CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA’s Mars-orbiting Maven spacecraft has discovered that the sun likely robbed the red planet of its once-thick atmosphere and water.
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GENEVA—The Antarctic ozone hole has swelled this month to one of its biggest sizes on record, U.N. and U.S. scientists say.
They insist the Earth-shielding ozone layer remains on track to long-term recovery but residents of the southern hemisphere should be on watch for high UV levels in the weeks ahead.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday.
In an extensive audit, NASA’s inspector general office looked at the space agency’s overall effort to keep astronauts safe during lengthy space missions ‚Äî especially trips to Mars, currently targeted for the 2030s.
JOHANNESBURG Conservationists have long warned of increasing threats to Africa’s populations of rhinos, elephants and other wildlife. Now add vultures to the list.
GENEVA The U.N.’s weather body says unusually cold high-altitude conditions have expanded the Antarctic ozone hole to one of the largest sizes on record, though the long-term trend remains one of shrinkage.
The World Meteorological Organizations notes regular, year-to-year variations in the hole, but says the expansion shows “we need to remain vigilant.”
EDMONTON—A University of Alberta dinosaur researcher was just looking for a project when he chose one fossil specimen out of others still lying around unexamined from a six-year-old dig.
But when Aaron van der Reest cracked the plaster shell protecting the 75-million-year-old specimen from southern Alberta, he got a lot more than that.
BOISE, Idaho ‚An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces is working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development.
SEATTLE Puget Sound’s endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.
The Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor confirmed on its Facebook page this weekend that a newborn orca designated as J53 was seen travelling Saturday in Haro Strait with a 38-year-old orca known as Princess Angeline.
LONDON The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres brought relentless pressure last night.
The payoff came just in time.
Kane tied it with 4:29 left with his first goal for Buffalo as the Sabres came back to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout.
“We felt we weren’t going to be shutout and we made that happen,” Kane noted.