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New space debris monitoring facility set for Australia

New space debris monitoring facility set for Australia

A facility for tracking space debris is to be developed by Lockheed Martin and Australia's Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd.
Richard Tomkins
Type Ia supernovas: the zombies of the cosmos

Type Ia supernovas: the zombies of the cosmos

Scientists at the University College London have confirmed long-held theories about how a type 1a supernova comes to be.
Brooks Hays
Volcano erupts, Iceland issues then rescinds red alert

Volcano erupts, Iceland issues then rescinds red alert

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano finally erupted Friday, prompting Icelandic officials to raise the alert level to code red -- only to lower it back to orange.
Brooks Hays
You've got mites on your face, and so does everyone else

You've got mites on your face, and so does everyone else

You've got face mites! Big deal, everyone's got them. That's one of several takeaways from a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University.
Brooks Hays
Trash-burning around the world polluting atmosphere

Trash-burning around the world polluting atmosphere

A new study shows that 40 percent of the world's garbage is disposed of via unregulated and toxic trash burns -- much more than official statistics let on.
Brooks Hays
Feds list 20 new coral species as 'threatened'

Feds list 20 new coral species as 'threatened'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the protection of 20 new coral species Tuesday.
Brooks Hays
Panda fakes pregnancy to get more food [UPDATED]

Panda fakes pregnancy to get more food [UPDATED]

A panda at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center in China apparently faked her pregnancy in order to get air conditioning and extra food.
Brooks Hays
Weird 'walking' fish holds evolutionary clues

Weird 'walking' fish holds evolutionary clues

A new study of an air-breathing, land-walking species of fish suggests the ancient evolutionary transition from sea to land might not have been that difficult.
Brooks Hays
Wolf yawns are contagious

Wolf yawns are contagious

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that yawning is contagious among wolves -- just like among humans.
Brooks Hays
Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that well monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system.
Brooks Hays
Washington State's Elwha River flows free once again

Washington State's Elwha River flows free once again

With the last bits of the Glines Canyon Dam are now dislodged and destroyed, Washington State's Elwha River is flowing free for the first time in 101 years.
Brooks Hays
Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

According to psychologists at Warwick University, in the United Kingdom, the risky decisions that gamblers make are similar to the tendencies of greedy pigeons.
Brooks Hays
Newfoundland fossil is earliest evidence of muscled animals

Newfoundland fossil is earliest evidence of muscled animals

Scientists say a fossil unearthed in Newfoundland is the earliest evidence of an animal with muscles -- proof that complex animals are older than thought.
Brooks Hays
U.S. hypersonic weapon self-destructs four seconds into test

U.S. hypersonic weapon self-destructs four seconds into test

Four seconds into the launch of an hypersonic weapon, on Monday, U.S. military officials were forced to abandon the test and cue the weapon to self-destruct.
Brooks Hays
International Space Station flies through Aurora Australis

International Space Station flies through Aurora Australis

The European Space Agency (ESA) released a time-lapse video of the International Space Station (ISS) passing through the Aurora Australis or "southern lights."
Aileen Graef
European satellites in incorrect orbit

European satellites in incorrect orbit

Europe's effort to establish a GPS satellite constellation has a problem -- its first fully operational satellites were launched into an incorrect orbit.
Richard J. Tomkins
SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

A Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX exploded during a test flight over Texas.
Danielle Haynes
NEC touts its fingerprint technology

NEC touts its fingerprint technology

Fingerprint identification technology from NEC Corporation of America achieved top place in testing by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Richard Tomkins
Parched land in the drought-riddled West is actually rising

Parched land in the drought-riddled West is actually rising

New GPS measurements confirm, the ground is actually rising as water is sucked from the soil during one the West's longest and most severe droughts.
Brooks Hays
Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

A new photo from Mars, snapped by the Curiosity rover, shows a rock shaped suspiciously like a thigh bone.
Brooks Hays
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