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Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 8:18am

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101.

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:21pm

Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales.

Benefits (and some surprising science) about owning a pet

Sandee Lamotte, CNN  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:13pm

Snuggling next to my kitties while their furry chests softly rumble is a proven antidote to the day's stress.

Skeptic of world being round dies in California rocket crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 10:59am

A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth.

Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:45am

except for limited use as assistive devices for those unable to mark a paper ballot themselves,” says Doug Jones, a University of Iowa computer scientist who co-authored the voting technology history “Broken Ballots.” ‘

Huckabuy scores $2.3 million to grow search optimization effort

Art Raymond, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:42pm

Since practically the dawn of internet search engines, one of the principal challenges for anyone, or any business, with a website has been getting that content noticed by surfers of the vast digital ether.

Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge

Aniruddha Ghosal and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:26pm

the first patient who sparks every new cluster — might signal the disease has begun spreading too widely for tried-and-true public health steps to stamp it out.

TikTok, every teenager's favorite app, just rolled out new parental controls

Kaya Yurieff, CNN Business  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:11pm

TikTok is giving parents more control over how their teens are using the app. A new feature lets parents manage their kid's activity and time spent on the platform.

Facebook will pay you up to $5 to record your voice

Jordan Valinsky, CNN  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:30pm

Facebook will pay you for your voice, but don't expect to get wealthy.

Bear that wandered yards near Los Angeles moved to forest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:48am

A big, old bear wandered a Los Angeles foothill suburb Friday, drawing curious onlookers and news media before wildlife authorities removed it.

Roman Forum find could be shrine to Rome's founder, Romulus

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:09am

Italian archaeologists unveiled to the press Friday an exciting new find from the Roman Forum, which they say could be the lost shrine dedicated some 2,600 years ago to Romulus, Rome's legendary founder and first king.

Firm wants to recover the Titanic's iconic telegraph machine

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:10pm

The salvage firm that has plucked silverware, china and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted the doomed ship's increasingly frantic distress calls.

Apple may soon let you choose Google Maps and Gmail as your default iPhone apps

Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:01pm

Apple may be about to give its customers a lot more control over their iPhones and iPads.

Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:01pm

Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74.

Utah company's biocontainment units help US coronavirus patients come home

Merritt Jewel,  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:13am

Americans infected with the coronavirus were evacuated from Japan back to the United States in biocontainment units made in Ogden.

Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Matt O'Brien and Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:09am

Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?

NASA: Katherine Johnson, a mathematician on early space missions who was portrayed in film “Hidden Figures,” has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 8:11am

NASA: Katherine Johnson, a mathematician on early space missions who was portrayed in film “Hidden Figures,” has died.

Mexico scientist accused as Russian spy held without bail

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:13pm

A Mexican scientist accused of spying for Russia in Miami will be detained without bail for now, a federal judge decided Friday.

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:11pm

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard.