Weather’s Unwanted Guest: Nasty La Nina Keeps Popping Up | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Something weird is up with La Nina, the natural but potent weather event linked to more drought and wildfires in the western United States and more Atlantic hurricanes. It’s becoming the nation’s unwanted weather guest and meteorologists said the West’s megadrought won’t go away until La Nina does. The … Read more

Global Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year, Study Finds | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with human … Read more

Astronomers Capture 1st Image of Milky Way’s Huge Black Hole | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The world’s first image of the chaotic supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy does not portray a voracious cosmic destroyer but what astronomers Thursday called a “gentle giant” on a near-starvation diet. Astronomers believe nearly all galaxies, including our own, have … Read more

Nobel Laureate and Physicist Wilczek Wins Templeton Prize | Science News

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and author renowned for his boundary-pushing investigations into the fundamental laws of nature, was honored Wednesday with this year’s prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded to individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and spirituality. In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation … Read more

How Climate Scientists Keep Hope Alive as Damage Worsens | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer In the course of a single year, University of Maine climate scientist Jacquelyn Gill lost both her mother and her stepfather. She struggled with infertility, then during research in the Arctic, she developed embolisms in both lungs, was transferred to an intensive care unit in Siberia and nearly died. … Read more

50 Years On, Apollo 16 Moonwalker Still ‘Excited’ by Space | Science News

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Fifty years after his Apollo 16 mission to the moon, retired NASA astronaut Charlie Duke says he’s ready for the US to get back to lunar exploration. Part of that effort, Duke said Friday, will come in the form of the Artemis program, which includes NASA’s … Read more

SpaceX Launches 4 Astronauts for NASA After Private Flight | Science News

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPA CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Wednesday, less than two days after completing a flight chartered by millionaires. It’s the first NASA crew comprised equally of men and women, including the first Black woman making a long-term spaceflight, … Read more

Hot Spring Forecast: Drought Deepens in West, Flooding Ebbs | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer There’s no relief in sight for the West’s record-shattering megadrought, which will likely only deepen this spring, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its seasonal outlook Thursday. But central and eastern states should be mostly spared from significant flooding. Spring is likely to be hotter than normal … Read more

US Astronaut to Ride Russian Spacecraft Home During Tensions | Science News

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPA CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – US astronaut Mark Vande Hei has made it through nearly a year in space, but faces what could be his trickiest assignment yet: riding a Russian capsule back to Earth in the midst of deepening tensions between the countries. NASA insists Vande Hei’s homecoming … Read more

Half of US Adults Exposed to Harmful Lead Levels as Kids | Science News

BY DREW COSTLEY, AP Science Writer Over 170 million US-born people who were adults in 2015 were exposed to harmful levels of lead as children, a new study estimates. Researchers used blood-lead level, census and leaded gasoline consumption data to examine how widespread early childhood lead exposure was in the country between 1940 and 2015. … Read more