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The Latest: Elon Musk allows rides on underground tunnel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:01pm

The Latest on Elon Musk's underground tunnel (all times local):

West Jordan PayPal data center is just 1 step away from being approved

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:13pm

A vacant building in West Jordan is inching ever closer to transforming into a data center for a Fortune 250 tech company.

Aged gibbon dies unexpectedly at Santa Barbara Zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:47pm

An elderly gibbon recently transferred to the Santa Barbara Zoo from Northern California has died unexpectedly, possibly from cancer, authorities announced Tuesday.

Pence misses launch but treated to new SpaceX crew capsule

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:12pm

Vice President Mike Pence missed seeing a SpaceX rocket soar Tuesday. But he still got to view the company's new crew capsule, designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year.

Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:50am

The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.

NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:26am

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon.

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:32am

Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic."

Huge barrier isn't trapping plastic waste in Pacific Ocean

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 4:14pm

A floating device sent to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.

Farout: Scientists spot solar system's farthest known object

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 12:24pm

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout."

Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:30am

Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers. Smartwatches, for instance, have long been a nifty idea — but they've offered few tangible benefits for anyone but health and fitness enthusiasts.

Filing: FBI searched cell of man charged in scholar's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:12am

Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court.

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 8:02am

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 7:35am

An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February.

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:34pm

Just a few years ago, retailers considered smartphones the enemy of the in-store experience they were trying to create. Customers often whipped out their device to compare prices online and then walked out of the store to buy the same product elsewhere.

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:19am

Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them.

Indonesia's Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 1:22am

A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky.

Largest T. rex skeleton has new display at Chicago museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:35pm

The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is ready to go back on display at Chicago's Field Museum in a new exhibition space.

The bald eagle has landed on Arizona livestream

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:19pm

The world can get a glimpse of the daily activities of a pair of nesting bald eagles through a video camera set up at Arizona's Lake Pleasant outside Phoenix.

Universities tapping into Sioux Falls' medical tech industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:55pm

Two universities in South Dakota are teaming up to train biomedical engineers in an effort to help boost Sioux Falls' burgeoning medical technology industry.

Nations agree upon a set of rules to govern Paris climate accord after 2 weeks of UN climate talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 1:57pm

Nations agree upon a set of rules to govern Paris climate accord after 2 weeks of UN climate talks.