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  • How long can the ISS crew last without new supplies?

    WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday was supposed to deliver 4,000 pounds of supplies and payload to the International Space Station. It never made it,…

  • Marking the first ‘Asteroid Day’

    WASHINGTON — Tuesday, June 30, 2015 is the first “Asteroid Day.”  Asteroid Day is a “global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do…

  • Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket’s dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it’s time for “Rocket Science CSI.” After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring…

  • Warmer water, more crowded beaches contributing to shark attacks

    WASHINGTON — It’s the time of year to roll out the beach blanket, plant the umbrella and dash into the ocean water. But after seven reported shark attacks along the Carolina coast this month, beachgoers…

  • Scientists: Dormant black hole coming back to life

    WASHINGTON – Well, this could ruin your whole Monday: A black hole that had gone dormant in 1989 has reawakened, the European Space Agency says. The ESA says they’ve started detecting “an exceptional outburst of…

  • June 30 will be 1 second longer

    WASHINGTON — June 30 will be a slightly longer than a typical summer day, not because of the Summer Solstice, which occurred June 21, but because of the need to adjust the Earth’s clock by…

  • Idaho aquifer decline could hinder radioactive monitoring

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A continued drop in underground water levels could make it more difficult to monitor the movement of radioactive contamination in an aquifer below an eastern Idaho nuclear facility, scientists say. Researchers…

  • High schoolers’ experiment lost again on launch failure

    Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more importantly about determination, as they…

  • SpaceX launch ends in failure, rocket erupts

    An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and the first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments.…

  • Pope applauds ecology advocates in Rome from many religions

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our “common house.” Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo…

  • New questions about why more women than men have Alzheimer’s

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to live longer than men. What else may…

  • SpaceX capsule to deliver new parking spot for space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia. Besides food and…

  • Beaver attacks 2 Oregon men who climbed on top of dam

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — A beaver protecting its dam attacked two central Oregon men, who fell into a river and got taken to the hospital. Sgt. William Bailey of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says…

  • Arrested protesters post bail, return to Hawaii mountain

    HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters arrested while preventing construction of a giant telescope posted bail and were returning to the Hawaii mountain they say they’re protecting from desecration. Hundreds of protesters who flocked to the Big…

  • Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium announces newly hatched penguin

    CHICAGO (AP) — A newly hatched penguin chick is on exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium announced that the rockhopper penguin chick hatched on June 9, when it weighed about 2 ounces. Aquarium officials…