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Space Junk Harpooned Like Whale in Orbit-Cleanup Test

Space Junk Harpooned Like Whale in Orbit-Cleanup Test

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 16
A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris in orbit, hundreds of miles above Earth.

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging

By Lauran Neergaard | Feb 16
Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.

AP PHOTOS: Scientists Fine-Tune Method to Save Rhinos

AP PHOTOS: Scientists Fine-Tune Method to Save Rhinos

By Petr David Josek | Feb 16
Only two northern white rhinos exist in the world: both are female and neither can bear calves. But scientists have not given up hope of saving the species from extinction.

Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection

Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection

By Marilynn Marchione | Feb 16
Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use special soap and mouthwash for six months after going home, a study found.

Heading South: Warming to Change How U.S. Cities Feel in 2080

Heading South: Warming to Change How U.S. Cities Feel in 2080

By Seth Borenstein | Feb 15
The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds.

Study: Ancient European Stone Monuments Spread from Brittany

Study: Ancient European Stone Monuments Spread from Brittany

Feb 15
A new study suggests the practice of building huge stone monuments spread throughout ancient Europe from northwestern France.

North Korea Exploring Sanctions-Proof Energy Technologies

North Korea Exploring Sanctions-Proof Energy Technologies

By Eric Talmadge | Feb 15
Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources — tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels — that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability to sanctions.

It's a Girl! Berlin Zoo's Baby Polar Bear has 1st Checkup

It's a Girl! Berlin Zoo's Baby Polar Bear has 1st Checkup

Feb 15
Berlin's Tierpark zoo says its latest baby polar bear is "a perky, strong girl."

NASA Rover Finally Bites the Dust on Mars After 15 Years

NASA Rover Finally Bites the Dust on Mars After 15 Years

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 14
NASA's Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet.

Bloomberg Rips Trump for Not Taking Action on Climate Change

Bloomberg Rips Trump for Not Taking Action on Climate Change

By Brian Slodysko | Feb 14
Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is promoting a new documentary film on climate change, but the billionaire philanthropist says the one person he thinks should see it most likely never will because "it won't be running on Fox."

NASA About to Pull Plug on Mars Rover, Silent for 8 Months

NASA About to Pull Plug on Mars Rover, Silent for 8 Months

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 13
NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

Scientists in Hungary Protest Govt Takeover of Research

Scientists in Hungary Protest Govt Takeover of Research

By Pablo Gorondi | Feb 13
Scientists in Hungary on Tuesday protested government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom.

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop in Egypt's Sinai

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Workshop in Egypt's Sinai

Feb 13
Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula.

PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' Looks into Political Leaders' Past

PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' Looks into Political Leaders' Past

By Russel Contreras | Feb 12
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., hopes this season of his popular PBS series "Finding Your Roots" helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family links and how those family histories tell the story of the country.

NASA's Faraway Space Snowman Has Flat, Not Round, Behind

NASA's Faraway Space Snowman Has Flat, Not Round, Behind

By Marcia Dunn | Feb 12
The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a surprisingly flat — not round — behind.

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