries may potentially be in danger. As levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Earth's atmosphere, the upper oceans become increasingly acidic—a condition that could reduce the sea scallop population by more than 50% in the next 30 […]

  • New nanotherapy offers hope in treating drug-resistant renal cell carcinoma
    on September 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    A research team led by Arun Iyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University, has developed a nanoplatform technology that works in combination with existing chemotherapeutic drugs that may reverse drug-resistance in renal cell carcinoma. […]

  • NASA’s newest planet hunter has already found two potential exoplanets
    by Mary Beth Griggs on September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Space And TESS is just getting started. Less than two months after TESS started its science operations, astronomers have detected two brand-new exoplanet candidates. […]

  • Octopuses trip on ecstasy the same way we do
    by Charlie Wood on September 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Science We may have more in common with invertebrates than we thought. More than 500 million years of evolutionary history separates these marine aliens from humans on the evolutionary tree, but MDMA has similar effects on both of our […]

  • Origami opens up smart options for architecture on the Moon and Mars
    on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Origami and high-performance textiles are transforming architecture plans for smart human habitats and research stations on the Moon and Mars. Initial field tests of the MoonMars project's origami prototype will be presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin by Dr. Anna Sitnikova. […]

  • Spray-on antennas could unlock potential of smart, connected technology
    on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    The promise of wearables, functional fabrics, the Internet of Things, and their "next-generation" technological cohort seems tantalizingly within reach. But researchers in the field will tell you a prime reason for their delayed "arrival" is the problem of seamlessly integrating connection technology—namely, antennas—with shape-shifting and flexible "things." […]

  • Questions raised about US museum's Abraham Lincoln hat
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    It has been a question plaguing the museum dedicated to one of America's greatest presidents: Is the hat real? […]

  • NASA sees areas of strength in Tropical Storm Trami
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    NASA's Terra satellite provided an infrared look at Tropical Storm Trami, located just over 100 miles from Guam on Sept. 21. Infrared data provides temperature information that showed two areas of the highest, coldest cloud tops and most powerful storms within the tropical storm. […]

  • New battery gobbles up carbon dioxide
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    A new type of battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which is currently highly challenging, this battery could continuously convert carbon dioxide into a solid mineral carbonate as it discharges. […]

  • Three NASA missions return first-light data
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    NASA's continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they are up and running, but that their science potential is exceptional. On Sept. 17, 2018, TESS—the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite—shared its first science observations. Later in the week, the latest two missions to join NASA's heliophysics fleet returned first light data: Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first mission to […]

  • Space-related start-up technology companies create synergistic innovation
    on September 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Researchers have developed innovative business models underlying the successful launch of space-related start-up technology companies in Costa Rica. A fascinating article describes how the company DIT (design, innovation, technology) Space identified key market sectors that could benefit from spaced-based technology and how implementation of the technology could benefit the company and create synergies leading to the development of further space technology. The article is published in New […]

  • The reclusive inventor of the Rubik's Cube wants to do more than amuse you
    by Eleanor Cummins on September 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Technology Math, man vs. nature, and me. The Rubik's cube is back and bigger than ever. Why is it still so hard for me to solve? […]

  • The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
    on September 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best. […]

  • This Week's Strangest Science News
    on September 21, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Ready to get weird? Here are some of the strangest stories on Live Science this week. […]

  • Want to save the planet? Don’t drain the swamps.
    by William Moomaw, Gillian Davies, and Max Finlayson/The Conversation on September 21, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Environment Swamps and bogs are more important than you think. “Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. […]

  • Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
    on September 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science. […]

  • Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for less
    on September 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    The $1,100 price tag on Apple's latest iPhone turned heads when the company announced it last week. But for less than half as much, you can still get a good camera, a decent-sized screen and other popular features. […]

  • Emissions from most diesel cars in Europe greatly exceed laboratory testing levels
    on September 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen was found to have illegally cheated federal emissions tests in the United States, by intentionally programming emissions control devices to turn on only during laboratory testing. The devices enabled more than 11 million passenger vehicles to meet U.S. emissions standards in the laboratory despite producing emissions up to 40 times higher than the legal limit in real-world driving conditions. […]

  • S.Africa rhino poaching drops by a quarter
    on September 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    The number of rhino killed for their horns by poachers in South Africa dipped by 26 percent in the first eight months of the year, officials said on Friday. […]

  • Congressmen question Google over kids' privacy on YouTube
    on September 21, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children's privacy. […]

  • Freezer bags are the secret to eating well on your next camping trip
    by Alisha McDarris on September 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    DIY Easy preparation before meals, no dishwashing after. Nobody’s going to hike all day on just a handful of trail mix. And the best way to eat hearty meals in the backcountry is to cook them in freezer bags. […]

  • Ancient Mystery Creature That Defied Classification Is Earth's Oldest Animal
    on September 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Fat molecules show that a mystery creature that lived 558 million years ago was in fact an animal. […]

  • What You See in This Famous Optical Illusion Could Reveal How Old You Are
    on September 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Do you see an old woman or a young woman? […]