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Europe's Philae comet lander may soon begin experiments

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:16
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — European scientists are confident they'll soon be able to start experiments on the surface of a speeding comet after a spacecraft lost for months on its surface suddenly "woke up" this week.

Russian science foundation fined in foreign agent dispute

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:26
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's largest private donor supporting science has been fined for refusing to register as a foreign agent.

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 14:28
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world's largest groundwater basins.

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:40
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:33
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.

Study: The greener a state's legislator, the cleaner the air

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — States where the congressional delegation votes greener tend to have air that's cleaner, spewing less heat-trapping gas, a new study finds.

Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on German kids

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:42
BERLIN (AP) — Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a study published Monday.

Is the US starting to turn the corner on urban sprawl?

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once the signature of an era of pell-mell development, American sprawl has slowed to a crawl in recent years, a new study finds.

SpaceX announces design competition for Hyperloop

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 08:11
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire Elon Musk wants to jump-start his Hyperloop high-speed transit system.

Europe's comet lander makes 2nd contact after waking up

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:21
BERLIN (AP) — The Philae spacecraft has been in touch with Earth from a comet for the second time since waking up, though it delivered less data than on its first contact.

Kayak protesters try to stop Shell oil drill rig in Seattle

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:11
SEATTLE (AP) — Greenpeace says 13 protesters in kayaks formed a blockade to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell's drill rig from leaving Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Indonesia evacuates more villagers from volcano area

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 02:43
TANAH KARO, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in western Indonesia are evacuating more villagers living near a volcano that's been rumbling for weeks.

A timeline of comet probe's 11-year journey

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 05:11
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Sunday that its comet lander Philae has woken up from hibernation and managed to send data back to Earth for the first time in seven months. The probe went quiet on Nov. 15, three days after it was separated from its mother ship Rosetta and touched down on the city surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Nobel Prize-winning scientist says he was forced to resign

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 04:54
LONDON (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist says he was forced to resign after sexist comments drew widespread condemnation.

Comet lander Philae awakes from hibernation

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 04:38
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its comet lander Philae has woken up from hibernation.

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment encyclical

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 02:56
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying it's addressed to everyone, not just Catholics.

Scientists emerge from isolated dome on Hawaii volcano slope

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 15:05
HONOLULU (AP) — Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung unleashes new powerful burst

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 05:12
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia has unleashed a new powerful burst of volcanic ash.

House panel calls out nuke officials for repeated failures

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:10
Members of a U.S. House panel say they're frustrated with decades of security and safety lapses at the sites that make up the nation's nuclear complex.

What's ahead for Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:24
TOKYO (AP) — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.