Aiming to sidestep Apple dispute, Obama makes case for access to device data

AUSTIN, Texas U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in a way that would allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.Speaking at t...

Astronomers find a tailless comet, first of its kind

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system's formation and evolution, according to research published on Friday in the journal Sci...

Clouds over Indonesia obscure total eclipse of the sun for many

PALEMBANG, Indonesia A solar eclipse enthralled Indonesia on Wednesday but clouds over some parts of archipelago spoiled the view for many of the skywatchers who had the opportunity to see it in totality.In Palembang city on the western island of Sumat...

Got nuclear innovation? DOE will pay millions for it

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $60 million in research grants to further nuclear energy infrastructure. The recipients included 68 projects from all across the country -- all of which were selected based on potential for scientific...

Five cheetah cubs fight for survival after rare C-section birth

NEW YORK Five cheetah cubs are fighting for their lives after being delivered prematurely at a Cincinnati zoo by a caesarean section, a procedure seldom performed during the birth of the endangered cats.The cubs, born earlier this month, have weak immu...

Probing what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion

For years, research on nuclear weapons has relied on old data, limited experiments and computer modeling. But this year, that pattern has changed. Scientists have run new experiments that simulate what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion, accordin...

Aerojet on track to finish AR1 rocket engine work by 2019: CEO

WASHINGTON Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc is on track to complete development of its AR1 rocket engine by 2019 as a replacement for the Russian-built RD-180 engine after receiving a funding "booster shot" from the U.S. Air Force, Chief Executive Offic...

Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

WASHINGTON Sensors that can detect tears in parachute nylons before they become deadly, troop uniforms studded with electronics that can sense chemical agents, and self-powered tents that can save fuel: the U.S. military is banking on a new public-priv...

Microsoft, Google agree to drop complaints against each other

Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc's Google have reached a deal to withdraw all the regulatory complaints against each other, the companies told Reuters."Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing le...

UW researchers working on novel nuclear fusion technique

Sustainable nuclear fusion has long been a dream for most scientists and energy experts alike. Clean, abundant, and economical, there have been many attempts to make it workable. Now, researchers at the University of Washington have stepped up their exist...