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NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture

NASA launched a new climate monitoring satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $916 million satellite will measure moisture levels in the top few inches of Earth's soil to improve forecasting and monitor the effects of climate events.

NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture

$916 million, three-year mission to study soil moisture in push to improve forecasting, climate change models

"Madden" video game predicts Super Bowl 2015

EA Sports simulates the Super Bowl every year, and has correctly predicted the outcome for 8 of the last 11 years. See who they predicted for Super Bowl XLIX. Vinita Nair reports.

FDA mulls release of genetically altered mosquitoes

Federal health officials are considering releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to head off two deadly diseases. But thousands of residents are uneasy about the move, signing petitions to stop the test. Molecular biologist Dr. Christie Wilcox, who blogs for Discover magazine, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" from Los Angeles with more on the mosquitoes.

An inside look at the Internet Archive

The New Yorker magazine recently featured a profile of the Internet Archive, an attempt to preserve the entire web. Nick Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" with more on the story.


State's toxic releases post 50% gain, EPA says

published about 15 hours ago
State's toxic releases post 50% gain, EPA says
The amount of toxic chemicals released in California jumped 50% in 2013 over the year before because of a surge in disposal by the state's ... more

Dot Earth Blog: A Scientist’s View of ‘Planetary Boundaries’ from the Ground Up – in Rural India

published about 22 hours ago
Dot Earth Blog: A Scientist’s View of ‘Planetary Boundaries’ from the Ground Up – in Rural India
A scientist studying rural communities in India pushes back on the value of scientists measuring planetary limits.

Chevron to Abandon Shale Venture in Poland, a Setback to Fracking Europe

published 1 day ago
Chevron to Abandon Shale Venture in Poland, a Setback to Fracking Europe
The announcement came as the energy company reported that fourth-quarter earnings fell by almost 30 percent compared with a year earlier.

Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds

published 1 day ago
Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds
An overwhelming majority, including nearly half of Republicans, back government steps to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The Times and others.

Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems

published 1 day ago
Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems
As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing ... more
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A Speck of Interstellar Dust Rebuts a Big Bang Theory

published about 17 hours ago
A Speck of Interstellar Dust Rebuts a Big Bang Theory
A team of astronomers, after saying last spring that they had found long-sought evidence for what kicked off the big bang, now concede that more ... more

My Very Educated Readers Just Served Us Some New Planet Mnemonics

published Mon, Jan 26 2015 16:07 GMT
My Very Educated Readers Just Served Us Some New Planet Mnemonics
We asked our readers to submit their own mnemonics, including the dwarf planets. Here are some of our favorites:

Millions Paid by X Prize Foundation for Progress Toward Trip to Moon

published Mon, Jan 26 2015 09:33 GMT
The X Prize Foundation paid more than $5 million to several groups for advances in landing, moving on the lunar surface and imaging.

New Phase of Space Travel Hopes to Set Sail on Sunlight

published Mon, Jan 26 2015 05:00 GMT
The Planetary Society announced that it would send the first of two small spacecraft testing the technology of solar sails into orbit in May.

Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander

published Thu, Jan 22 2015 15:34 GMT
Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander
Photographs and data from the European Space Agency craft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, 67P.