Rebecca’s Recent Stories
Nation Apr 18The life of the linemen who keep your lights on
On a bitterly cold March morning in Denver, snow was forecast to start falling any minute. Time for Kevin Hinrichs and his crew to head out on the job.
Science May 14See the strange creatures NOAA found at the bottom of the sea
Each year, the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer maps an area of the seafloor the size of West Virginia. When compared to the total Atlantic Ocean, which spans 41 million square miles, West Virginia’s not so large. But the…
Science Mar 18How a St. Patty’s Day solar storm turned on the Northern Lights
When a wave of charged particles and magnetic field from the sun hits the Earth, the planet becomes a neon light bulb.
Science Mar 17Massive solar storm sparks dazzling northern lights for St. Patrick’s Day
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, look up at the sky tonight for a spectacular light show. Two coronal mass ejections from the Sun on March 15 hit the Earth Tuesday, generating a severe geomagnetic storm. The storm has caused…
Science Mar 13Why Math geeks are so excited about March 14, 2015, at 9:26:53
Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers. And this year marks a once-in-a-century occurrence. Saturday at 9:26:53 a.m. the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53. That’s 10 digits of pi.
Science Mar 12Large Hadron Collider gears up to find dark matter, new particles in its second run
After two years of upgrades and repairs, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland fires up again this month. This time it’s moving at twice the energy, looking for dark matter and exotic new particles.
Science Mar 09How not to raise a narcissist
Think telling your children they're special will help them reach higher, work harder and bravely pursue their dreams? Maybe. But you might also be making them narcissists.
Nation Mar 09Are you celebrating Pi Day?
Saturday, March 14, is a special holiday for math-lovers. Known as Pi Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the mathematical constant pi. This irrational number is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its radius, and it starts with 3.1415926535897...the…
Science Mar 06Timeline: Dawn spacecraft glides into orbit of dwarf planet Ceres
After spending nearly eight years floating through deep space, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft finally reached its destination Friday, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt called Ceres.
Science Mar 04This jawbone may change everything we know about early human history
Human evolution had a nice clear line from Lucy 3.2 million years ago to Homo habilis to Homo erectus and finally Homo sapiens -- us. Or so it seemed. A new jawbone shows that humans evolved earlier than we thought,…