Science

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Oct 20, 2018

European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun

Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid

Oct 12, 2018

Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface

Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov't mapped risk areas

Oct 9, 2018

An Indonesian scientist had warned of a quake and tsunami occurring in the area hard-hit by last month's disasters; the government had even mapped areas at risk of liquefaction in which soft ground turns to mud

Japan to revise northern Pacific sei whaling program

Oct 4, 2018

Japan says it will revise one of its two major research whaling programs after an international organization said bringing home and selling sei whale violates a convention protecting endangered species

Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Oct 4, 2018

A volcano has erupted on the same central Indonesian island as an earlier earthquake, but no evacuations were ordered

Japanese spacecraft drops observation device onto asteroid

Oct 3, 2018

A German-French observation device has safely landed on an asteroid after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues to the origin of the solar system

A volcano has erupted in central Indonesia on the same island as earlier earthquake, but no evacuations immediately

Oct 3, 2018

A volcano has erupted in central Indonesia on the same island as earlier earthquake, but no evacuations immediately

The Latest: Trump says US helping after devastating tsunami

Oct 1, 2018

President Donald Trump is sending his "warmest condolences" to the country of Indonesia following a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds

Quake survivors clamor to flee hard-hit Indonesian city

Oct 1, 2018

As officials began burying hundreds of dead in a mass grave, thousands of survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami converged on the airport of the heavily damaged Indonesian city of Palu and clamored to leave

Warning system might have saved lives in Indonesian tsunami

Oct 1, 2018

An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday is stalled in the testing phase