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In an Oct. 17, 2011, file photo a staff member displays gold bullion bars during a news conference at the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society in Hong Kong. (AP Photo, File)

Study: Dead stars colliding forged gold on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday. Astronomers have long known that […]

07/17/2013

Composite image of galaxies from NASA Hubble Space Telescope (Photo credit: NASA/AP)

Astronomers find blue planet outside solar system

LONDON (AP) — Astronomers have for the first time managed to determine the color of a planet outside our solar system, a blue gas giant 63 light-years away. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international […]

07/12/2013

PayPal

PayPal looks to conquer space (payments)

NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth’s realm once space travel and tourism take off. PayPal, which […]

06/26/2013

Full moon

Super full moon shines brightly this weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A “supermoon” rises this weekend. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the […]

06/21/2013

(AP Photo)

NASA set to launch latest satellite to study sun

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite on a mission to improve space weather prediction. The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet […]

06/04/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Big asteroid swinging by Earth has its own moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers getting their first close-up glimpse of a giant asteroid about to whiz by Earth found a surprise bonus rock. A smaller moon asteroid is circling the larger space rock, an unusual […]

05/30/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. […]

05/28/2013

Seismograph reading of an earthquake. (AP Photo)

Large earthquake strikes off coast of Chile

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but Chilean officials said it was not felt on land and discarded the possibility […]

05/20/2013

Solar flare

Sun unleashes strongest solar flare of 2013 so far

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sun has fired off a massive flare, the strongest solar eruption this year. The powerful flare occurred Sunday and erupted on the side of the sun that was not facing […]

05/13/2013

A hurricane at Saturn's North Pole (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University)

Monster hurricane watch at Saturn’s North Pole

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning views of a monster hurricane at Saturn’s North Pole. The eye of the cyclone is an enormous 1,250 miles across. Watch a NASA-narrated video about it here.

04/29/2013

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