NASA uses GPS to find Sierra water weight
(Phys.org) —For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada. The new results complement other satellite measurements ...
X-15 rocket plane pilot Bill Dana dies at 83
Famed research test pilot Bill Dana, who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft, has died at age 83.
FAA: Data from U-2 spy plane caused computer issue
Federal aviation officials say the air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the flight plan of a U-2 spy plane confused software that runs the system.
California faults moved quietly after Baja quake
(Phys.org) —A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude ...
Computer glitch disrupts US flights
A computer glitch at a California air traffic control center disrupted flights in the United States for about an hour Wednesday, authorities said.
Today's Antarctic region once as hot as California, Florida
Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure ...
More, bigger wildfires burning western US, study shows
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become ...
California delays decision on protecting gray wolf
A state board says it needs more time to hear from the public before deciding whether to list gray wolves as an endangered species in California.
With Facebook purchase, virtual reality grows up fast
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world.
Distant dust and atmospheric rivers increase flooding in California
Overseas dust increases the Sierra Nevada Mountains snowpack and atmospheric rivers cause it to rapidly melt, according to scientists at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their colleagues. The ...
A new ocean for the desert
As I let the air out of my buoyancy vest and slip under the water of the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 ocean, I hear a steady hum reminding me of the machinery working behind the scenes to filter the ...
'Bosch' among six new original Amazon TV shows (Update)
US online giant Amazon announced plans Monday for its own science fiction TV series and detective program based on writings of best-selling crime writer Michael Connelly for its streaming video service.
7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous
Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.
Arizona's future climate includes temps rising, water disappearing
(Phys.org) —The southwestern United States is facing an increasingly stressful future with unabated population growth, oversubscribed water resources and a hotter and drier climate. This, in a nutshell, ...