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Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.

Astronaut mementoes: Cowboy boots, prayer beads, lunch box

The 14 display cases at Kennedy Space Center contain intensely personal mementoes and other items representing the astronauts who perished in the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.

Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy.

Obama to announce controversial shift in climate change policy Monday

Doug G. WareWASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The White House on Monday will announce a major shift in climate change policy intended to dramatically cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power...

Flooding and landslides devastate parts of India and Myanmar, killing dozens

Fred LambertRANGOON, Myanmar, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Massive flooding in eastern India and western Myanmar has killed scores of people, and the United Nations predicts the death toll will rise.

Northern Cal fire now at nearly 50K acres, at least two dozen homes torched

Doug G. WareNAPA VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A wildfire that has flamed thousands of acres in Northern California worries officials, who have barely been able to get a...

British entertainer Cilla Black dead at 72

Karen ButlerLONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- British singer and television personality Cilla Black has died in Spain, her agent said. She was 72.

Adriatic oil, gas exploration raises concerns for Croatia tourism

As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country's islands and...

'Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre' is set for release Friday

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- "Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" is set for release exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music Friday.

Photojournalist found dead after hiding in Mexico City

Fred LambertMEXICO CITY, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Mexican photojournalist who left the state of Veracruz after receiving threats was found dead with four others in Mexico City.

Empty tables, crowded gyms: Learning with Density

Futurists are encouraged by possibilities residing in Internet-connected sensors for making us better aware of how to get through the day,

For Rio's Olympic sailors, it's not safe to go in the water

Here's a piece of advice for sailors at next year's Rio Olympics: think twice before leaping into the water to celebrate the end of a race.

Smart gadgets from guns to cars ripe for hacking

Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief.

Nigerian ground and air forces repel Boko Haram attack in Borno state

Fred LambertBITA, Nigeria, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Nigerian ground forces, with the help of airstrikes by the Nigerian Air Force, were able to repel a Boko Haram assault in the...

Non-Genetic Cancer Mechanism Found

Cancer can be caused solely by protein imbalances within cells, a study of ovarian cancer has found. The discovery is a major breakthrough because genetic aberrations have been seen as...

Resolving The Cancer/Diet Paradox

How much does diet affect the cancer patient? Do "antioxidants" really play an important role in health - or are they causing more cancers than they cure? And what exactly...

Clinical Validation For LOXO-101 Against TRK Fusion Cancer

Loxo Oncology, Inc. and The University of Colorado Cancer Center today announced the publication of a research brief describing the first patient with a tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) fusion cancer...

China tightens controls on export of drones, supercomputers

China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers and will require firms to register to ensure they do not "compromise national security", state media reported Sunday.

Tracking the retreat of Arctic ice

Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research centre could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface.

Dave Grohl to Italian musicians who made 'super nice' video: 'We'll see each other soon'

Karen ButlerLONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl says the makers of an epic viral video have convinced him and his bandmates to book a concert...

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton earns her advanced diving certification

Karen ButlerLONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has earned an advanced diving certification, Kensington Palace confirmed.

Nine people shot at Brooklyn house party, all survive

Andrew V. PestanoNEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Nine people were shot at a house party in New York City early Sunday; the motive of the attack remains unclear.

'Gambit' deal sealed: Film will star Channing Tatum

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Channing Tatum will star in the "X-Men" spinoff "Gambit," despite recent media reports stating he is backing out of the project due to...

Rapper Shane Redway killed in Canadian car crash at the age of 26

Karen ButlerTORONTO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Shane Redway was among the three people killed in a single-vehicle crash near Toronto's Pearson International Airport this weekend.

A true urban jungle

Giant images of endangered species are projected onto a unique canvas: The Empire State Building in New York City

Two Turkish soldiers killed in apparent PKK attack

Andrew V. PestanoDOGUBAYEZIT, Turkey, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- At least two Turkish soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack carried out by Kurdish PKK militants early Sunday, according to...

Animal Sex: How Butterflies Do It

When it comes to sex, are butterflies as nurturing and gentle as they appear to be, or is there a more aggressive side to their mating?

