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Spacewalking astronauts plug leak, finish fixing detector

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts plugged a leak in a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Saturday, completing a series of complex repairs to give the instrument new life. The $2 billion Alpha Magnetic...

 

Wild horse named Picasso attracts ardent photographers, fans

SAND WASH BASIN, Colo. (AP) — They all have a story about Picasso, now the most famous wild horse in America, as if the old pinto was putting on a show just for them. It might be the first time they saw the tri-color mustang galloping across the...

 

Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Tom Corringham, University of California San Diego (THE CONVERSATION) Ask people to name the world's largest river, and most will...

 

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station....

 

The big lesson from the Bezos hack: Anyone can be a target

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You may not think you're in the same league as Jeff Bezos when it comes to being a hacking target. Probably not, but you — and just about anyone else, potentially including senior U.S. government figures — could still...

 

Chicago woman is 2nd US patient with new virus from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness,...

 

Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from the U.S. Treasury chief, saying Friday his comments have "of course no effect" on her and fellow campaigners. The 17-year-old Swedish...

 

The serious consequence of exercising too much, too fast

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Every 365.25 days, when the Earth completes a full orbit around the Sun, we humans have the opportunity to hit the...

 

Too soon to tell if new virus as dangerous as SARS cousin

The new virus from China has the world on edge because it's a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it's too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from...

 

Why your zodiac sign is probably wrong

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) I was born a Capricorn (please don't judge me), but the Sun was in the middle of Sagittarius when I was born. As a...

 

Brazilian piano legend plays again thanks to 'magic' gloves

SAO PAULO (AP) — Days before Christmas, acclaimed pianist João Carlos Martins ran to a Sao Paulo bar to show off his new gloves to friends. They were seemingly magical, enabling the 79-year-old to play songs with both hands for the first time in...

 

Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the...

 

Science Says: What to know about the viral outbreak in China

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new virus that originated in China. Governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers from central China and taking other steps to try to control the...

 

Facebook to add 1,000 UK jobs, including tech, content roles

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday it plans to hire 1,000 more staff in Britain, mainly for its technology and harmful content teams. The U.S. tech company said Tuesday that it will add the new roles by the end of the year, bringing its U.K....

 

Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is holding its ground in the streaming wars, passing its first big test since Apple and Disney launched rival services. The company added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing...

 

Coming around again: Famous ice disk seems to be re-forming

What goes around comes around. An ice disk appears to be forming in the same Maine river where an unusually large one formed last winter and quickly gained international fame. The City of Westbrook tweeted an aerial view of the disk in the...

 

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Australia's unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the...

 

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies...

 

Migration routes are an energy, environmental balancing act

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — It's 35 degrees outside. About nine mule deer shuffle through the bitter waters of Fremont Lake. A buck shakes, sending droplets of water flying. He pauses to look back at the herd trailing behind him and then trudges ahead,...

 

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the...

 

Grant to make Marshall's history app more accessible

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A history app founded by Marshall University has received a nearly $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve accessibility for users who are visually impaired. The app, called Clio, allows...

 

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Byron Reeves, Stanford University; Nilam Ram, Pennsylvania State University, and Thomas N. Robinson, Stanford University (THE...

 

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of...

 

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Australia's unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the...

 

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

TOMALI, Malawi (AP) — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African...

 

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