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Spacewalkers to replace failed computer outside space station


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace a failed computer that serves as a backup to critical control systems, including the outpost's solar panel wings.

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought, study shows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday.

22 Apr 2014

Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness

LONDON - Sun seekers who leave northern Europe for warmer climes are marginally less happy than those left behind, a study found.

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First U.S. drone research center will focus on soil studies: FAA

WASHINGTON - The first of six U.S. test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will start flight operations during the week of May 5, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

U.S., 21 Apr 2014

Meteor lights up night sky in northern Russia

MOSCOW - Russians with smartphones and dashboard cameras captured footage of a meteor that flashed across the night sky near the Arctic Circle over the weekend.

World, 21 Apr 2014

'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the experimental humanoid robot aboard that one day may be used in a spacewalk.

20 Apr 2014

NASA robotic spacecraft ends mission with crash into the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - A robotic U.S. spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface early on Friday, NASA officials said.

18 Apr 2014

In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

WASHINGTON - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals.

17 Apr 2014

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

Health 17 Apr 2014

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

17 Apr 2014

California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

SACRAMENTO, California - A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal.