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WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study.
Scientists will soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which found the elusive Higgs Boson. They're promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is poised to send four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say there may be an ocean lurking below on the biggest moon in the solar system.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian mission control says a Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan after the trio spent nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say there may be hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fossils of a wacky-looking, 7-foot-long sea creature are providing new clues about how limbs developed in the family of animals that includes lobsters, crabs, scorpions and insects.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report says California faces a greater than 99 percent chance of being rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has taken off from Muscat, Oman, bound for India on the second leg of its historic round-the-world trip.
LONDON (AP) — British singer Sarah Brightman is working with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber to create a song she will perform from space when she blasts off to the International Space Station later this year.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Swiss pioneers are attempting to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane without a drop of a fossil fuel. Here's a look at the plane and pioneers behind it:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just after dawn on Monday, Swiss pioneers will embark on the first round-the-world trip ever attempted with a solar-powered plane.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The first comprehensive report into the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has revealed that the battery of an underwater locator beacon had expired more than a year before the plane vanished in March 2014.
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly a year has passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern times. Since then, search crews have taken to air, land and sea in a thus-far fruitless hunt for the plane and the 239 people who disappeared with it.
BEIJING (AP) — China's severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country's closely watched annual legislative meeting this week, as leaders try to ease public worries about air, water and soil contamination that threatens to derail China's economic rise.
BEIJING (AP) — A popular documentary about China's environmental woes that has been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the past week has been removed from Chinese websites.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The European Union has formally submitted its planned contribution to a U.N. climate pact, pledging to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a Sacramento woman donated a kidney to a stranger, she set off a series of organ swaps that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America.