| Feb 24, 2015
| 5:18 PM
The Amazon rainforest is fertilized in part by phosphorus from a dry lake bed in the Sahara desert, researchers say in a new report that shows how different parts of our planet are connected in deep and surprising ways.
The findings were published...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 12:10 PM
If you are turned off by "The Martian" because you have heard it has science-fiction tendencies, I urge you to reconsider.
"The Martian" by Andy Weir is an amazing novel; I could not put it down and already have plans to re-read it. The story is...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 6:21 PM
Scientists may be one step closer to understanding whether life could have formed in the methane lakes of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
This life, if it exists, would look very different from life on Earth. There is no oxygen on Titan, and the surface...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 7:45 AM
SpaceX plans to try again Sunday night to land its used rocket on an unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean after launching it into space, an experiment seen as a big step toward making space launches dramatically less expensive.
The company is...
| Feb 23, 2015
Scientists have a handle on what happens to air pollution spewing from tailpipes and smokestacks in the summer when sunlight and moisture can quickly interact with and transform key pollutants.
They know far less about what happens to those pollutants...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 5:41 PM
ISAAC turned its back on a crowd of dignitaries Monday, its bristly "head" facing the laboratory's opposite wall.
Then — with its head held absolutely still — its sleek, articulated, bowed body began to waggle slowly back and forth, back and...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 1:03 PM
A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.
The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 12:16 PM
An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:44 p.m. Thursday night carrying satellites designed to help scientists understand magnetic storms in space.
The Air Force is projecting a 70 percent chance of...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 1:10 PM
After its successful test flight in December, the Orion crew capsule is getting its heat shield stripped to ship off for more tests at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton.
At NASA Langley, the heat shield will be attached to a test article —...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 9:49 PM
A panel of administrative judges at an obscure federal agency ruled this week that a largely behind-the-scenes clash of billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeffrey Bezos can continue.
The dispute centers on a patent awarded to Bezos's Blue Origin...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 7:40 AM
Dawn has arrived. The signal was received at 5:36 a.m. PST Friday: NASA's Dawn spacecraft had successfully entered into orbit around Ceres, becoming the first NASA mission to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to go to two distinct bodies in the solar...