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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.

Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists 23 Apr 2014

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.


Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought, study shows 22 Apr 2014

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.


Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness 23 Apr 2014

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

First U.S. drone research center will focus on soil studies: FAA 22 Apr 2014

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.

Meteor lights up night sky in northern Russia 21 Apr 2014

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.


'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station 20 Apr 2014

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.

NASA robotic spacecraft ends mission with crash into the moon 18 Apr 2014

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.


In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed 17 Apr 2014

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


In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults 17 Apr 2014

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.


FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.