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Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast


PORTLAND, Ore. - An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday.

A space odyssey: cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

WASHINGTON - It may not be space debris, errant asteroids, supply shortages, thruster malfunctions or even the malevolent aliens envisioned in so many Hollywood films that thwart astronauts on any mission to Mars. It may be the ubiquitous galactic cosmic rays.

01 May 2015

NASA spacecraft makes crashing finale into Mercury

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - - NASA's pioneering Messenger spacecraft ended its four-year study of the planet Mercury on Thursday by crashing into the planet’s surface, scientists said.

30 Apr 2015

Jeff Bezos' rocket company test-flies suborbital spaceship

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Blue Origin, a startup space company owned by chief Jeff Bezos, launched an experimental suborbital spaceship from Texas, the first in a series of test flights to develop commercial unmanned and passenger spaceflight services, the company said on Thursday. | Video

Tech, 30 Apr 2015

FAA proposes fix for possible power loss issue in Boeing's 787

- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it would ask the operators of Boeing Co's model 787 airplanes to deactivate the plane's electrical power system periodically.

U.S., 30 Apr 2015

NASA spacecraft spots possible ice cap on Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has spotted surface features on the icy world, including a possible polar cap, images released on Wednesday show.

30 Apr 2015

Obama's BRAIN Initiative yields first study results

NEW YORK - The mouse walked, the mouse stopped; the mouse ignored a bowl of food, then scampered back and gobbled it up, and it was all controlled by neuroscientists, researchers reported on Thursday.

Politics, U.S., Tech 30 Apr 2015

Russia abandons supply mission to International Space Station

MOSCOW - Russia has abandoned a 2.6 billion ruble ($51 million) mission to supply the International Space Station, the head of the Roscosmos space agency said on Wednesday, the latest setback for the country's beleaguered space program.

Russia 29 Apr 2015

Hands free talk with global reach and style

San Francisco - Anytime, day or night, no matter which way you look, it seems you'll see someone with a smartphone in their hand. | Video

Tech 29 Apr 2015

A pigeon-size dinosaur with bat wings? Strange but true

WASHINGTON - Scientists in China on Wednesday described one of the weirdest flying creatures ever discovered, a pigeon-size dinosaur with wings like a bat that lived not long before the first birds.

China 29 Apr 2015

Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

CHICAGO - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease.