Science & Technology



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As alpine glaciers melt, the corpses of long-lost climbers keep popping out of the ice

In late June, as a group of mountaineers descended a treacherous glacier high in the Peruvian Andes, they spotted a dark, out-of-place lump resting on the blinding white snow.

When they approached, they realized it wasn’t a rock, as they had initially assumed.

It was a corpse.

When they got a little closer, they could tell from the out-of-...Read more


Rocket used to carry astronauts fails on uncrewed satellite mission

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, which carries astronauts to the International Space Station, experienced a rare failure Thursday night after blasting off from Vandenberg Space Force Base on an uncrewed mission.

The rocket, which had a payload of 20 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink internet network, took off without incident ...Read more

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Five things to know about the AT&T data breach

AT&T says calls and text message records for tens of millions of the phone service provider’s customers were exposed in a massive data breach two years ago.

The company announced Friday that nearly all of its mobile phone customers’ information was exposed over the course of months in 2022. The data stolen includes “records of calls and ...Read more

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DNA tests confirm shark that bit California swimmer was juvenile white shark

SAN DIEGO — A shark that bit a swimmer in Del Mar last month, leaving the man hospitalized with significant wounds, was a juvenile white shark, likely around 9 feet long and 6 to 8 years old.

That determination came from analyzing DNA left on a wetsuit worn by the swimmer on June 2, and bite marks on the fabric, said Chris Lowe, director of ...Read more

Can rattlesnakes really climb trees in California? Swim? Here's what experts say

SACRAMENTO, Fla. — You’re enjoying the evening breeze in your California backyard when you notice something dark and scaly slithering up a tree branch.

Startled, you take a second look — and catch a glimpse of an arrow-shaped head with a flickering tongue.

Could that really be a rattlesnake?

“This is normal behavior,” said ...Read more


In a first, sea rise kills off a Florida Keys species. Scientists fear it won't be the last

MIAMI — Key Largo has a new, disturbing and first-of-its-kind graveyard. There are no headstones, no burial markers, no names, no bodies.

It’s the last place an incredibly rare species of tree called the Key Largo tree was seen alive, back in 2023. The killer? All the clues point to climate change.

At least, that’s what a newly published...Read more

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ZeroEyes raises $53 million, employs over 150 as demand for gun scans grows

At a 24-hour computer center in Conshohocken, technicians for ZeroEyes monitor software tied to surveillance cameras in 42 states, checking automated reports of possible guns where they aren’t supposed to be, and other security threats to crowds of commuters, students, and other groups.

The seven-year-old company, whose five founders include ...Read more

Lead poisoning continues to impact bald eagle populations in Pennsylvania and beyond

PITTSBURGH — Reports of bald eagles dying from lead ammunition poisoning continue as populations of the formerly endangered bird soar.

Bald eagle exposure to the pesticide DDT caused potential extinction a half century ago. And while the birds are no longer endangered and populations are still increasing, researchers say lead poisoning is ...Read more

What do storm chasers really do? Two tornado scientists take us inside the chase and tools for studying twisters

Storm-chasing for science can be exciting and stressful – we know, because we do it. It has also been essential for developing today’s understanding of how tornadoes form and how they behave.

In 1996 the movie “Twister” brought storm-chasing into the public imagination as scientists played by Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton raced ...Read more

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Commentary: California will finally have indoor heat standards for workplaces -- with a cruel exception

A state board recently voted unanimously to create long-awaited indoor heat standards for California workers. After a final legal review, that will mean protections for millions of people with jobs in warehouses, kitchens and other workplaces that are getting dangerously hot as the climate warms.

The board made one glaring exception, however �...Read more

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With nests on telephone poles, once-endangered osprey are flying high in Illinois

CHICAGO -- Wildlife biologist Chuck Rizzo climbs into what looks like an enormous white bucket and slowly begins to rise.

The metal arm of an aerial lift truck propels him higher and higher, above thick underbrush and then even some treetops, toward a striking sight in an otherwise ordinary Cook County, Illinois, forest preserve: a sturdy, ...Read more

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DWP ratepayer advocate predicts fee increases, recommends delaying city's 100% clean energy timeline

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles residents and businesses will face higher electric bills as the Department of Water and Power transitions to 100% clean energy, according to a report by the city's Office of Public Accountability.

Monthly bills could rise 7.7% annually in the coming years if the city sticks to its goal of 100% clean energy by 2035, ...Read more

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Scientists know rising seas will one day swallow this Jersey Shore climate research center

The only way to visit Ken Able's office is to traverse Great Bay Boulevard, a narrow, five-mile long road in Tuckerton, New Jersey, that crosses a network of brackish tidal marshes via a series of wood bridges.

The boulevard, nominally protected from erosion by a border of reeds and groundsel shrubs, had flooded on a recent day.

Undeterred, a ...Read more

Can humanity address climate change without believing it? Medical history suggests it is possible

Strange as it may seem, early germ theorists could tell us a lot about today’s attitudes toward climate change.

While researching for a new book about the history of emerging infections, I found many similarities between early debates over the existence of microbes and current debates over the existence of global warming.

...Read more

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Power-guzzling AI to drive ESG debt sales, Morgan Stanley says

The global artificial intelligence frenzy is driving demand for energy-intensive data centers, which could end up being a factor that boosts sales of green debt in the U.S., according to Morgan Stanley.

Sales of ESG-linked bonds in the U.S. have plunged over the last few years as Republicans push back on ESG investing and investors fret over ...Read more

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This bear may pave the way for new wildlife crossings

LOS ANGELES — A bear taking the scenic route around Southern California may help researchers learn how wild animals cross freeways to get from one habitat to the next — and how they might be kept out of your backyard.

Known to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as Yellow 2291, the adult female black bear wandered into a trap ...Read more


Boeing's Starliner astronauts put 'trust' in decision makers before return to Earth

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams spoke with media for the first time since arriving at the International Space Station on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner last month as they await more tests on the vehicle that suffered thruster and leak issues after launch.

NASA and Boeing teams continue to re-create the issues on the ground before ...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Is there a ‘best wireless plan’?

I received an email from a reader asking which cell carriers had the best plan for senior citizens.

Wow is that a loaded question.

My first suggestion would be to do some internet searching. You can find a lot of web articles touting the best plans for seniors in 2024. There are some great comparisons to be found at sites like CNET and ...Read more

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Gadgets: Work headsets

This work headset is all-in-one, except for those wanting a little more variety.

This one is not as big and bulky as other work headsets. That's what you get with the EKSAtelecom S30 open-ear air conduction true wireless headset, which features advanced AI technology and a long battery life.

Since it's truly wireless, you get two earpieces (...Read more


Review: ‘Rabbids: Legends of the Multiverse’ adds strategic twists to a tower defense game

The Rabbids are one of Ubisoft’s most malleable characters. They can fit in nearly any type of game and become agents of chaos or fun-loving protagonists. They have given a hand to Nintendo’s legendary heroes. They’ve been party games and sent flying in space.

In their latest adventure, one intrepid Rabbid goes on a multidimensional ...Read more