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NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 5:26am

It’s back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style “Right Stuff” capsule.

KSL investigates privacy, security concerns with popular social media app

Mike Headrick, KSL TV and Tania Dean, KSL TV  |  Posted May 24th - 9:17pm

It’s quite possibly the unofficial pastime of the pandemic: TikTok, the wildly popular social video app.

SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:44am

The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship — all of it white with black trim.

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

Curt Anderson and Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:34pm

The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans.

Trump to attend Wednesday's NASA astronaut launch in Florida

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:53am

President Donald Trump plans to be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade.

Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:04pm

11 days on average versus 15 days for those just given usual care. After two weeks, about 7.1% of those on the drug had died vs. 11.9% of a comparison group given a placebo, but the difference was too small to say it could not have been due to chance. Researchers will track the patients for another two weeks to see if death rates change over time.

US regulators approve new type of contraceptive gel

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:03pm

pronounced FECK’-see — comes in an applicator that women insert before intercourse. The gel made by San Diego-based Evofem Biosciences contains lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate, all of which are common food additives.

Coronavirus pandemic claims another victim: Robocalls

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:43am

Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper... Robocalls.

NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:02am

The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX’s brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons.

In Mexico City, experts find bones of dozens of mammoths

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:33am

Archaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built ’traps’ where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year.

Detective, nurse, confidant: Coronavirus tracers play many roles in Utah, US

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:19am

Health investigator Mackenzie Bray is among an army of health professionals around the world filling one of the most important roles in the effort to guard against a resurgence of the coronavirus.

In virus chaos, some find solace, purpose in helping others

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:54am

In April, as the coronavirus was ravaging New York, Susan Jones learned her older brother had been diagnosed with a blood cancer.

UK to start huge vaccine test; China reports promising hints

Maria Cheng and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:14am

British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works.

Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:15pm

In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years.

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 10:22pm

"A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study.

US begins crackdown on unvetted virus blood tests

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 3:35pm

U.S. regulators are moving ahead with a crackdown on scores of antibody tests for the coronavirus that have not yet been shown to work.

Court says dinosaur fossils worth millions aren't minerals

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 12:49pm

Dinosaur fossils aren't minerals under state law, a divided Montana Supreme Court said in a ruling Wednesday that has implications in an ongoing legal battle over the ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch.

Branson's Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 2:26pm

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.

UN seeks millions of people to counter virus misinformation

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 7:51pm

The United Nations launched a new initiative Thursday to sign up millions of “digital first responders” around the world to counter misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and spread fact-based information and advice to their networks of family, friends and followers.