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Science/Technology

  • RIM's Future Lies With New CEO's Decisions
  • Physicists close in on elusive subatomic particle--video extra

    GENEVA (AP) — Physicists are closing in on an elusive subatomic particle that, if found, would confirm a long-held understanding about why matter has mass and how the universe's fundamental building blocks behave.

    Few people outside physics can fully comprehend the search for the Higgs boson, which was first hypothesized 40 years ago. But proving that the "God particle" actually exists would be "a vindication of the equations we've been using all these years," said one Nobel laureate.

    Scientists announced Tuesday that they had found hints but no definitive proof of the particle that is believed to be a basic component of the universe. They hope to determine whether it exists by next year.

  • VIDEO: Robot Designers Take Cues From Humans

    Imagine a world where robots will look after you, clean your house, and tend to your every need. Well, the latest exhibition at London's Science Museum brings together state-of-the-art robots from around the world that aim to do just that.

  • VIDEO: World of Science in a Football Field Sized Lab

    The International Space Station is a huge floating lab where everything on board is a science experiment, including the crew.

  • VIDEO: Biologists Monitor Crocodiles at Nuclear Plant

    Once endangered, the American crocodile species is now thriving at a South Florida nuclear power plant, which has 168 miles of manmade cooling canals that offer ideal nesting conditions for the species. AP's Suzette Laboy has the story.

  • VIDEO: New Planet Just About Right for Life

    A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside our solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life. The planet's confirmation was announced Monday by NASA along with other Kepler telescope discoveries.

  • VIDEO: Jetman Flies With Two Jets

    Yves 'Jetman' Rossy takes to the skies again in a formation flight alongside two jets from the Breitling Jet Team over Switzerland.

  • NASA launches super-size Mars rover to red planet--see VIDEOS

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project Breaks Ground in LA

    U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and the Director General Hidekazu Takakura with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) broke ground today for the construction of a two megawatt solar array on the Los Alamos capped landfill.  This is the first phase of the larger New Mexico/Japan Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project in Los Alamos. 

    NEDO is teaming with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Los Alamos project, and with the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Mesa Del Sol, and Sandia National Laboratories for a project in Albuquerque.  Both projects will demonstrate the viability of smart grid technology in New Mexico.

  • Russian scientists try to save Mars moon probe

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists were racing against the clock Wednesday to find a way to fire the engines of an unmanned probe destined to collect surface samples from a moon of Mars, after a post-launch equipment failure left it stuck in Earth orbit.

    The Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Ground) craft was successfully launched by a Zenit-2 booster rocket at 12:16 a.m. Moscow time Wednesday (2016 GMT Tuesday) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It separated from the booster about 11 minutes later and was to fire its engines twice to set out on its path to the Red Planet, but it never did.