- Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station
TOKYO (AP) — The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station.
- Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned
NEW YORK (AP) — Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.
- State researchers withhold data in botulism study
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State health researchers have discovered the first new strain of botulism in four decades, but decided to withhold publishing the genetic code because of bioterrorism concerns.
- Europe launches satellite to map 1 billion stars
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy.
- NASA orders urgent spacewalk repairs at station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station, a massive repair job that could stretch to Christmas Day.
- China says woman died from bird flu new to humans
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the World Health Organization called "worrisome."
- Warm November set month's heat record for planet
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — November was a hot month for planet Earth.