National Zoo welcomes giant panda cub

August 21, 2020
Zoo staffers said Mei Xiang is off to a good start nursing and cuddling her cub.

Astronauts describe wild ride in return to Earth

August 4, 2020
The astronauts on SpaceX's first crew flight that their Dragon capsule came alive and rumbled like a beast as it headed to a safe splashdown.
World
December 8, 2020
Members of a Chinese surveying team headed for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma, in May 2020.

China, Nepal announce new official height for Mount Everest

China and Nepal jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest on Tuesday, ending a discrepancy between the two nations.
Coronavirus
December 8, 2020
A volunteer at the at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, England, is prepared for a vaccine booster during the Oxfor

UK starts virus campaign with a shot watched round the world

A nurse rolled up 90-year-old Margaret Keenan's sleeve and administered a shot watched round the world -– the first jab in the U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program kicking off an unprecedented global effort to try to end a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people.
Business
December 8, 2020
An LED-illuminated wireless router in Philadelphia.

Research: Millions of smart devices vulnerable to hacking

Researchers at a cybersecurity firm say they have identified vulnerabilities in software widely used by millions of connected devices — flaws that could be exploited by hackers to penetrate business and home computer networks and disrupt them.
World
December 7, 2020

Chinese probe orbiting moon with Earth-bound samples

A Chinese probe was orbiting the moon on Monday in preparation for the returning of samples of the lunar surface to Earth for the first time in almost 45 years.
The Good Life
December 6, 2020
Susan Hailey, 77, talked with her daughters during an outdoor visit at a care facility after recovering from COVID-19 in Redmond, Wash., Oct. 28, 2020

Nursing home residents could get vaccine by end of year, official says

Trump administration officials Sunday laid out an ambitious timetable for the rollout of the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States, rebuking President-elect Joe Biden’s…
World
December 6, 2020
This July 23, 2008 image made available by NASA shows the planet Saturn, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. After a 20-year voyage, Cassini is poise

Jupiter and Saturn head for closest visible alignment in 800 years

It will be first such display since the Middle Ages.
World
December 6, 2020
In this computer graphics image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is seen above on the asteroid Ryug

Japan's capsule with asteroid samples retrieved in Australia

A Japanese capsule carrying the world's first asteroid subsurface samples shot across the night atmosphere early Sunday before landing in the remote Australian Outback, completing a mission to provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
Duluth
December 5, 2020
Mary Hamilton was one of approximately 50 people gathered for an event called 'Pray America Great' held outside City Hall in Fergus Falls, Minn. on Sa

Surroundings make racial reckoning look different in rural Minn.

FERGUS FALLS, MINN. – When Tim Brennan buys groceries, volunteers at the local food pantry or eats at his favorite restaurant, he almost always sees…
Business
December 5, 2020
BWCA - A massive straight line wind leveled thousands of acres of trees in the BWCA July 4th of 1999.  Though the fire danger has been high since that

New index shows riskiest places for Minnesota's natural hazards

Parts of state face more than others, but overall Minnesota is just average.
Variety
December 5, 2020
Victoria Gray on her infusion day during a gene editing trial for sickle cell disease at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute and the Children's Hospit

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

Scientists are seeing promising early results from the first studies testing gene editing for painful, inherited blood disorders that plague millions worldwide, especially Black people.Doctors…
Celebrities
December 4, 2020
This undated photo provided by Time Magazine shows the cover of its Dec. 14, 2020 issue, featuring a 15-year-old Colorado high school student and youn

Colorado student, scientist named Time's 'Kid of the Year'

A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist who has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems has been named Time Magazine's first-ever "Kid of the Year."
Celebrities
December 4, 2020
Colorado teen scientist is Time's Kid of the Year

Colorado teen scientist is Time's Kid of the Year

Gitanjali Rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver who lives in the city of Lone Tree, was selected from more than 5,000 nominees.
Variety
December 4, 2020
FILE -- Timnit Gebru, a respected researcher at Google, in Boston, Dec. 29, 2017. Gebru said she was fired by the company after criticizing its approa

Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias concerns

Prominent artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google's public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI…
Variety
December 3, 2020

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale

It would be a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia.
Science
December 3, 2020

Long-haulers report tooth loss, damage

Some dentists, citing a lack of data, are skeptical that COVID-19 alone could cause dental symptoms.
Science
December 3, 2020

AI can quickly pinpoint human proteins

This breakthrough could accelerate the ability to understand diseases, develop new medicines and unlock mysteries of the human body.
Science
December 3, 2020
This photo shows Florida alligators in the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, on Jan. 16, 2019. Researchers from Arizona

Alligators can partly regrow tails

Alligators can regrow their tails, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered that the reptiles, which date back to dinosaur days and can grow…
Science
December 3, 2020
Archaeologist Gino Caspari, right, conducted a geophysical survey of a royal Scythian tomb in Siberia in 2018.

AI offers archaeologists a new tool

The technology was put to the test with the ancient Scythians, a nomadic culture whose horse-riding warriors terrorized the plains of Asia 3,000 years ago.
World
December 3, 2020
The Facebook app logo on a mobile device in Philadelphia.

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

Facebook said Thursday it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation.
National
December 3, 2020
The National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md.

US, Estonia partnered to search out cyberthreat from Russia

In a modern twist on old-fashioned war games, the U.S. military dispatched cyber fighters to Estonia this fall to help the small Baltic nation search out and block potential cyber threats from Russia. The goal was not only to help a NATO partner long targeted by its powerful neighbor but also to gain insight on Russian tactics that could be used against the U.S. and its elections.
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