Science & Technology



Developers say proposed wind farm project could help power Anchorage, reducing strain on gas

Developers of a huge wind farm proposed for construction near Anchorage say it could help provide a much-needed boost to the area's energy needs, and will be most productive when it's most needed, when temperatures drop and demand for energy soars.

They say it could have provided 20% of the electricity used in the city during the recent extreme...Read more

Ice storms, downpours, heavy snow, no snow: Diagnosing ‘warming winter syndrome’

One of the most robust measures of Earth’s changing climate is that winter is warming more quickly than other seasons. The cascade of changes it brings, including ice storms and rain in regions that were once reliably below freezing, are symptoms of what I call “warming winter syndrome.”

Wintertime warming represents the global ...Read more


Commentary: How the planet could survive another Trump term

A second Donald Trump presidency would be a nightmare for Earth’s climate (among other things). But in the same way your immune system builds up defenses after exposure to a virus, efforts to fight global warming are stronger now than the first time Trump attacked them. But he could still do significant damage from the White House.

In his ...Read more

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Filmmaker on a mission wants to put astronaut Sally Ride statue in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is home to one. Space Center Houston is another.

Lifelike bronze statues honoring some of the most famous astronauts in history have been finding homes in the space hubs and museums of America in recent years, and documentary filmmaker Steven Barber has had a major hand in each of their ...Read more


SpaceX pushes Cape Canaveral launch to Sunday

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX is geared to send up the 12th launch from the Space Coast but held off a Saturday window to push to Sunday.

A Falcon 9 rocket is now set to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 carrying 24 of the company’s Starlink satellites during a four-hour window from 4:34-8:34 p.m.

Space ...Read more

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Historic moon lander likely on its side, but data are flowing, company official says

ORLANDO, Fla. — A day after a private company made history with a soft landing on the moon, company officials detailed what they think they know from limited data gathered and lack of imagery about the lander, including the likelihood that is on its side.

Houston-based Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander Odysseus touched down Thursday at 6:23...Read more

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Northwest Indiana residents, upset over refinery pollution, take complaints to public meeting

Bearing signs with slogans like “East Chicago demands clear air” and “IDEM, let us breathe,” nearly 100 Northwest Indiana residents and environmental advocates gathered to voice anger and frustration at BP Whiting refinery at a Thursday public meeting held by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Held on the campus of ...Read more

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Tyler Perry, fearful of AI advances, halts $800 million Atlanta film studio expansion

ATLANTA — Tyler Perry has put the kibosh on a planned $800 million expansion at his 330-acre studio in Atlanta over fears that rapid advances in video-related artificial intelligence could reduce demand for traditional filmmaking.

Last week, OpenAI unveiled its new text-to-video model Sora with sample AI-generated videos that impressed and ...Read more

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California to fight invasive plants in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with herbicide treatments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In its fight against invasive aquatic plants in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways says it will begin a regiment of herbicide treatments that will last through the end of 2024.

Agency officials announced this week that workers will start work on the ...Read more

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Editorial: Your air quality may be more dangerous than your phone is telling you. The EPA is fine with that

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent adoption of a more stringent annual limit on fine particulate matter, or soot, fulfills an overdue obligation to curb a pervasive and deadly type of air pollution that triggers asthma, heart attacks, strokes and a host of other health problems.

But the agency made a serious mistake by leaving ...Read more

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Commentary: California faces an uphill battle against plastic

Given its green bona fides, it’s no surprise that California was the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags 10 years ago. Many were hopeful that would make a dent in the plastic pollution crisis, one canvas tote bag at a time. But if you’ve been to a California supermarket recently, you may have noticed that plastic bags ...Read more

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Why it took the US 51 years to get back on the moon

For the first time since 1972, the United States is back on the moon.

At 6:23 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, Intuitive Machines Inc. landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon, becoming the first private firm to place a vehicle intact on the lunar surface.

NASA, which paid nearly $118 million for this mission, posted congratulations on the X social...Read more

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Commercial lunar lander makes it to the moon but faces communication issues

It had been 18,700 days since the U.S. last made a soft landing on the moon.

That’s when the Apollo 17 lunar lander Challenger touched down in the valley of Taurus-Littrow bringing astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on the final visit to the moon of the Apollo program. The duo arrived on Dec. 11, 1972, and left three days later. The ...Read more

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EPA raises concerns about Georgia's handling of toxic coal ash

ATLANTA — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified counterparts at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that they believe the state may be allowing Georgia Power to store toxic coal ash in ways that are “less protective” than federal standards require.

The EPA’s concerns, detailed in a letter dated February 13, ...Read more

Coast Guard launches traffic control -- for whales in Washington State´s Puget Sound

SEATTLE, Wash. —Joe Gaydos remembers the beautiful minke whale that washed up on the shore of a San Juan Island in 2022. Illuminated by a pink and orange sunrise, its injuries were consistent with a fatal strike.

"It was very clear that that whale was T-boned by the bow of a ship," said Gaydos, science director for the SeaDoc Society, a ...Read more

EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution − states need more tools to reach it

Tens of millions of Americans, including many Texans like me, live in counties that will soon be violating air pollution particle standards for the first time. It’s not that our air is getting dirtier – it’s because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just tightened its cap on the deadliest air pollutant: fine particulate matter, ...Read more

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Can a lone wolf affect the environment? Red wolf researchers have surprising data

As Ron Sutherland guides his Subaru along the roads of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, he keeps his eyes peeled.

A pair of binoculars sits in the cupholder, ready just in case he notices a red smudge dotted against the browns and tans of the refuge’s still-working farm fields, everything shaded by a golden sunrise.

“It’s 44 ...Read more

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How an endangered hawk could topple plans for WA's largest wind farm

What began as the largest wind project ever proposed in Washington — the Horse Heaven Hills wind farm — will likely soon be cut to a fraction of the original vision.


Because more than 100 of the turbines, which could stand taller than the Space Needle, might pose a danger to a little-known and endangered species in the Tri-Cities area...Read more

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After heavy storms, Death Valley is now open to kayakers: The return of ghostly Lake Manly

LOS ANGELES -- Storms pummeling Southern California have dramatically transformed Death Valley National Park, doubling the size of a vast temporary lake that is even visible to orbiting spacecraft.

Although water sports are a definite rarity for the hottest place on Earth, Park Ranger Abby Wines recently launched a small, inflatable kayak on ...Read more

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Commentary: Cement is a big part of the carbon problem. Here's how to make it part of the solution

In 2014, hundreds of Angelenos gathered downtown to watch more than 2,000 trucks pour concrete into a vast hole. During that event, Los Angeles set a world record: 80 million pounds of concrete were laid down over 18 straight hours to form the foundation for the Wilshire Grand Center, which now towers 73 stories over the city.

This material ...Read more