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Crowdfunding project aims to save Neil Armstrong's spacesuit

July 20, 2015 9:10 am | by BRETT ZONGKER, The Associated Press | Comments

The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon....

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Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

July 20, 2015 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has joined a Russian billionaire to launch a major new effort to listen for aliens in the search for extraterrestrial life....

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Russian scientists squeezed by sanctions, Kremlin policies

July 20, 2015 9:07 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of Russian scientists say companies abroad are refusing to sell them scientific equipment they need to do their work and Western publications are curtly turning down their research papers. The reason, they believe, is a combination of sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine...

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California universities battle over Alzheimer's research

July 20, 2015 9:05 am | by Los Angeles Times | Comments

One university's effort to poach a star faculty member at another Southern California university has devolved into a legal battle that some fear may impede Alzheimer's disease research...

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

July 20, 2015 9:04 am | by COLLIN BINKLEY, The Associated Press | Comments

With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday....

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Uber vs. de Blasio in fight over access to NYC streets

July 20, 2015 9:03 am | by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press | Comments

A dispute is simmering between the ride-booking service Uber and Mayor Bill de Blaiso's City Hall, an increasingly pitched disagreement playing out on smartphones, over the airwaves and in the press over a fundamental question: Who controls access to the streets of the nation's largest city?

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University of Michigan opens test "city" for autonomous cars

July 20, 2015 8:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automakers and researchers say a new simulated city at the University of Michigan could help speed the development of driverless and connected cars...

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SpaceX says 2-foot strut snapped, brought down rocket

July 20, 2015 8:22 am | by Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX suspects a 2-foot steel strut snapped inside its rocket and led to last month's launch accident at Cape Canaveral, Florida...

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Abundance of elements in the Earth dictate whether plate tectonics can happen

July 20, 2015 8:17 am | by Julie Cohen, University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone — a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. An ideal distance from a home star — in Earth’s case, the sun – this habitable zone, as it is also known, creates optimal conditions that prevent water from freezing and generating a global icehouse or evaporating into space and creating a runaway greenhouse...

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Munitions systems specialists arm the 'ultimate battle plane'

July 17, 2015 2:17 pm | by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs | Comments

Without the munitions systems specialists of the 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, the AC-130U Spooky would have difficulty completing its close air support mission, to include supporting troops in contact, convoy escort and single point air defense...

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Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

July 17, 2015 11:20 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | Comments

A solar cell that produces fuel rather than electricity. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and FOM Foundation today present a very promising prototype of this in the journal Nature Communications. The material gallium phosphide enables their solar cell to produce the clean fuel hydrogen gas from liquid water...

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Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident

July 17, 2015 11:12 am | by Justin Prichard, Associated Press | Comments

Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time...

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Hitchhiking robot embarking on coast-to-coast tour across US

July 17, 2015 11:06 am | by Collin Binkley, The Associated Press | Comments

With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start a hitchhiking journey across the U.S...

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After 85-year search, massless particle with promise for next-generation electronics found

July 17, 2015 10:56 am | by Princeton University | Comments

An international team led by Princeton University scientists has discovered Weyl fermions, an elusive massless particle theorized 85 years ago. The particle could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of its unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal, according to new research...

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How artificial intelligence is changing economic theory

July 17, 2015 10:11 am | by Leah Burrows, Harvard University | Comments

A century of economic theory assumed that, given their available options, humans would always make rational decisions. Economists even had a name for this construct: homo economicus, the economic man...

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