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Chinese Moon Probe Returns to Earth

published less than 1 hour ago
Chinese Moon Probe Returns to Earth
A Chinese moon probe came screaming back to Earth Friday (Oct. 31), just as many folks were heading out to go trick-or-treating.

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Caps Terrible Week for Commercial Spaceflight

published less than 1 hour ago
Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Caps Terrible Week for Commercial Spaceflight
The bad news began on Tuesday (Oct. 28), when Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket exploded just seconds after blasting off on an unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Then, on Friday (Oct. 31), Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight; Virginia-based Orbital Sciences holds a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to make eight robotic cargo runs to the space station using Antares and the company's Cygnus spacecraft.

ARC Energy Is Trying To Step On GTAT's Throat

published about 1 hour ago
ARC Energy Is Trying To Step On GTAT's Throat
A potential GTAT competitor announced a new product that if successful could have a negative impact on GTAT exiting bankruptcy.

Get-out-the-vote efforts matter in Quinn-Rauner race

published about 1 hour ago
Get-out-the-vote efforts matter in Quinn-Rauner race
With polls tight and pre-election tensions tighter, Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are now turning to the final, furious and perhaps most critical phase of their record-setting $96 million battle for governor: GOTV.

Virgin Galactic's Allure: Space and Celebrities

published about 1 hour ago
Space tourism: Virgin Galactic has big backers, ambitious dreams, celebrity passengers


National Briefing | West: Hawaii: Lava Gawkers Arrested

published about 10 hours ago
A man and a woman have been arrested in the town of Pahoa for trespassing to see lava, the police said Friday.

Dot Earth Blog: Can Congress Act to Block Fungal Threat to U.S. Amphibians?

published about 20 hours ago
Dot Earth Blog: Can Congress Act to Block Fungal Threat to U.S. Amphibians?
Scientists warn that a potent fungus poses a grave threat to American salamanders, with the pet trade the probable path without more controls.

Political Memo: Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

published 1 day ago
Political Memo: Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists
The refrain from Republicans is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions: the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it.

National Briefing | West: Hawaii: Guard Providing Volcano Security

published 1 day ago
The National Guard is deploying 83 service members to help provide security to the rural town of Pahoa as lava makes a slow crawl toward ... more

The Texas Tribune: A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In

published 1 day ago
The Texas Tribune: A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In
Most Glasscock County farmers are powerless to stop energy developers from drilling wells, even as it destroys valuable crop land.
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Rocket Explosion Leaves Questions and Dead Mosquito Eggs

published 2 days ago
Rocket Explosion Leaves Questions and Dead Mosquito Eggs
Investigators are trying to determine why a rocket taking supplies to the International Space Station exploded just after launching.

Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes

published Tue, Oct 28 2014 19:49 GMT
The unmanned cargo rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a NASA site in eastern Virginia.

Directing ‘The Theory of Everything’

published Mon, Oct 27 2014 16:11 GMT
The Academy Award-winning director James Marsh discusses his newest project, “The Theory of Everything,” which chronicles the life of the cosmologist Stephen Hawking.

Taking Minds on a Journey to Mars

published Mon, Oct 20 2014 14:25 GMT
Taking Minds on a Journey to Mars
In a dome on a Hawaiian volcano, NASA is financing a study to see how astronauts might deal with the stress and isolation of an ... more

A Comet’s Brush With Mars

published Sun, Oct 19 2014 21:41 GMT
A Comet’s Brush With Mars
A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.