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Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station. A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure on Saturday was because of problems in the...

 

Iowa soon getting electric vehicle charging stations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy has announced its plans to erect fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in more than a dozen Iowa cities. The Des Moines-based energy company says it plans to build the publicly-accessible stations,...

 

Arkansan's viral feral pig post gets tweeters' potshots

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It was a legitimate question. William McNabb had watched the coverage of the two mass shootings. Twenty-two people died after a man walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and opened fire. After midnight the...

 

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The growing...

 

FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters in $46M case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails....

 

Lightning strikes kill 5, injure over 100 in Tatra Mountains

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lightning struck across the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland and neighboring Slovakia on Thursday, killing five people and injuring over 100 others in an area popular with hikers and families, authorities said. Witnesses...

 

Why we need to get back to Venus

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Just next door, cosmologically speaking, is a planet almost exactly like Earth. It’s about the same size, is made...

 

Human breast milk may help babies tell time via circadian signals from mom

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Darby Saxbe, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook,...

 

Manure and food scrap digester to make fuel for college

SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) — Construction is underway at a Vermont dairy farm on a system that will turn cow manure and food scraps into renewable natural gas to help Middlebury College meet its goal of getting 100% of its energy from renewable sources...

 

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from...

 

Girls discover science, tech during monthly library program

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It looks like a familiar scene. Children sit down opposite computer screens and tune out the world. But they weren't using social media or watching YouTube. They were coding. Once a month, young girls meet at the Bob...

 

Carlsbad Caverns creating digital map of cave system

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is creating a digital map of Carlsbad Caverns National Park to help with repairs and maintenance projects. The agency is using light detection and ranging equipment to digitally map out the entire... Full story

 

Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech

Christina Gardner-McCune, University of Florida (THE CONVERSATION) Often when I speak with students who are majoring in computer sciences, many of them tell me that they have never taken a computer science course until college. This is especially...

 

Governor brings big tech to the table after El Paso attack

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Monday for the help of big tech platforms in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a gunman who posted a racist screed online before killing 22 people at a Walmart....

 

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facilit...

 

Climate change still threatens key US river after wet winter

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Snow piled up in the mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet...

 

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from...

 

Medical students use 3D printing for girl's prosthetic hand

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — For Lily Larimer, having a "robot hand" is a great way to break the ice and play with her friends at school. Her parents say it gives her confidence and the ability to do things she otherwise wouldn't be able to do. And for...

 

Tech startup hopes to turn NASA funding into big business

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — A handful of micro assemblers spend their days peering through microscopes on the second floor of a nondescript downtown office building, tweezers in hand as they piece together components small enough to rest on the tip of a...

 

Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses. The practice was, until recently, common in the tech industry. Com...

 

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has b...

 

Shard reveals how Cyprus' ancient kingdoms managed economy

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The discovery of a small clay shard inscribed with a partial inventory of goods at a 2,500-year-old citadel suggests that Cyprus' ancient city states "more than likely" managed their economies using a homegrown system, not...

 

Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow branch and curiously twitches its saffron-colored head...

 

A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Vahe Peroomian, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (THE CONVERSATION) Many dream of wh...

 

Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials

NEW YORK (AP) — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk...

 

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