NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — How has the Earth evolved, and what’s in store for the future? It’s a sticky question that has graduate student Loes van Dam covered in corn syrup by the end of a day in the lab.
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HIGHMOUNT, N.Y. — Capturing snowflakes isn’t as easy as sticking out your tongue.
At least not when you’re trying to capture them for scientific study, which involves isolating the tiniest of crystals on a metal card printed with grid lines and quickly placing them under a microscope to be photographed.
SEATTLE — With the number of endangered orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state at a 30-year low, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday directed state agencies to take immediate and longer-term steps to protect the struggling killer whales.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — U.S. scientists studying the effects of uranium mining around the Grand Canyon say they are lacking information on whether the radioactive element is hurting plants, animals and a water source for more than 30 million people.
And they would not get to fully gather it if President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal is approved.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will fly you to the sun ‚Äî or at least your name.
Now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town. The names will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the sun.
LEWISTON, Idaho — Five types of apples, once thought to be extinct, have been rediscovered in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.
The Lewiston Tribune newspaper reported Monday that “apple detective” David Benscoter located the trees growing near a butte in the rolling hills of the vast Palouse agricultural area.
SAN DIEGO — Feral cattle in one of California’s newest national monuments have become a nuisance to hikers and local vegetation.
A herd of at least 150 feral bulls are ripping through Sand to Snow National Monument, devouring native plants and scaring people, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported .
WASHINGTON — After the Big Bang, it was cold and black. And then there was light. Now, for the first time, astronomers have glimpsed that dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were turning on the light in the cosmic darkness.
And if that’s not enough, they may have detected mysterious dark matter at work, too.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — It’s the biggest shark and the biggest fish in the sea, often found roaming in warm waters around the globe with its huge mouth agape in search of dinner.
PORTLAND, Maine — Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists.