World Topics

Apr 19, 2014

NASA probe slams into moon surface

NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers. LADEE’s annihilation occurred just three days after it survived a ...

Tiny nuclear plants called key to future

| Apr 18, 2014

Tiny nuclear plants called key to future

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster started, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency says. The modular plants could ...

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Apr 18, 2014

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the planet most like Earth yet detected — a distant, rocky world that is similar in size to ours and exists in the Goldilocks zone, where it is not too hot and not too cold for life. ...

Apr 15, 2014

Candy bars may help couples avoid fights

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. In fact, ...

Researchers use math to whittle away at jet lag

Apr 14, 2014

Researchers use math to whittle away at jet lag

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now researchers say that mathematical formulas suggest it is possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have ...

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

Apr 14, 2014

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed forth in the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like many Gulf ...

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Apr 14, 2014

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet, but possibly only at intervals, a study published Sunday suggests. Scientists have long puzzled over what happened to the water, the precious stuff of life, on the red planet. Unmanned spacecraft have sent home ...