Latest Science News

Protests flare over construction of telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 15, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated on Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a mountaintop that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. The protests were the latest salvo in a yearslong fight that pits scientific...

The Latest: No equipment immediately goes up mountain

Jul. 15, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A Thirty Meter Telescope spokesman says crews won't immediately be taking equipment up to the project site near the summit of Hawaii's...

India assesses technical snag that aborted moon mission

Jul. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space organization is examining the technical snag behind Monday's aborted launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon and expects to set a new launch date within days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff by the Indian...

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Jul. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency skirted some of its usual procedures and ethics rules when it overhauled key agency advisory boards, slashing the numbers of academic scientists on the panels and appointing more industry figures, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. Senate...

SpaceX: Leaky valve caused crew capsule to explode in test

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A leaky valve caused a SpaceX crew capsule to explode during a ground test back in April, destroying the spacecraft and dealing a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts. The company announced the preliminary results of its accident investigation Monday. SpaceX's crew...

Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer's

Jul. 15, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, half a dozen research groups gave new results on various...

The Latest: Elders brace for arrest for blocking summit road

Jul. 15, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Hawaii officials have closed a road leading to the summit of the state's tallest mountain, the site of an embattled giant telescope...

Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

Jul. 14, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research...