Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time,

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time,

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.

Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

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Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars
Six carefully selected scientists will spend the next eight months living inside a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars.

Wisconsin agencies delete mentions of human-caused climate change from websites

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Wisconsin agencies delete mentions of human-caused climate change from websites
Nation
January 18

Finally, an explanation of strange African 'fairy circles'?

The forces behind the mysterious "fairy circles" that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex.
Science
January 18

As rift grows, Antarctica is set to lose an enormous piece of ice

Delaware-size chunk could break away from Larsen C ice shelf, eventually raising sea levels.
Nation
January 17

Gene Cernan was the last man on the moon. Will we ever go back?

His death forced moments of reflection on the state of NASA and American ambition to discover what lies beyond Earth's orbit.
Nation
January 17

D.B. Cooper may have unwittingly left clues to his identity, scientists say

It was “one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations” in FBI history — and to this day remains the only unsolved skyjacking in the…
Local
January 14

For first time since 1976, Minnesota has vision for Mississippi River corridor

For the first time since 1976, Minnesota has adopted a uniform framework for how the 21 cities and five counties along the river's banks will manage the river to protect the water.
World
January 14

Poland sticks with its cherished coal, pays price in record levels of smog

Severe cold snap and vehicles also contributed.
Local
January 14
Biologists are getting the scoop on Minnesota’s threatened lynx, which typically is a very shy but handsome feline.

It's a dirty job: Tracking Minnesota's elusive lynx

Missing cat? Not while wildlife biologists are on the trail, carefully collecting the traces they leave behind.
Science
January 13

To figure out why the zebra got its stripes, this researcher dressed up like one

Biologist did just that, and he says the markings help keep biting flies away.
Science
January 13

Science briefs: Latest NASA missions to explore asteroids

NASA will launch two missions to asteroids in search of clues about the early solar system, the space agency announced. The first mission, scheduled for…
Science
January 13

Health briefs: One in three women with breast cancer treated unnecessarily, study concludes

One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re…
Science
January 12

Sandpipers go to great lengths to find a mate

In a breeding season, the males log an average of about 1,900 miles.
Science
January 12

It's all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds

People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.
Science
January 12

Woman known for iconic Vietnam War photo gets pain relief after laser treatments

MIAMI – The subject of the famous Vietnam War photograph showing her fleeing a napalm attack received the last in a series of laser…
Science
January 12

Astronomers trace brief signals to a faraway galaxy

Astronomers have traced a series of brief, enigmatic bursts of radio waves to a galaxy far, far away and indeed a long time ago —…
Science
January 12

HCMC, U to test new, simpler treatment for brain injuries

An electric stimulator, placed twice daily on a patient’s neck, could end up providing effective treatment for moderate traumatic brain injury — a disorder that…
Science
January 12
Michelle Lopez, John Kitchen's wife, tears up after the Alzheimer's pr...

Early Alzheimer's gene spells tragedy for patients, opportunity for science

Families with mutations are undergoing tests, knowingresulting treatments may come too late for them.
World
January 12
A tourist watches Gelada baboons in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia...

Scientists hear voice of ancient humans in baboon calls

Baboon grunts and mating calls may hold secrets about human speech, according to a new study suggesting that the origins of human language could reach back as much as 25 million years.
Nation
January 12

Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, a stunning transformation caused by an unrelenting series of storms in the North that filled lakes, overflowed rivers and buried mountains in snow.
Nation
January 11

Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.
Nation
January 10
This 2016 photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched b...

Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species

The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday.