Science

Trump wants NASA astronauts back on the moon, but it won't happen while he's in office

The Trump administration is serious about sending robots and spacecraft back to the moon — although no NASA astronaut will set foot on the chalky lunar surface until after President Trump leaves office.  The White House released its Fiscal Year 2019 NASA budget proposal on Monday, and it confirmed the administration’s plans to prioritize space …

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice. These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs that can cut off their blood supply, …

Coming soon to US national parks: Oil and gas pipelines, thanks to Trump's new plan

The Trump administration’s big infrastructure plan, unveiled Monday, amounts to the largest rewrite of one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws in decades. It would dramatically speed up the permitting of all sorts of structures — not just roads and bridges, and even lead to the bizarre possibility that oil and gas pipelines could be …

Cyclone Gita, the strongest storm of 2018, slams tiny Pacific island nation of Tonga

What is it with islands turning into tropical cyclone magnets lately? First there was the hellish Atlantic hurricane season, when storms wiped out Domenica, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, St. John and other islands.  Now the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tonga, which juts out into the South Pacific, southwest of American Samoa, was struck on Sunday …

7 women in science who will inspire you to get serious about STEM

Women have long contributed to and transformed scientific knowledge, but they aren’t always widely recognized for their hard, brilliant work.  Now that the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (#WomenInScience) is upon us, take a moment to meet some young women just starting out in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and women …

Crumbling national parks mired in $11 billion backlog, but experts scoff at jacking up fees

Three years ago, the National Park Service banned trucks and buses heavier than 10 tons from crossing over the Arlington Memorial Bridge, a major transportation artery connecting Virginia to Washington D.C. And there’s speculation that the U.S. Secret Service now refuses to cross the 82-year-old concrete span, though the agency would not confirm whether this …