​Preserving the starry, starry night

Astronomers and star-gazers combat light pollution, to bask in the awe-inspiring splendor of a truly dark nighttime sky

Best Space Stories of the Week — August 2, 2015

An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in's top news stories of the week.

Astronauts Test Virtual-Reality Headset for Space On Ocean Floor

It's a tech geek's dream in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month. Among the crew's need-to-have items is a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset that one...

Top Burundi general and presidential aide killed

Andrew V. PestanoBUJUMBURA, Burundi, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- One of the president of Burundi's closest aides, Lt. Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, considered to be second in command of the country, was...

What If We Can 'Pre-Diagnose' Autism In Babies?

For children with autism, early intervention is critical. Therapies and education – especially in the first two years of life – can facilitate a child’s social development, reduce familial stress...

Parasitic Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the farther they are found from the tropics. A Smithsonian-led research team...

Leolah Brown, Bobby Brown's sister, causes a scene at Bobbi Kristina's funeral

Karen ButlerALPHARETTA, Ga., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's funeral at a Georgia church was briefly interrupted Saturday when Leolah Brown shouted at Pat Houston as Houston began her...

"Mystery booms" cause identified

So-called "mystery booms" that have puzzled residents in California's Gold Country appear to be coming from a U.S. military installation over 100 miles away in the Nevada desert.

Bend me, shape me, any way you want me: Scientists curve nanoparticle sheets into complex forms

Scientists have been making nanoparticles for more than two decades in two-dimensional sheets, three-dimensional crystals and random clusters. But they have never been able to get a sheet of nanoparticles...

New Ebola Vaccine: Will It Help to End Outbreaks?

Experts welcomed the news today that a recent trial of an Ebola vaccine suggests the shot is highly effective at preventing the disease, and said that the the vaccine may...

Flow of Cheap Hydroelectricity Slows in Parched West

As rivers and reservoirs shrink across the parched West, cheap sources of water-generated electricity are starting to dry up.

Victory Motorcycles introducing all-electric addition to its lineup

Victory Motorcycles has introduced its Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. Features include adjustable suspension featuring a single rear shock and inverted front forks; dual-disk front...

Better together: graphene-nanotube hybrid switches

Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered...

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

Serendipity has as much a place in science as in love. That's what Northeastern physicists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar found during their four-year project to modify graphene, a stronger-than-steel...

Shedding light on millipede evolution

As an National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded entomologist, Virginia Tech's Paul Marek has to spend much of his time in the field, hunting for rare and scientifically significant species. He's provided...

Social media amplifies damage of product recalls to firms—rivals, too

A product recall is never good news for a firm. And though it might seem like a great occasion for schadenfreude, a recall is not necessarily good news for competitors,...

Computing at full capacity

Over 12 million servers in 3 million data centers in the U.S. burn about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. Billions of dollars are spent on data center energy...

Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future

Here's the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. "We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and...

Innovations from the wild world of optics and photonics

Traditional computers manipulate electrons to turn our keystrokes and Google searches into meaningful actions. But as components of the computer processor shrink to only a few atoms across, those same...

Nextbit to launch phone distance away from marketplace crowd

Mobile software startup Nextbit is to launch its first smartphone. The company CEO said that Foxconn is manufacturing the smartphones, according to Engadget. That means the company is moving in...

Another US hunter suspected of illegal Zimbabwe lion kill

Another US trophy hunter is suspected of killing a lion in Zimbabwe without a permit, authorities in Harare said Sunday, days after the killing of Cecil the lion by an...

MH370: Discovered plane door on island apparently a ladder

Andrew V. PestanoPOINTOISE, France, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Recent debris discovered on the island of Reunion believed to be a plane door is in fact a ladder that has no...

Dr. James Jude, Who Helped Develop Use of CPR, Dies at 87

Dr. Jude was a resident at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine when he recognized that external manual pressure could revive a stalled heart, a discovery that led to the...

John Danks, Melky Cabrera show New York Yankees who's boss

By Brian Hedger, The Sports Xchange CHICAGO -- John Danks put a little extra heat on his fastball, Melky Cabrera's bat continued to sizzle and the Chicago White Sox got...

