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Genetic study shows the red panda is actually two separate species
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:05:20 -0500
(This February 26 story corrects spelling of researcher's last name, paragraph 8)
JPMorgan raises clean energy spending goals, profit targets unchanged 
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:56:35 -0500
JPMorgan Chase & Co largely maintained its key profit goals for the medium term on Tuesday, signaling steady but slower growth, and raised its financial commitment for clean-energy initiatives after years of pressure from environmental activists.
Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:16:58 -0500
Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor roughly a billion years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician portrayed in 'Hidden Figures', dies at 101
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:48:42 -0500
Katherine Johnson, the black woman whose mathematical genius took her from a behind-the-scenes job in a segregated NASA as portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures" to a key role in sending humans to the moon, died on Monday at the age of 101, NASA said.
Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:11:05 -0500
NASA's robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. The proper term, fittingly, is marsquakes.
Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:13:44 -0500
Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government's case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers.
Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:08:21 -0500
One scientific post suggests links between the new coronavirus and AIDS, a second says it may have passed to people via snakes, while a third claims it is a pathogen from outer space.
Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:00:16 -0500
A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave already famous for fossils of these extinct cousins of our species is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead - and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.
Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:09:06 -0500
A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.
'Ghost' ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:16:53 -0500
Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated genetic ancestry.
Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:09:17 -0500
A vaguely hourglass-shaped icy object called Arrokoth residing in the far reaches of the solar system - the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft - is giving scientists intriguing clues about the formation of the planets including Earth.
Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:09:42 -0500
One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.
Novacyt biotech company says winning race for high-speed virus test
Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:55:10 -0500
Franco-British biotech company Novacyt says it can offer a coronavirus test that is faster than rival methods by focusing on a narrow sequence of DNA coding, as it fights stiff competition to turn the outbreak into a business opportunity.
White House calls for biggest NASA budget in decades to reach the moon, Mars
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 17:36:36 -0500
The White House on Monday asked Congress for $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021, the agency's biggest budget in decades, calling for steady increases over five years to meet President Donald Trump's goal of landing astronauts on the moon and Mars.
Solar probe embarks on unprecedented mission to map sun's polar regions
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 08:06:34 -0500
A new probe built by NASA and the European Space Agency set off on a blazing hot journey to the sun on Sunday to take the first close-up look at the star's polar regions, a mission expected to yield insight into how solar radiant energy affects Earth.
Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions
Fri, 07 Feb 2020 20:44:29 -0500
A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.
The bitter end: Last woolly mammoths plagued by genetic defects
Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:33:27 -0500
The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population.
Fireflies threatened globally, with light pollution a glaring problem
Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:50:58 -0500
Fireflies are under threat globally, with familiar hazards such as habitat loss and pesticides compounded by another peril: humankind's ubiquitous nighttime artificial light that plays havoc with their balletic nocturnal courtship, scientists said.
OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakh cosmodrome in global internet push
Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:34:25 -0500
The UK firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Friday as part of its effort to provide global high-speed internet access using satellite communications by 2021.
Boeing's botched Starliner test flirted with 'catastrophic' failure: NASA panel
Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:00:50 -0500
Boeing narrowly missed a "catastrophic failure" during its December flight test of an unmanned space taxi that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said Thursday, recommending that the agency examine Boeing's software verification process before letting it fly humans to space.
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Pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at 101
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:41:03 -0500
Dr. Katherine Johnson died Monday morning at the age of 101. Johnson played an instrumental role in some of NASA’s most historic feats, including the Project Mercury space flights and the Apollo mission to land on the moon. Jan Crawford reports.
Russia's Radio Sputnik airing in Kansas City
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:15:16 -0500
As the FBI and other federal agencies look for signs of Russian interference in the 2020 election, Russian propaganda is being transmitted on America's airwaves. It's happening in the middle of the country. Jeff Pegues reports.
Pangolin facing greater threat of extinction during coronavirus outbreak
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:15:16 -0500
The pangolin has spent most of its existence in obscurity, but after a group of Chinese scientists recently labeled the mammal as a potential transmitter of the novel coronavirus, they are facing a threat of extinction. Tom Hanson reports.
