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No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas

Marcia Dunn  |  Updated Jan 19th - 4:42pm

Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars.

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

Marcia Dunn  |  Updated Jan 19th - 4:32pm

SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday.

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Christina Larson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 19th - 10:05am

killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifelines.

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Yanan Wang  |  Updated Jan 18th - 11:09pm

Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays.

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Matthew Brown and Christina Larson  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:02pm

even rainforests and peat swamps caught fire, likely changing them forever.

Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

Marcia Dunn  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:53am

Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day.

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Rod McGuirk  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:26am

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

The Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 18th - 2:20am

In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles), not 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres).

China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 18th - 1:57am

Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that has killed two people and prompted countries as far away as the United States to take precautionary measures.

Your Fitbit could help health officials predict flu outbreaks in real-time

Allen Kim, CNN  |  Posted Jan 17th - 4:18pm

That Fitbit you've been wearing could be doing a lot more than tracking your trips to the store. It may help health officials stop the flu from spreading, too.

This is your child's brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

Sandee Lamotte, CNN  |  Posted Jan 16th - 8:34pm

Taking away screens and reading to our children during the formative years of birth to age 5 boosts brain development. We all know that's true, but now science can convince us with startling images.

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out

Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans  |  Updated Jan 16th - 6:40am

Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday.

German researchers develop 1st test for new virus from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:27am

German researchers said Thursday they have developed the first diagnostic test for a new virus that has emerged in central China.

Utah activist launches campaign to save oceanic wildlife

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:56pm

Speaking to a full room at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, humanitarian activist Danny Quintana announced the launch of global education campaign to save the ocean’s wildlife on Wednesday.

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Seth Borenstein  |  Updated Jan 15th - 3:09pm

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

Rare video shows 5 mountain lions together in California

The Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 15th - 2:37pm

Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats.

Potential super-Earth found orbiting the nearest star from our sun

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:33pm

In 2016, astronomers found a potentially habitable planet called Proxima b around the star Proxima Centauri. Now, researchers have traced a second signal they believe belongs to a super-Earth orbiting the same star.

'We're expecting!': Georgia Aquarium announces baby beluga

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:32pm

The Georgia Aquarium has announced that one of its beluga whales is a mother-to-be.

Astronaut completes spacewalk without helmet camera, lights

Marcia Dunn  |  Updated Jan 15th - 12:20pm

Spacewalking astronauts had to make do with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet Wednesday while performing critical battery work outside the International Space Station.