13 Dec 2018

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Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in testMOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space.


13 Dec 2018 7:29pm GMT

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has a new perspective on life after battle with cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has a new perspective on life after battle with cancerJulia Louis-Dreyfus is slowly opening up about her battle with cancer in the past year. The 57-year-old mother-of-two was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017. Louis-Dreyfus has since returned to her hit HBO show "Veep," which she both stars in and produces, to film its final season.After dealing with such a serious illness, she's says she's changed.


13 Dec 2018 7:29pm GMT

A-maize-ing genetic sleuthing rewrites history of corn

A-maize-ing genetic sleuthing rewrites history of cornThe process of turning corn's wild predecessor into a vital food source began 9,000 years ago in Mexico, but an early partially domesticated version was then brought to South America 6,500 years ago, and crucial further development of the plant proceeded in parallel in both places, the researchers said on Thursday. Until now, it was thought that the domestication process had occurred in south-central Mexico's Balsas River Valley, south of Mexico City, and that corn - also called maize - only later was introduced by people elsewhere in the Americas. The new findings revealed a previously unknown but pivotal second phase of domestication occurred in the southwestern Amazon region spanning parts of Brazil and Bolivia even as domestication continued in Mexico.


13 Dec 2018 7:23pm GMT

Someone Tried to Smuggle 70 Finches Inside Hair Rollers and Predictably Failed

Someone Tried to Smuggle 70 Finches Inside Hair Rollers and Predictably FailedNothing like a brazen attempt at smuggling exotic birds.


13 Dec 2018 7:20pm GMT

UN climate talks inch forward, success uncertain

UN climate talks inch forward, success uncertainKATOWICE, Poland (AP) - Negotiators from almost 200 countries raced to find agreement on the rules that will govern an international treaty on curbing global warming, but the text the Polish diplomat chairing the talks planned to present to delegates Thursday remained under debate as the two-week summit neared an end.


13 Dec 2018 7:17pm GMT

NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice Spikes

NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice SpikesThe ice-climbing bot can go places humans can't.


13 Dec 2018 7:13pm GMT

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S.


13 Dec 2018 7:10pm GMT

Motion Pictures Academy Announces Scientific and Technical Awards

Motion Pictures Academy Announces Scientific and Technical AwardsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced nine scientific and technical achievements, represented by 27 individual recipients, to be honored at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation Feb. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. In addition, Curtis Clark will be receiving the John A. Bonner Award for his service […]


13 Dec 2018 7:08pm GMT

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. roleAt the close of a week of talks in Sweden, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a framework for political negotiations would be discussed at the next round of talks at the end of January between the Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has pushed Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, to the verge of famine. The World Food Programme said the Hodeidah deal was a much-needed boost for its task of feeding 12 million severely hungry Yemenis.


13 Dec 2018 7:08pm GMT

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disastersAUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.


13 Dec 2018 7:04pm GMT

Enel-BYD say Chile electric bus roll-out heralds more for region

Enel-BYD say Chile electric bus roll-out heralds more for regionEurope's biggest utility Enel and Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD on Thursday marked the arrival of 100 electric buses in Chile and said they would work together on similar plans for three other Latin American nations. Enel provided the financing for Chile to acquire the buses from BYD <0285.HK> for the capital Santiago, as well as the charging stations. Chile represents a jumping off point into Latin America for two companies both seeking to dominate a green car revolution that is projected to see electric and hybrid vehicles account for 30 percent of the global market by 2030.


13 Dec 2018 7:01pm GMT

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first timeVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever has before on Thursday, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. The brief, suborbital flight -- with two pilots on board -- marked a key milestone for the company headed by British tycoon Richard Branson, who is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 per seat. Since then, the world's space agencies have relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.


13 Dec 2018 6:53pm GMT

Why Voyager 2 Is In Interstellar Space But Not Out of the Solar System

Why Voyager 2 Is In Interstellar Space But Not Out of the Solar SystemThere's a good difference between where the Sun's energy ends and where it's gravity ends.


13 Dec 2018 6:53pm GMT

Fijian PM's swansong as head of troubled UN climate talks

Fijian PM's swansong as head of troubled UN climate talksFijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has presided over the UN climate talks since November 2017. Q. The United States and Saudi Arabia refused to endorse a landmark UN report on what it means to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). A. It is not about drawing a line in the sand but accepting the irrefutable science on human-induced climate change.


13 Dec 2018 6:50pm GMT

How were roads in Alaska repaired so quickly after the earthquake?

How were roads in Alaska repaired so quickly after the earthquake?Thanks to a quick response and around-the-clock work, road repair crews completed their work in just a few days.


13 Dec 2018 6:48pm GMT

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first timeVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever has before on Thursday, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. The brief, suborbital flight -- with two pilots on board -- marked a key milestone for the company headed by British tycoon Richard Branson, who is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 per seat. No spacecraft with people on board has taken off from US soil since the American space shuttle program ended, as scheduled, seven years ago.


13 Dec 2018 6:42pm GMT