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SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 7:17am

SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard.

Why a Utah private equity firm is investing $90M into restaurants

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Jun 4th - 4:32pm

On Thursday, Mercato Partners, a Cottonwood Heights-based private equity firm, announced a $90 million fund to back promising restaurants.

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in air hits new record high

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:50pm

The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday.

Study shows Spain far from having 'herd immunity' to virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:55pm

A second round of random testing in Spain for antibodies to the new coronavirus indicates that a third of those infected do not develop symptoms, Spanish health authorities said Thursday.

Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains

Claudia Lauer and John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:17pm

Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush.

Heart patients avoided ERs as coronavirus hit, US study says

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 3:00pm

Emergency room visits in the U.S. for chest pain and heart attacks fell early this spring, according to a study that supports fears that the coronavirus outbreak scared away people from going to the hospital.

Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean 'snot palaces'

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 9:14am

Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them — all from snot coming out of their heads.

Mark Zuckerberg tries to explain his inaction on Trump posts to outraged staff

Donie O'Sullivan and Brian Fung, CNN  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 1:29pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought on Tuesday to ease employee outrage over his inaction on incendiary remarks recently posted by President Donald Trump.

Astronauts ring opening bell for Nasdaq from space station

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:31am

The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX joined in the ringing of the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Tuesday to mark “a pivotal moment" for the space economy.

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:29am

steps that in a pre-pandemic era would have been finished first.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 2:37pm

President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality.

SpaceX captures the flag, beating Boeing in cosmic contest

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 12:54pm

The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game.

With rare candor, employees protest Facebook's Trump policy

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 12:52pm

Facebook employees are using Twitter and Facebook's internal communications tools to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot.

Kremlin: Trump tells Putin about idea for summit with Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 11:51am

U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to tell him about his proposal to convene an international summit that would involve Russia, the Kremlin said.

Locked out: UK records sunniest month on record in May

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 9:43am

Britain’s national weather agency has confirmed what most people cooped up at home during the coronavirus lockdown may have guessed — May was the sunniest month on record.

UK eases lockdown restrictions but many flout guidelines

Danica Kirka and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 4:34am

The U.K. eased more lockdown restrictions Monday despite warnings from some health officials of another spike in coronavirus infections, especially if Britons persisted in flouting the new guidelines.

SpaceX's historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 7:02am

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

Dragon-riding astronauts join exclusive inner circle at NASA

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 2:06pm

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken join NASA’s exclusive inner circle by catching a ride on a SpaceX rocket and capsule.

Dead zone prediction: Larger than average; not near record

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 9:50am

High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger than average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday.