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  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 6:07 P.M.

    EARTH PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of Earth since 1960s

    President John F. Kennedy spelled out the mission clearly in his 1961 speech committing the United States to send humans to the moon and back by the end of the …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 5:47 P.M.

    New stunning nighttime views of Earth unveiled

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth. The new images released Wednesday are courtesy …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 11:16 A.M.

    Astronaut braces for unprecedented year in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is already bracing for an unprecedented one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. He figures it will be as grueling as …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 10:56 A.M.

    Below surface, moon reveals a “shattered” history

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday. This surprising new view of the moon comes from …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012, 9:17 A.M.

    Below surface, moon is a battered, cracked heap

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday. This surprising new view of the moon comes from …


  • Astronaut, cosmonaut brace for whole year in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men who will spend an entire year together aboard the International Space Station are already bracing for a challenging mission. NASA astronaut Scott …


  • Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA, the agency that epitomized the “Right Stuff,” looks lost in space and doesn’t have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of …


  • Mars redux: NASA to launch Curiosity-like rover

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you thought NASA’s latest Mars landing was a nail-biter, get ready for a sequel. The space agency on Tuesday announced plans to launch another mega-rover …


  • NASA aims to send another rover to Mars in 2020

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA is headed to Mars — again. The space agency said Tuesday it plans to launch another mega-rover to Mars in 2020 that will be modeled …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 11:06 A.M.

    Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of ‘alien birds’

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth’s radiation belts — and they mimic the chirping of birds. NASA’s Van Allen Probes have …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 9:20 A.M.

    Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 7:49 A.M.

    Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 11:10 P.M.

    Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 3:49 P.M.

    Dinosaur skull seized from Wyoming home

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal Homeland Security Department official says a dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia. Louis …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 11:33 A.M.

    NASA: Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s long-running Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the edge of the solar system and is close to exiting it forever. Scientists have …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 9:56 A.M.

    Mars rover Curiosity: No surprise in 1st soil test

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results are in from the first test of Martian soil by the rover Curiosity: So far, there is no definitive evidence that the red planet has …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012

    Rock Doc: A truly ugly discovery

    Science often advances by fits and starts. And sometimes new discoveries lurk in dusty old drawers of samples. Such was the case at Harvard University where for about 50 years …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012, 11:22 A.M.

    Conn. neighbor: Wyoming killer was upset with dad

    VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say killed his father, a woman and himself in Wyoming on Friday told a neighbor in Connecticut weeks before the killings that …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012, 10:04 A.M.

    Carbon pollution up to 2 million pounds a second

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012, 7:28 A.M.

    Upon further review, giant sequoia tops a neighbor

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world’s No. …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012, 1:18 A.M.

    Police: Hero instructor fought son in arrow attack

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gravely wounded by an arrow fired into his head, a Wyoming college instructor still managed to wrestle with his 25-year-old son who carried out the attack …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012, 4:38 P.M.

    Police: Hero instructor fought son in arrow attack

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming community college instructor killed in a grisly classroom murder-suicide was hailed as a hero Saturday, with police saying he gave his students time to …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012, 11:14 A.M.

    Man killed father in Wyoming bow-and-arrow attack

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police released more details Saturday of a grisly murder-suicide at a Wyoming community college, saying a man shot his father in the head with a bow …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012, 11:03 A.M.

    Upon further review, giant sequoia tops a neighbor

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world’s No. …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012, 3:51 P.M.

    Police: Wyo. murder-suicide happened during class

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man wielding a sharp-edged weapon killed one person in a Casper neighborhood Friday before killing a male teacher and himself in front of students in …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012, 1:57 P.M.

    Court to decide if human genes can be patented

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether companies can patent human genes, a decision that could reshape medical research in the United States and the …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012, 12:19 P.M.

    Code used by RI founding father is finally cracked

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The obscure book’s margins are virtually filled with clusters of curious foreign characters — a mysterious shorthand used by 17th century religious dissident Roger Williams. For …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012, 12:01 A.M.

    Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster — by counting its rings, like a tree. Nobody knows …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012, 11:23 P.M.

    Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists have finally figured out how to determine the age of a lobster. Raouf Kilada (row-OOF’ kuh-LAH’-duh) of the University of New Brunswick presented his research …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012, 4:32 P.M.

    Texas cancer agency OK’d faulty $11M grant

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Leaders of Texas’ embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting effort approved an $11 million grant to a biomedical company even though the proposal wasn’t reviewed, according to an …


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