• Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

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  • Dog Spacesuit Among Artist's Soviet Space Artifacts for Auction

    A German pop artist who once painted the side of a Russian rocket is selling his collection of Soviet space memorabilia, including pieces of his own space art and a "dog space suit." Andreas Hoge, better known by his one-name pseudonym Andora, consigned more than 100 Russian space program artifacts…
  • This Soviet space suit for dogs could be yours for €8,000

    If you want to treat your pooch to something special this winter but haven't found what you're looking for, then you might want to take a look at, where a Soviet space suit for dogs is set to go under the hammer. The suit is one of the first canine space suits made and one of only a…

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  • With This Mobile Device, Your Smartphone Could Diagnose Disease in Minutes

    OK, maybe not, but this technology isn’t as far off as you think. A Philadelphia tech start-up’s newest invention, Biomeme, is a lightweight mobile system that can perform DNA diagnostics and real-time disease surveillance by leveraging the computing power of an iPhone or iPod.
  • Labor Day in Space: A Weightless Holiday for US Astronauts

    Right now, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson commands the International Space Station with fellow American Reid Wiseman serving as a flight engineer. The pair forms one-third of the space station's six-man Expedition 40 crew, with three Russian cosmonauts and European Space Agency astronaut rounding out…
  • Invasive Camel Crickets Widespread in US Homes

    Camel crickets may have been largely overlooked by scientists over the past several decades, but the results of a new citizen science project, released today (Sept. 2), reveal the insects may outnumber humans in the United States.
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    Five geckos sent into space by Russia were found dead when their satellite returned to Earth on Monday.

  • Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxies

    By using the world's preeminent telescopes, astronomers peer behind a curtain of dust to find a giant star-making factory known as "Sparky."

  • 2 Companies Helping Develop the Biggest Rocket Ever

    The space program is getting bigger. Really big. United Launch Alliance, a privately-held joint venture that includes industrial giants Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT ) and The Boeing Company (NYSE: ...

  • 'Project Wing': Google Unveils New Drone-Delivery System

    Move aside, Amazon: Google has revealed its own top-secret drone project. "Project Wing," as the drone program is called, is a product of the company's secretive moonshot lab, Google X. More than two years in the making, the technology — which is still in the early phase of its development — was…
  • How political science conquered Washington

    Perhaps the single best thing that's happened to political journalism in the time I've been doing it is the rise of political science. In 2005, when I came to Washington, knowing political science wasn't a legitimate form of knowing about politics, or at least it wasn't presented as one to young…
  • Teva finds positive results in advanced trials for asthma drug

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said a drug under development had positive results in reducing the frequency of clinical asthma exacerbations in two advanced trials in patients with moderate to severe asthma. Reslizumab, an investigational antibody, showed statistically significant reductions in the…

  • Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it.

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  • U.S. CDC says Ebola threatens stability of stricken countries

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The world's worst Ebola outbreak is threatening the stability of affected and neighboring countries in West Africa, and requires a "massive" effort to bring it under control, the head of the U.S. Already we have widespread transmission Liberia. Frieden said…

  • Putin orders building hastened at new Russian spaceport

    By Vladimir Soldatkin VOSTOCHNY Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars.…

  • Innovation: Old Crops, New Soil

    Did you know that some of the largest chapters of agricultural groups like the Future Farmers of America are in urban centers? This may surprise you: some of the biggest breakthroughs in farming aren't happening on farms--they're happening in big cities. The popularity of urban farming--or…

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  • US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Passes 600 Days in Orbit

    Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end. The X-37B space plane is carrying out the Orbital Test Vehicle-3 (OTV-3) mission, a long-duration cruise that marks the third flight for the unpiloted Air…
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    CHICAGO (AP) — Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.

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  • Suit Up! Final Frontier Design Launches Space Suit Experience in NYC

    If you've ever wanted a taste of outer space living without ever leaving Earth, Final Frontier Design has a suit for you. The founders of Final Frontier Design — a spacesuit design company based here in Brooklyn — want space enthusiasts visiting the Big Apple to have the chance to bounce around in…