MEXICO CITY About a third of the world’s cactus species are threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warns in a new report.
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RENO, Nev. Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed ‚Äî curly top gumweed ‚Äî was growing along the road to the future.
WASHINGTON One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery.
NEW YORK A private space company announced Tuesday that it had landed a rocket upright and gently enough to be used again, a milestone in commercial aeronautics.
Reusing rockets, rather than discarding them, would be a big step toward making space flight less expensive.
SAN DIEGO One of only four northern white rhinos believed left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Nola, a 41-year-old female who has been at the park since 1989, was euthanized after her health took a turn for the worse, a zoo statement said.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.
BERLIN For this decision, a U.N. agency has decided to take its time.
The International Telecommunication Union said Thursday that it had considered a proposal to abandon the “leap second” at a conference in Geneva, but recommended further study.
WASHINGTON The National Institutes of Health is sending its last remaining research chimpanzees into retirement ‚Äî as soon as a federal sanctuary has room for them.
MANILA, Philippines When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines two years ago, flattening entire villages and killing thousands, the country became a poster child for the havoc wrought by global warming and increasingly extreme weather.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—There’s a new rocky Earth-size planet on our galactic block—and it’s a sizzler.
Astrophysicists yesterday revealed the newfound world, which is named GJ 1132b after the small nearby star that it orbits.
Even though the mercury can hit 450 degrees F on this planet, it’s cool enough to have a thick Venus-like atmosphere.