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Next Generation of GPS Satellites Are Headed to Space

Next Generation of GPS Satellites Are Headed to Space

By Dan Elliott | Dec 17
After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

Scientists Scour WWI Shipwreck to Solve Military Mystery

Scientists Scour WWI Shipwreck to Solve Military Mystery

By Christina Larson | Dec 17
A hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine.

Idaho Test Reactor is Pivotal in U.S. Nuclear Power Strategy

Idaho Test Reactor is Pivotal in U.S. Nuclear Power Strategy

By Keith Ridler | Dec 17
A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.

Eyes in the Sky Capture Carbon, Other Climate Culprits

Eyes in the Sky Capture Carbon, Other Climate Culprits

By Frank Jordans | Dec 16
A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

Photos from Japan Space Rovers Show Rocky Asteroid Surface

Photos from Japan Space Rovers Show Rocky Asteroid Surface

By Mari Yamaguchi | Dec 16
Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year.

Artificial Intelligence's Rise Exposes Gaping Gender Gap

Artificial Intelligence's Rise Exposes Gaping Gender Gap

By Matt O'Brien | Dec 15
The challenges of making the technology industry a more welcoming place for women are numerous, especially in the booming field of artificial intelligence.

Scary Warming at Poles Showing Up at Weird Times, Places

Scary Warming at Poles Showing Up at Weird Times, Places

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 15
Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

By David Weintraub | Dec 15
Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. Is the star's biblical description a pious fiction, or does it contain some astronomical truth?

Texas Report Says 'Changing Climate' Intensifying Disasters

Texas Report Says 'Changing Climate' Intensifying Disasters

By Paul J. Weber | Dec 15
Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Washington Governor Proposes Major Steps for Orca Recovery

Washington Governor Proposes Major Steps for Orca Recovery

By Gene Johnson | Dec 15
With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover.

Anti-LGBTQ Republican Sparks Pushback After Vaccine Comment

Anti-LGBTQ Republican Sparks Pushback After Vaccine Comment

By Kimberlee Kruesi | Dec 14
A Tennessee physician recently elected to Congress received criticism Thursday from top state leaders for alleging without evidence that vaccines may cause autism.

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space in Test

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space in Test

By John Antczak | Dec 14
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space.

Renewed Battle over Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

Renewed Battle over Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 14
Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies.

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

By Jennifer Kay and Lauran Neergaard | Dec 13
American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

By Mike Stobbe | Dec 13
A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported.

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