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Tropical storm may delay 1st SpaceX crew's return to Earth

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 3:42pm

Tropical weather barreling toward Florida could delay this weekend’s planned return of the first SpaceX crew.

NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 1:51pm

The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.

Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 2:41pm

Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday.

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer's disease

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 11:01am

tau — and finds that one form of it called p-tau217 is a more reliable indicator. Several companies and universities have developed experimental p-tau217 tests.

France's global nuclear fusion device a puzzle of huge parts

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 8:47am

A hugely ambitious project to replicate the energy of the sun is entering a critical phase, as scientists and technicians in southern France begin assembling giant parts of a nuclear fusion device, an international experiment aimed to develop the ultimate clean energy source.

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 12:51am

The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved.

Chinese scientist charged with visa fraud appears in court

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 4:21pm

A Chinese scientist charged with visa fraud after authorities said she concealed her military ties to China in order to work in the U.S. made her first appearance Monday in federal court by video.

NASA's next Mars rover is brawniest and brainiest one yet

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 11:41am

With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover.

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test

Lauran Neergaard, Michael Hill and Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 10:57am

a decision that could influence other big companies.

Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

Lauran Neergaard and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 5:07am

The biggest test yet of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine got underway Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the U.S. government as part of the all-out global race to stop the outbreak.

Luck? Genetics? Italian island spared from COVID outbreak

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th - 2:11am

Stranded on a tiny Italian island, a cancer researcher grew increasingly alarmed to hear that one, and then three more visitors had fallen ill with COVID-19.

US agency vows steps to address COVID-19 inequalities

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 7:10am

If Black, Hispanic and Native Americans are hospitalized and killed by the coronavirus at far higher rates than others, shouldn't the government count them as high risk for serious illness?

Groups push to remove proposed funding for nuclear testing

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 4:12pm

Deep within a multibillion-dollar defense spending measure pending in Congress is an apology to New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and other states affected by radiation from nuclear testing over the decades.

Chinese researcher charged with US visa fraud is in custody

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 2:42pm

A Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application she submitted so she could work in the U.S. was booked Friday into a Northern California jail and was expected to appear in federal court Monday.

AM Prep-Cooler Copy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 1:05am

Wall Street is in the throes of a gold rush, as investors drive the price of the precious metal to new heights. The price of gold has climbed nearly 27% this year, more than double the return of the largest U.S. bond funds and towering over the roughly 1% return of big U.S. stocks. The biggest reason for the surge is fear surrounding the pandemic. No one knows how many people the new virus will ultimately kill — or how much of the world’s economy it will destroy. That sways investors toward the metal that has long been considered a safe haven for wealth in turbulent times.

Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 5:46pm

An orca known as Tahlequah, who raised worldwide concern when she carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles almost two years ago, is pregnant, scientists said.

World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study begins, a US trial that will include 30,000 people to see if shots really work

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 5:03am

World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study begins, a US trial that will include 30,000 people to see if shots really work.

Stocks give back some of July's gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th - 10:56am

Stocks closed broadly lower for the second day in a row Friday as Wall Street gave back some of its gains from a mostly solid July rally. The S&P 500 fell 0.6% and ended the week with its first weekly loss in four weeks. Technology and health care companies accounted for much of the selling, with chipmaker Intel posting the biggest drop in the S&P 500. Those losses outweighed gains by companies that rely on consumer spending, including Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants, homebuilder PulteGroup and retailers Target and Best Buy. Investors shifted money into gold, driving its price to an all-time high of nearly $1,900 an ounce. The S&P 500 dropped 20.03 points to 3,215.63. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 182.44 points, or 0.7%, to 26,469.89. The Nasdaq composite fell 98.24 points, or 0.9%, to 10,363.18.

US eyes building nuclear power plants for moon and Mars

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 3:32pm

The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that.