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Earth Day and Festival of Books

It’s a busy weekend with Earth Day celebrations in several locations not to mention the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC Saturday and Sunday.

04/19/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top senator says President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts would explore it in 2021.

04/05/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover back in action after computer problems

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems. The six-wheel rover fired up its onboard laboratories and analyzed a pinch of rock dust over the weekend.

03/25/2013

Baby red crabs emerging from the ocean on Christmas Island National Park. Video still from ParksAustralia via YouTube.

Swarming red crabs on Christmas Island

For some strange reason, red crabs swarming the location of Christmas Island has jumped back up into the trending topics on Yahoo, Google, and more as of Monday, March 25, 2013.

03/25/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another problem is preventing the Mars rover Curiosity from resuming its science experiments. The mission’s chief scientist said Monday the rover went into safe mode again over the weekend because of a computer file error.

03/18/2013

(Photo: Science At Nasa's YouTube channel)

Comet posing beside crescent moon in cool photo op

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Now’s your chance to see the comet that passed within 100 million miles of Earth last week. Twilight on Tuesday will provide the best photo op for the comet called Pan-STARRS.

03/11/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover in safe mode; science halted

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity have been put on hold as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer.

03/01/2013

Bret Lewis

Weird science

The guy who first blew the whistle on performance enhancing drugs just can’t leave well enough alone.

02/25/2013

A meteorite contrail is seen from a a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia. (Photo credit: Nasha Gazeta Newspaper/AP)

2 space rocks hours apart point out the danger

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And there isn’t much the world’s scientists and generals can do about it.

02/15/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To scientists’ excitement, the Curiosity rover has completed its first drilling on Mars and is preparing to analyze a pinch of powdery rock.

02/09/2013

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