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Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA said on Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service on Tuesday after a computer crash over the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.

The future of travel? A tube called Hyperloop

When asked to imagine the future of transportation, most might draw a car of the future, perhaps solar powered and autonomously driven. | Video

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Cause of Falcon rocket accident still eludes SpaceX, CEO says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - SpaceX is still homing in on why its Falcon 9 rocket exploded after liftoff last week, unable to resolve conflicting data radioed back to the ground before the explosion, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

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Teaching old dogs new tricks with 'smart harness'

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Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

- A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. | Video

Environment, U.S., Tech 04 Jul 2015

Russian cargo ship heads to space station, breaking string of failures

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off on Friday to deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station, breaking a string of launch failures, a NASA TV broadcast showed. | Video

Russia 03 Jul 2015

Genome study reveals how the woolly mammoth thrived in the cold

WASHINGTON - Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers.

02 Jul 2015

Air Force says rocket accident won’t bump SpaceX from competition

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - SpaceX can compete to launch a U.S. Global Positioning System satellite despite a Falcon 9 rocket accident this weekend, the Air Force said on Wednesday.

01 Jul 2015

Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed

WASHINGTON - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in the brain.

01 Jul 2015

I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously

WASHINGTON - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

01 Jul 2015

Young adults see cost as disadvantage of health insurance

(Reuters Health) - While many young adults are concerned about the cost of health insurance, they often don’t understand how out-of-pocket costs for care can add up, a small study suggests.