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AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means....

Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades
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BERLIN (AP) -- European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago....

What We Know: Scientists find Einstein's gravity waves
Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves, proving Einstein right again. Here's what we know:...





Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again....

Feds plan major announcement about California island foxes
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction....

Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals....

Alternate sites considered for embattled giant telescope
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group building one of the world's largest telescopes wants to start construction no later than April 2018- even if that means it will have to build the telescope somewhere other than Hawaii....

California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) -- Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."...

Officials in Hawaii create nursery for fast-growing coral
HONOLULU (AP) -- Most of Hawaii's species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult....

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out....