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Capsule makes a splash in NASA test, and the scientists are pleased

A full-scale replica of the next-generation Orion crew spacecraft, tipped at a 90-degree angle, hung from cables 40 feet in the air from the huge, historic gantry at NASA’s Langley Research Center. At the close of a 15-second countdown, the capsule swung left. Then, with a bang from the explosive...

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  • LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?

    LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?

    It’s official: Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon dark-matter detector have combed through 20 months of pristine data and found, buried deep in the measurements ... nothing out of the ordinary. The findings, presented at the Identification of Dark Matter conference in Sheffield, England,...

  • China to explore outer space with its huge new radio telescope

    China to explore outer space with its huge new radio telescope

    What’s the size of 30 football fields, hunts for aliens and lurks in the forests of southwest China? The world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, of course. China completed construction on the telescope — the $180-million Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST — this week...

  • Juno arrives at Jupiter: 'It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science'

    Juno arrives at Jupiter: 'It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science'

    After completing its nearly five-year journey through the solar system and positioning itself into orbit around Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is set to boot up its scientific instruments Wednesday night and begin its close-up study of the giant and mysterious planet. Engineers had turned off...

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  • To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say

    To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say

    Attention parents: If you’d like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That’s the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids. “Physical activity before, during...

  • Americans' diets improve, but ethnic and income gaps widen

    Americans' diets improve, but ethnic and income gaps widen

    More American adults are eating better, but a new analysis of American diets between 2000 and 2012 shows that the trend of improved nutrition is largely limited to middle- and upper-income white Americans. The result: a widening nutrition gap separating white Americans from African Americans and...

  • In U.S., 38% of adults and 17% of kids are now obese, CDC study says

    In U.S., 38% of adults and 17% of kids are now obese, CDC study says

    How do government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies squander hundreds of millions of dollars? By trying to fight America’s obesity epidemic. Two new studies show that the best efforts of all these players – as well as schools, churches and individual healthcare...

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