• Business Jul 9

    What the Impending Rubber ‘Apocalypse' Means for the U.S. Economy

    Rubber is a critical raw material needed for car tires, personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and many more everyday products. Anytime you’re going anywhere, you’re using rubber. Now, supply chain disruptions have thrown the rubber industry into a tailspin. “We could be on the cusp of a rubber apocalypse,” Ohio State University professor Katrina Cornish told...

  • carbon footprint Dec 9, 2019

    Climate Scientists Try to Cut Their Own Carbon Footprints

    For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and elsewhere. All told, in the last three…

  • The Associated Press Dec 2, 2019

    Furry Prehistoric Puppy Unearthed From Permafrost

    Russian scientists on Monday showed off a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, found in permafrost in the country’s Far East. Discovered last year in a lump of frozen mud near the city of Yakutsk, the puppy is unusually well-preserved, with its hair, teeth, whiskers and eyelashes still intact. “This puppy has all its limbs, pelage – fur,...

  • United States Oct 9, 2019

    'Big Bang Theory' Gets Shout Out to Nobel Prize Announcement

    Life imitated art Tuesday when “The Big Bang Theory” — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel in physics began with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show’s theme song. “The...

  • Italy Sep 25, 2019

    Airbnb Offering All-Expense-Paid Trip to Antarctica for Science Research

    Airbnb is offering a handful of people concerned about the environment a chance to participate in scientific research on how to help preserve it during an all-expense-paid trip to Antarctica. The Antarctic Sabbatical, as the travel company is dubbing it, will give five people the opportunity to study how widely microplastics have infiltrated the region. Over a month’s time in...

  • New York City Aug 22, 2019

    New High-Resolution Images Show Titanic 107 Years After Wreck

    Haunting images of the Titanic shipwreck were released Wednesday following an expedition earlier this month − giving a never-before-seen high resolution look at the New York City-bound ship that sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean 107 years ago.

  • New York Jul 16, 2019

    Police Charge Suspect in US Scientist's Slaying in Crete

    A 27-year-old man was charged with murder and rape Tuesday in the killing of an American scientist who disappeared on the Greek island of Crete and whose body was found in a tunnel formerly used as a storage site during World War II. Crete police said a Greek man from the island confessed to the “violent criminal act,” telling investigators...

  • United States Jun 4, 2019

    American Scientist Sounds Warning on Future Everest Dangers

    Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers, an American scientist who spent weeks in the Everest region said Tuesday. Prof. John All of Western Washington University said after returning from the mountains that he and his...

  • United States Jun 4, 2019

    American Scientist Sounds Warning on Future Everest Dangers

    Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers, an American scientist who spent weeks in the Everest region said Tuesday. Prof. John All of Western Washington University said after returning from the mountains that he and his...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Apr 8, 2019

    NASA Scientist Uses Comedy to Talk Climate Change

    Josh Willis is an accomplished NASA scientist, but his night job is using comedy to spark the conversation on climate change. Belen De Leon and Tommy Bravo report for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on April 7, 2019.

  • King Apr 16, 2019

    NASA Scientist Using Comedy to Bring Awareness to Climate Change

    Climate change can be a difficult topic to explain and understand, but one NASA scientist has found a funny way to talk about the issue.

  • United States Mar 19, 2019

    Cat Cannibalism: Report Discloses ‘Questionable' Gov't Animal Experiments

    U.S. government scientists bought hundreds of dead dogs and cats from “Asian meat markets” and conducted experiments that included feeding their remains to healthy lab cats for needless research, according to a disturbing watchdog report being released Tuesday. Other experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lab in Maryland included feeding dog remains to cats and injecting cat remains into...

  • Virginia Mar 15, 2019

    Virginia Student Wins $250K Science Prize for Her Work on Discovering New Planets

    What if a high school girl in Virginia is the key to discovering hundreds of new planets?

  • NBC Feb 22, 2019

    World's Largest Bee, Once Feared Extinct, Rediscovered in Indonesia

    The world’s largest bee, last seen by a scientist in 1981, is not extinct after all, NBC News reported. A single female was found and documented earlier this year on an Indonesian island, an Australian university and other groups said Thursday. The bee, Megachile pluto, also known as “Wallace’s giant bee” — named after British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who...

  • Eric Hinton Dec 18, 2018

    Daughter Tells of Dad's Unlikely Bond With Charles Barkley

    A chance meeting in a hotel lobby sparked an unlikely friendship between former NBA star Charles Barkley and a cat litter scientist in Iowa.

  • China Nov 28, 2018

    Scientist Claiming Gene-Edited Babies Reports 2nd Pregnancy

    Leading scientists see even more reasons to worry and have more questions than answers after a Chinese scientist attended an international conference Wednesday and repeated his claim to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui spoke at the gene-editing meeting in Hong Kong where the conference’s leader called his experiment “irresponsible” and evidence that the scientific community...

  • Florida Nov 21, 2018

    ‘Star Trek'-Inspired Experimental Plane Uses Electric Field to Fly

    A nearly silent, drone-sized aircraft has shown it can fly, thanks to a scientist who was inspired by watching “Star Trek” as a child. With neither propellers nor jets, the airplane gets its thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air. That general idea has been demonstrated at science fairs, but the new work shows it can power...

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Oct 31, 2018

    Kepler Telescope Dead After Finding Thousands of Worlds

    NASA’s elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary. Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope’s demise Tuesday. Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9 1/2-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at distant stars and identify possible alien worlds worsened dramatically at the beginning...

  • California Oct 15, 2018

    Global Warming Will Make Beer Costlier, Study Finds

    Add beer to chocolate, coffee and wine as some of life’s little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 percent, an international group of researchers estimated....

  • Canada Sep 14, 2018

    Ailing Killer Whale Declared Dead, But Feds to Keep Looking

    Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they’d keep looking. The grim news means scientists believe just 74 whales remain in a group that has failed to reproduce successfully...

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