QUITO, July 3- It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between politics,...» Read More
PARIS— Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris. In a submission to the U.N., China repeated an earlier pledge to achieve a peak in emissions around 2030 and...
On Tuesday night, scientists will add one "leap second" to the world's clocks, and computer systems everywhere are bracing for its effects.
There are acres of green turf around the country, but lawn maintenance has stirred a debate about its environmental impact.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea. A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC said that's routine. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates there...
Authorities in Alaska are reporting a high number of ongoing wildfires that are posing a new threat to homes.
About 150 robotics companies have sprung up in Massachusetts as the state rivals Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh for industry supremacy.
Powering small devices with solar energy, including wearables, medical devices, and the Internet of Things is more feasible with new circuit.
GROTON, Conn.— A once-secret submarine in U.S. military research and expeditions is being celebrated for its advanced technology, exploration of the ocean floor and role as a workhorse. The nuclear-powered NR-1 launched in 1969, the same year the U.S. put a man on the moon, and was taken out of service in 2008. It is now on display, minus some of its parts, at Submarine...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the...
Automatic generic-drug substitution poses several big problems, says NYU Professor Melissa Schilling.
The artificial neural network that tags faces and objects in photos makes surprisingly inventive images.
The report comes as Republicans in Congress seek to undo the administration's environmental policies, including an expected plan by the EPA to target coal-fired power plants, and days after Pope Francis issued a stern warning about global warming's consequences, especially for the poor and underdeveloped nations. The White House report is part of a...
Stanford researchers say the now daily earthquakes in Oklahoma are not caused by fracking itself, but by a related activity.
CNBC's Meg Tirrell explains what the microbiome is and why it's medicines new frontier.
Scientists used the DNA found in illegally hunted elephant tusks to help African law enforcement agencies track ivory poachers.
Fmr. NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw, shares his greatest life lessons and biggest surprises, after the diagnosis and treatment for multiple myeloma, which is an incurable but treatable cancer.
Despite new FDA rules meant to clarify labels on sunscreen, many people do not understand what they're doing with it.
Tropical Storm Bill is Texas's second battle with storms in 2015, on the heels of deadly floods in May.
Practical majors like pharmaceutical marketing are exploding. But here's why they're not all that, says one Wharton professor.