World Topics

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

Apr 15, 2015

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that ...

Apr 15, 2015

Whale sets migration record, a 22,500-km Pacific round trip

A lone female Western North Pacific gray whale has set a record for long-distance migration, according to a study Tuesday. Nicknamed Varvara, the nine-year-old whale was tagged off Russia’s Sakhalin Island in 2011. She crossed from the northwestern to the northeastern side of the ...

Apr 15, 2015

Report urges ways to stay sharp as our brains age

The brain ages just like the rest of a body, says a new report that urges seniors to take steps to keep sharp. The prestigious Institute of Medicine examined what scientists know about “cognitive aging,” changes in mental functioning as we get older. This ...

Apr 15, 2015

Sierra Leone schools reopen as Ebola scare subsides

Sierra Leone’s 1.8 million children prepared Tuesday to return to school, eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Classrooms have been empty since the government announced a state of emergency last July in response to an ...

Apr 12, 2015

Canada glaciers may shrink by 70% by 2100

The glaciers of western Canada, one of the world’s most picturesque mountain regions, are likely to largely melt away over just three generations, scientists say. By 2100, the glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia are set to shrink by 75 percent in area compared ...