Memorial Day Countdown: Will the Jersey Shore Be Ready?
Sometimes, numbers are the only way to tell the true tale of a disaster incomprehensible in scale and indescribable in words. For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, those numbers paint a bleak picture. The storm is estimated to have caused between $50 billion and $71 billion in damage along the Eastern Seaboard over the course of a few days.
5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid
Job seekers shouldn’t be so quick to accept the first job offer that comes their way, new research shows.
'Crazy' Ants Driving Out Fire Ants in Southeast
Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years. But another invasive species, the so-called "crazy" ant — that many describe as being worse — has arrived and is displacing fire ants in several places.
Private Mars Flyby Mission Ponders NASA & Commercial Rockets
The organizers of a private plan to send two people on a round-trip flyby of Mars in 2018 are choosing between a variety of commercial rockets and a NASA booster for the mission.
Fallout from Huge Solar Flare Sideswipes Earth Today
A huge explosion on the sun will deal Earth a glancing blow today (May 17) but should not pose a threat to the planet, scientists say.
China says EU solar duties to "seriously harm" trade ties
BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned the European Union on Thursday that imposing duties on Chinese solar panels would "seriously harm" bilateral trade ties, upping the tone of its criticism a week after the EU said it would move ahead with hefty penalties in June. The European Commission has agreed to impose average import duties of 47 percent on solar panels from China, according to officials, a move they say is to guard against the dumping of cheap goods in Europe. China's Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang said he hoped reports about the duties were unreliable. ...
Rocket blasts off from Florida carrying new GPS satellite
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned Atlas rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday to deliver an upgraded global positioning system satellite into orbit. The 189-foot (58-meter) tall rocket, built and launched by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, soared into blue skies over Florida's east coast at 5:38 p.m. EDT. ...
National Weather Service gets big computing boost
By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Weather Service is getting a quantum jump in computing power that will significantly improve its forecasting and storm tracking abilities to better protect the country from severe weather. "This is a game changer," Louis Uccellini, who took over as director of the National Weather Service in February, told Reuters in an interview, calling it "the biggest increase in operational capacity that we've ever had. ...
NASA telescope's planet-hunting days may be over
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's first telescope dispatched to hunt for Earth-like planets that may support life elsewhere in the universe has lost use of its positioning system, threatening its mission, officials said on Wednesday. Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope revolutionized the study of so-called exoplanets, with discovery of 130 worlds orbiting distant stars and 2,700 potential planets still awaiting confirmation. ...
Scientists say united on global warming, at odds with public view
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Ninety-seven percent of scientists say global warming is mainly man-made but a wide public belief that experts are divided is making it harder to gain support for policies to curb climate change, an international study showed on Thursday. The report found an overwhelming view among scientists that human activity, led by the use of fossil fuels, was the main cause of rising temperatures in recent decades. ...