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A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others

Feb. 21, 2024 00:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

Astronomers find what may be the universe's brightest object with a black hole devouring a sun a day

Feb. 19, 2024 17:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what may be the brightest object in the universe, a quasar with a black hole at its heart growing so fast that it swallows the equivalent of a sun a day. The record-breaking quasar shines 500 trillion times brighter than our...

Japan's new flagship H3 rocket reaches orbit in a key test after failed debut last year

Feb. 17, 2024 06:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's flagship H3 rocket reached orbit and released two small observation satellites in a key second test following a failed debut launch last year, buoying hope for the country in the global space race. The H3 rocket blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on...

Science experiment gone wrong sends 18 students, teacher to Tennessee hospital

Feb. 16, 2024 17:32 PM EST

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A science experiment gone wrong at a Tennessee elementary school sent 18 students and a teacher to the hospital on Friday, officials said. The third-graders at Vena Stuart Elementary in Gallatin were conducting science experiments with an outside presenter...

Hot seawater killed most of cultivated coral in Florida Keys in setback for restoration effort

Feb. 16, 2024 17:13 PM EST

Record hot seawater killed more than three-quarters of human-cultivated coral that scientists had placed in the Florida Keys in recent years in an effort to prop up a threatened species that’s highly vulnerable to climate change, researchers discovered. Researchers from the...

NASA's final tally shows spacecraft returned double the amount of asteroid rubble

Feb. 16, 2024 11:53 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA finally has counted up all the asteroid samples returned by a spacecraft last fall — and it’s double the rubble return goal. Officials reported Thursday that the Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected 121.6 grams (4.29 ounces) of dust and pebbles from...

As Alabama eyes more nitrogen executions, opponents urge companies to cut off plentiful gas supply

Feb. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama in late January became the first state to use nitrogen gas in an execution, finding a new way to carry out a death sentence after drug companies refused to let their products be used in lethal injections. Kenneth Eugene Smith, 58, was put to death...

Endangered right whale floating dead off Georgia is rare species' second fatality since January

Feb. 15, 2024 16:58 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The carcass of a North Atlantic right whale found floating off the coast of Georgia marks the second known death in the past month for the critically endangered whale species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the dead whale off Tybee...

US company's lunar lander rockets toward the moon for a touchdown attempt next week

Feb. 15, 2024 09:51 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Another private U.S. company took a shot at the moon Thursday, launching a month after a rival’s lunar lander missed its mark and came crashing back. NASA, the main sponsor with experiments on board, is hoping for a successful moon landing next week as...