| Sep 25, 2013
| 10:07 AM
NASA engineers have built a device that uses radar to detect heartbeats in the rubble of collapsed buildings, with technology typically used to explore other planets. The FINDER device, developed with the Department of Homeland Security, could help...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:28 PM
A series of discoveries from NASA's Curiosity rover are giving scientists a picture of Mars that looks increasingly complex, with small bits of water spread around the surface and an interior that could have been more geologically mature than experts...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Planetary scientists are breathing a sigh of relief as NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars has been cleared for takeoff. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission, slated for launch as early as Nov. 18, had been put on hold after this week's...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:22 PM
Hiding among the craters in a pockmarked Martian plain lie supervolcanoes that were so powerful that their explosions left deep scars in the ground, scientists say. The first supervolcanoes ever found on Mars, described online Wednesday in the journal...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Scientists have discovered that a huge, gassy exoplanet called Kepler-7b is covered with patchy clouds of silicates that might even rain liquid rock -- even though it’s within scalding distance of its parent star.
The findings, set to be published...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:29 PM
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE — The sun is fading, the temperature is dropping and this desert party is just getting started.
They're prying open beer bottles and blasting rock music from an RV. Motorcycles rest on kickstands beside an ancient lava...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Has Comet ISON survived its suicidal flyby of the sun? Scientists expected the dirty snowball to break apart as it flew within 730,000 miles of the sun on Thanksgiving, but NASA reported Friday that its nucleus may have survived.
"As ISON appeared to...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Did Comet ISON survive its brush with the sun? Four days after the comet made its closest approach to our nearest star, the scientific consensus is "probably not."
Yes, something did survive ISON's harrowing Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun. (See...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 2:09 PM
Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX is hoping the third time is a charm in its attempt to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a telecommunications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The company had originally planned on launching the...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 2:43 PM
You could place Michael Eisen in the same league as Aaron Swartz.
Like the late Swartz, who campaigned for free public access to government publications and academic papers, UC Berkeley biologist Eisen is one of the genuine pioneers of open-access...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:40 PM
With a thunderous roar, a 224-foot rocket carrying a massive satellite launched from Cape Canaveral and blasted into outer space, hurtling over the Atlantic Ocean as it cut across the night sky.
On Tuesday, Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX lifted the SES-8...