Teenage victim of Jerusalem Gay Pride knife stabbing dies

Andrew V. PestanoJERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A teenage victim of the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade knife attack, apparently perpetrated by Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel, has died.

Los Angeles Angels powerless as Clayton Kershaw runs scoreless streak to 37

By Joseph D'Hippolito, The Sports Xchange LOS ANGELES -- Neither an injured right hip nor one of the best players in the major leagues could keep left-hander Clayton Kershaw...

Report: Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant to undergo elbow procedure

The Sports Xchange Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant reportedly will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection and miss up to 10 days.

Locked-in Anthony Rizzo's three-run shot powers Chicago Cubs

By Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo is so in the zone that he can crush pitches well out of it.

Ko, Lu share lead in Women's British Open

The Sports Xchange Teresa Lu of Taiwan and Jin Young Ko of South Korea posted 3-under-par 69s in chilly, rainy conditions on Saturday.

Travis Shaw answers call with two homers in Boston Red Sox's 11-7 win

By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange Travis Shaw knew he would have some sort of opportunity on Saturday.

Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak

The Sports Xchange The Pro Football Hall of Fame has decided to allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak at the induction ceremony next Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Ben Zobrist KOs Toronto Blue Jays with left-right punch

By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange Ben Zobrist is a versatile player.

Philadelphia Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers

The Sports Xchange The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

New design brings world's first solar battery to performance milestone

After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers have now reached a new milestone. They report that their patent-pending design -- which combines a solar cell and...

Affordable genetic diagnostic technique for target DNA analysis developed

Professor Hyun-Gyu Park of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a technique to analyze various target DNAs using...

There may be a complex market living in your gut

Conventional theories used by economists for the past 150 years to explain how societies buy, sell, and trade goods and services may be able to unlock mysteries about the behavior...

Poll to find UK's favourite insect

An online poll is launched by the Royal Society of Biology to find the UK's favourite insect.

Multi-meter Sea Level Rise This Century? That's Not A Consensus

There’s a new study that’s getting a fair amount of attention in the climate science community and the popular press. read more

Psychologists Link Premature Birth To Withdrawn Personality

A new paper links adults born very premature with being socially withdrawn and displaying signs of autism. The work was led by Professor Dieter Wolke at the department of psychology...

For Now We See Through A Brewing Class, Darkly

Next time you are in your local grocery store, step in to look a little more closely at the beer cooler. Amid the brightly colored, creative packaging lies the final...

Last season premiere date announced for 'Downton Abbey' on PBS

Karen ButlerNEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The sixth and final season of "Downton Abbey" will begin airing in the United States on Jan. 3, PBS announced Saturday.

Highly active volcano erupts on Reunion amid media frenzy

Journalists arriving this week to the Indian Ocean island Reunion to report about the discovery of a jet wing fragment were met with another spectacular sight: the eruption of one...

Agrarian settlements drive severe tropical deforestation across the Amazon

Resettlement projects in the Amazon are driving severe tropical deforestation, according to new research. Widely hailed as a socially responsible and 'innocuous' strategy of land redistribution, agrarian reform settlements have...

Image: Blue moon over Washington

A second full moon for the month of July is seen next to the dome of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Washington. In recent years, people...

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plan in the South Bronx Stirs Anxiety and Hope

Residents and community leaders are asking whether it will provide an economic boost to the Hunts Point neighborhood or become a magnet for trouble.

Ian McShane joins 'Game of Thrones' cast for Season 6

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- "Deadwood" alum Ian McShane is returning to HBO, joining "Game of Thrones" for Season 6.

New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson apologizes...again

The Sports Xchange It certainly wasn't the first two days of training camp that New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and head coach Todd Bowles envisioned.

V.P. Biden may run for president to honor son's wishes, sources say

Doug G. WareWASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden may be considering another presidential campaign -- a move that would quickly make him one of the top...

The Parched West: Dry Days Bring a Ferocious Start to the Fire Season

Officials are warning about the potential for more catastrophe in the months ahead, as drought, heat and climate change leave the landscape ever thirstier.

