News: Science

El Salvador Plans To Use Electricity Generated From Volcanoes To Mine Bitcoin
Joe Hernandez | June 11, 2021
A sign at a store in El Zonte, El Salvador, advertises that it accepts bitcoins for payment.Stanley Estrada | AFP via Getty Images The president of El Salvador announced Wednesday that the country's state-run geothermal energy utility would begin using power derived from volcanoes for Bitcoin mining. The announcement on ...
What Causes The Northern Lights? Scientists Finally Know For Sure
Joe Hernandez | June 10, 2021
The northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminate the sky over Reinfjorden in Reine, on Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle in 2017.Jonathan Nackstrand | AFP via Getty Images Nothing can ruin our joy in the aurora borealis, or northern lights, those ribbons of blue, green and violet light that cascade from ...
A Group Of Gray Whales Survives Die-Off With An Annual Detour To Puget Sound
Bellamy Pailthorp | June 9, 2021
The gray whale known as Dubknuck has been coming to Puget Sound since 1991. Scientists believe a small pod of these whales has survived several die off events by developing a new feeding strategy.Parker Miles Blohm | KNKX If you take a beach walk in springtime around Whidbey or Camano ...
The Drought In The Western U.S. Is Getting Bad. Climate Change Is Making It Worse
Lauren Sommer | June 9, 2021
Warmer temperatures are leading to emptier reservoirs across the West, such as Lake Oroville in Northern California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images By almost every measure, the drought in the Western U.S. is already one for the record books. Almost half the country's population is facing dry conditions. Soils are parched. ...
Dinosaur Found In Australia Was 2 Stories Tall And The Length Of A Basketball Court
James Doubek | June 8, 2021
Australotitan cooperensis is the new species confirmed by paleontologists in Australia. It's the biggest dinosaur discovered in Australia.Vlad Konstantinov and Scott Hocknull | Eromanga Natural History Museum Researchers in Australia have confirmed the discovery of Australia's largest dinosaur species ever found. Australotitan cooperensis was about 80 to 100 feet long ...
Carbon Dioxide, Which Drives Climate Change, Reaches Highest Level In 4 Million Years
Eric McDaniel | June 7, 2021
This 2019 photo provided by NOAA shows the Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory in Hawaii. Measurements taken at the station in May 2021 revealed the highest monthly average of atmospheric carbon dioxide in human history.Susan Cobb | NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere reached ...
NASA Spacecraft Made A Flyby Visit To The Largest Moon In The Solar System
Joe Palca | June 7, 2021
The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is pictured with Jupiter in a photo by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 3, 2000. NASA's Juno mission got close to Ganymede on Monday.NASA | Getty Images Updated June 7, 2021 at 2:08 PM ET Jupiter's moon Ganymede had a visitor from Earth on ...
California Approves A Pilot Program For Driverless Rides
Dustin Jones | June 5, 2021
Cruise, a self-driving car service out of San Francisco, was granted a driverless vehicle permit for the state's autonomous vehicle pilot program.Cruise, LLC The California Public Utilities Commission announced Friday that Cruise, a self-driving car service out of San Francisco, has been authorized to participate in the state's first pilot ...
United Airlines Wants to Revive Supersonic Travel. But What About Climate Change?
Joe Hernandez | June 3, 2021
An illustration of the Overture supersonic airliner designed by the Boom Supersonic company of Denver, Colo. United Airlines announced it will purchase 15 of the planes for commercial passenger service.United Airlines United Airlines announced Thursday that it will purchase 15 supersonic airliners from a Denver-based startup that would fly 65 ...
Endangered Right Whales Are Shrinking. Scientists Blame Commercial Fishing Gear
Eve Zuckoff | June 3, 2021
Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service approach a young North Atlantic right whale in order to disentangle it. New research shows whales with severe entanglements in rope and fishing gear are experiencing stunted growth, and body lengths have been decreasing since 1981.NOAA News Archive 011811 North Atlantic right whales now grow ...