Science

  • 11:11am Jul 30, 2013
    Science Science

    For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

    Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.
  • The Ivanpah solar project in California's Mojave Desert will be the largest solar power plant of its kind in the world.
    Josh Cassidy / KQED
    12:33pm Jul 29, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
  • Louisiana coastline, 2011
    NOAA
    11:49am Jul 25, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands

    Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects it from hurricanes and other disasters. The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry Wednesday, arguing they are responsible for a big part of the problem.
  • Biologists normally look for the hellbender slamander, which is known by the nickname "snot otter," under rocks in streams. But now there's a gentler way: They can take water samples and look for traces of the animals' DNA.
    Robert J. Erwin / Science Source
    7:34pm Jul 24, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA

    Biologists have discovered they can track hard-to-see species in streams, ponds and even the ocean by sampling the water for DNA. Scientists say the technique is an important conservation tool: So far, it's been used to track declining giant salamanders and even locate a rare whale.
  • The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a rare species found only in a few small areas high up in Nevada's Spring Mountains.
    Corey Kallstrom / USFWS
    7:10pm Jul 23, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

    The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is found only in a couple of small patches high in Nevada's Spring Mountains. But the Carpenter 1 fire, which has been raging through the area since July 1, is threatening the land and scientists fear the fire could push the butterflies into extinction.
  • The moon, seen from the International Space Station, on July 31.
    NASA
    6:50pm Jul 20, 2013
    National National Science

    One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

    Two members of Congress want to preserve artifacts from American lunar missions with a national park on the moon, but there are some international hurdles to jump. Still, Space Policy Institute director Dr. Scott Pace says the bill raises intriguing questions about what the future of human-space interaction will look like.