How bees naturally vaccinate their babies

When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice -- they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. Now for the first time,...

Half of the most popular news on Twitter is not covered by traditional news media sources

Half of the news that appears on Twitter as 'trending topics' goes unmentioned in the traditional news media, and when both sources carry it, 60 percent of the stories appear...

Greg Hardy chips in for Dallas Cowboys prank

Alex ButlerDALLAS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Experts call the NFL a copycat league when it comes to play calling success.

'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' tops the North American box office

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" is the No. 1 movie in North America, after earning $56 million during its first weekend at the...

How a Piece of Malaysian Flight 370 Drifted 2,300 Miles

Indian Ocean debris moves in predictable patterns and confirms searchers are looking in the right spot for the missing plane.

42 Utah prison inmates refuse breakfast, begin hunger strike

Brooks HaysVERNAL, Utah, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- After refusing breakfast, a group of 42 maximum-security inmates at Utah State Prison's Uinta facility announced a hunger strike and issued demands.

Texas attorney general to be indicted for securities fraud, reports say

Doug G. WareMCKINNEY, Texas, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A three-count felony indictment is coming for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sources close to a grand jury investigation told Dallas news...

Clinton paid $44 million in taxes from 2007-2014, in 'excellent' physical health

Doug G. WareWASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton released nearly a decade of tax returns Friday, which show the presidential hopeful earned more than $140 million between 2007 and...

Mark Zuckerberg announces wife's pregnancy on Facebook

The Facebook founder also opened up about the challenges he and his wife, Priscilla, faced conceiving a child

Ron Howard, Tyler Perry among the Directors Guild of America's 2015 honorees

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Ron Howard, Tyler Perry and Thelma Schoonmaker will be recognized at the 2015 Directors Guild of America Honors gala in New York City...

Sailboat with dead body aboard washes ashore in Massachusetts

Brooks HaysBEVERLEY, Mass., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A sailboard ran aground near a public park in northeastern Massachusetts on Friday afternoon. Inside was a dead body.

Crystal clear images uncover secrets of hormone receptors

Scientists used atomic level images to show how the neuropeptide hormone neurotensin might activate its receptors. Their description is the first of its kind for a neuropeptide-binding G protein-coupled receptor,...

Tool helps public health agencies prioritize health risks

Public health agencies across the globe are challenged with preventing the spread of chronic diseases while dealing with limited funds and devastating budget cuts. Now, a researcher has applied the...

Facebook's giant drone will beam Internet to the world

The company's first solar-powered drone, with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, is ready for testing at 90,000 feet

Dennis Hastert closes PAC, starts legal defense fund

Brooks HaysWASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- John Dennis "Denny" Hastert, former Republican congressman and Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, has closed his PAC and started a legal...

Best Space Photos of the Week – August 1, 2015

From an amazing view of Africa from space to a tint galaxy bursting with stars, don't miss these stunning space images.

How to encourage healthy dental habits away from home

School is just around the corner, which means backpacks and packed lunches await your children. One expert offers tips for parents to promote healthy dental habits while away from home.

Heat index soars in Iran as 'heat dome' settles over Middle East

Brooks HaysBANDAR MAHSHAHR, Iran, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- In Iran Friday afternoon the heat index touched 163 degrees Fahrenheit -- a blistering total, rare even for one of the hottest...

Ryan Seacrest's 'Knock Knock Live' canceled after two episodes air

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Fox has canceled Ryan Seacrest's "Knock Knock Live" due to low ratings.

Reports: Texas Rangers acquire lefty Cole Hamels from Philadelphia Phillies

By Art Garcia, The Sports Xchange ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers took a big step toward returning to contention in the years ahead by acquiring Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels in...

Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet

A man in East Texas is wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him, the local sheriff says.

CDC's top modeler makes estimates and courts controversy

ATLANTA (AP) -- Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention....

Animal Sex Is Spicier Than We Thought

There’s an idea circulating that humans are the only animal to experience sexual pleasure; that we approach sex in a way that is distinct from others. As with many questions...