New program healing U.S. service members from injury using VR technology
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:15:15 -0500
The Pentagon says 109 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries last month in an Iranian missile strike on an air base in Iraq. In wake of that news, the Department of Veterans Affairs has pioneered a new approach to help these wounded warriors heal and even return some to the battlefield. Senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
Astronaut Christina Koch looks to the future after record space mission
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:51:59 -0500
Astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth last week after setting a record for the longest single flight by a female. "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell spoke to her about her experience and what she's looking forward to next.
Pictures of Mars, the red planet
Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:49:22 -0500
Here are some images from rovers and spacecraft that have observed the surface of Mars.
Mars rover Curiosity: Images from the red planet
Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:46:41 -0500
The Mars Science Laboratory vehicle sent back amazing images from the surface of the red planet.
Social media use may be linked to mental distress in teens
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:42:03 -0500
A new review of several studies shows the potentially harmful impact of social media use on teens. But it also outlines what parents can do to make sure their kids stay safe. Adriana Diaz reports.
Justice Department reveals charges in massive Equifax hack
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:22:24 -0500
Federal officials revealed who is behind the 2017 Equifax hack that affected millions of Americans. Investigators said Chinese military hackers had access to Equifax computer systems for months, stealing personal information. Jeff Pegues reports.
Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after a year in space
Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:44:08 -0500
Astronaut Christina Koch is back on Earth after setting a world record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch landed in Kazakhstan after spending 328 days on the International Space Station, where she also broke ground as part of the first all-female spacewalk with fellow astronaut Jessica Meir.
Social Security scams costing Americans millions
Wed, 29 Jan 2020 19:48:50 -0500
The government is sounding the alarm on Social Security fraud. There have been nearly 115,000 complaints in the last three months alone. Anna Werner has more.
U.S. cracking down on robocalls scamming Americans out of their money
Wed, 29 Jan 2020 16:15:51 -0500
With Americans losing millions of dollars to scam robocalls, the DOJ is filing for temporary restraining orders against U.S. telecom giants allegedly facilitating the calls. The Senate is holding a hearing Wednesday to look into Social Security fraud, the No. 1 scam in America. Anna Werner has more on the government's groundbreaking crack down.
Incredible photos from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:37:36 -0500
Amazing photos of the cosmos taken by NASA's Spitzer telescope over 10 years.
SpaceX destroys boosters in dramatic abort test
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:32:32 -0500
A new success for Space X! It happened after an unmanned rocket lifted-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. The mission: to test whether a new crew capsule could survive an explosion. Meg Oliver reports.
Fishermen join a "fishing for plastic" project to help clean the oceans
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:25:41 -0500
Plastics are the most common form of garbage found in the world's oceans. According to the World Economic Forum, the amount of plastic dumped into oceans is equal to a full garbage truck of plastic dumped every minute. Now some fisherman are casting their nets to make a difference. Seth Doane reports.
Penguin species in Antarctica hit hard by climate change
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:24:17 -0500
Antarctica is one of the most remote places on the planet, but climate change is hitting it hard. A group of scientists want to know how the warming weather is affecting the chinstrap penguin. For our Eye on Earth series, Roxana Saberi traveled to Antarctica to understand exactly how climate change is impacting them.
Secret mission saves rare prehistoric trees from Australia bushfires
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:24:16 -0500
A secret operation led by specially trained firefighters has saved the last of a rare Dinosaur-era tree species from the Australia bushfires. The Wollemi pine trees, once thought to be extinct, have grown in Australia for over 200 million years and now number less than 200. The mission had to be kept a secret in order to keep the trees' location under wraps due to their fragile nature.
The next industrial revolution is happening in your home
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:02:20 -0500
Here's how the global business and political elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos think the Internet of Things, big data, and artificial intelligence will change the world
Some jobs robots are now doing
Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:41:50 -0500
Automaker Ford bought two robots that can deliver and store packages. Robots are also flipping burgers, serving coffee and doing surgery.
3D-printed limb helps young musician play the cello
Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:51:15 -0500
Teaching first-time musicians at Austin Middle School is challenging for Carly Addison. But helping one student achieve her dream is exactly why she became a teacher.
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