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November 16, 2015 10:03 PM Streisand, Spielberg, Mays to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON Singer and actress Barbra Streisand, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and baseball great Willie Mays are among 17 Americans who this year will receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House said on Monday. President Barack Obama will award the medals to a star-studded list of Americans to honor their 38

November 16, 2015 10:01 PM Berra, 16 others to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

The list includes another baseball great — Willie Mays — as well as musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan, retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, classical musician Itzhak Perlman, composer Stephen Sondheim, film director Steven Spielberg, and singers James Taylor and Barbra Streisand. Another posthumous medal will go to long-time U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm 34

November 16, 2015 9:49 PM Barbara Mikulski to get Medal of Freedom

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) will be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, this month. The longest serving woman in the history of Congress, Mikulski is retiring in 2016. She is being honored for her work on equal pay for women, science research and funding, health care and college affordability, the White 39

November 9, 2015 9:50 PM Breakthrough Prize Looks to Stars to Shine on Science

It’s a familiar script. Except that the event here on Sunday night was far from New York and Hollywood, and the boldfaced names were gathered not to celebrate movies or music, but life sciences, physics and mathematics. The idea behind the Breakthrough Prize is that if scientists are viewed as celebrities — as cool as movie and rock stars — then more young 59

November 9, 2015 12:42 PM Want Your Own Personal Satellite? Reaching Space Is Becoming (Relatively) Cheap

Maybe one day, kids will get femtosat DIY kits -- and access to the universe -- for their birthdays. Cubesats, which weigh 1.33 kilograms or less, have become popular for researchers with grants and federal agencies like NASA. But their price, while lower than clunky old-school satellites, has remained out of reach for those who can’t pay a mortgage’s 23

November 9, 2015 10:32 AM Meet The 13 Scientists Honored For Making Big 'Breakthroughs'

The award-winning scientists, recognized at this year's Breakthrough Prize ceremony, are at the forefront of their fields. More than $21 million in prizes was awarded to scientists at the forefront of fundamental physics, life sciences, and math in the glitzy Breakthrough Prize award ceremony at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday 39

November 9, 2015 6:17 AM Science's 'Breakthrough' Winners Earn Over $21 Million in Prizes

Mountain View, California: Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner on Sunday handed out seven Breakthrough Prizes, the award for scientific accomplishment he created three years ago alongside technology giants including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 23andme founder Anne Wojcicki 47

November 7, 2015 1:37 AM How Obama's waiting game killed Keystone

After seven years, improving jobs numbers and plunging oil prices soothed the political costs of rejection. In the summer of 2011, the signs outside the White House gates denouncing the Keystone XL pipeline mixed with Barack Obama campaign buttons and chants of “Yes we can.” But inside, the president and his top aides were fretting about the economy 37

November 6, 2015 2:43 PM Exxon Is Under Investigation For Possible Lies About Climate

For months, a protest movement known as "Exxon Knew" has been rallying for an official investigation, a call to action inspired by reports that Exxon had confirmed the risks of catastrophic climate change — only to deny and undermine those findings for decades publicly. This week that investigation arrived. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman 39

November 6, 2015 11:34 AM It's Spacewalk No. 2 for NASA's 1-year spaceman

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's 1-year spaceman, Scott Kelly, is back outside the International Space station for some radiator work. It's the second spacewalk in 1 1/2 weeks for Kelly, more than halfway through a one-year flight, and fellow U.S. astronaut Kjell (chell) Lindgren (LEND-grin). They got started an hour early. Friday's excursion involves 21