A member of the OSIRIS-REx team prepares the spacecraft for launch Sept. 8. The Atlas 5 rocket’s payload fairing is in the background. Credit: Ben Cooper/Launchphotography.com Five years after winning $1 billion from NASA to mount the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission, scientists and engineers will get their last look at the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft […]
Lifting the veil on a key piece of World War II history, scientists on Monday launched an expedition to film and photograph the USS Independence, an aircraft carrier sitting on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, 30 miles off the coast of Northern California. The search for the 623-foot-long shipwreck, which sits off Half Moon […]
An outfit can tell a lot about somebody – particularly if that person died 5,300 years ago. Ötzi the Iceman, a natural mummy discovered frozen in the Ötztal Alps in Italy, has offered scientists a broad variety of clues into the lives of Copper Age Europeans since its discovery a quarter century ago. And now researchers […]
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting and other activities to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.
Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses […]
When our genus, Homo, diverged from other hominins at least 2.8 million years ago, human skeletons began to change in significant and puzzling ways. Homo erectus, for example, was much taller and had a much larger brain case than the Australopith ancestors. But Homo erectus also had significantly smaller teeth, jaws, and faces than the […]
A NASA Mars spacecraft celebrates a major milestone today — a decade circling the Red Planet.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) arrived at the Red Planet on March 10, 2006 and has done yeoman’s work in the decade since.
MRO images Mars in unprecedented detail, and its observations […]
LONDON Stephen Hawking has joined more than 150 top scientists in calling for Britain to stay in the European Union, saying that leaving would be “a disaster for UK science and universities”. The physicist and other members of the Royal Society, including three Nobel laureates, made the case against Brexit, as leaving is widely called, […]