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Police can use GPS to catch crooks with court okay

Can cops attach a global positioning system (GPS) device to your car and use the information they gather to charge you with a crime? As long as they get a warrant first, courts across the country are ruling in their favor...

May 14, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Europe's Planck and Herschel spacecraft lift off

The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched two spacecraft this morning that should shed light on some of the big questions in astronomy and cosmology, from the origins of the universe to the formation of stars and planets...

May 14, 2009 — John Matson

Better Place unveils robot battery swap station

Many have wondered what Better Place's vaunted automated battery changing stations might look like. So the company, a would-be pioneer in electric cars and their attendant infrastructure, has released a slick video showing how it’s done at a demonstration site in Yokohama, Japan...

May 13, 2009 — David Biello

Found: Winter hideout of basking sharks

You might think it would be hard for one of the world’s largest fish to hide for months at a time. But the whereabouts of the 32-foot (10-meter) long basking shark for half the year have long been a mystery to humans...

May 13, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Is that your power plant on my roof?

Duke Energy wants to put a power plant on your house.

Over the next year, the utility plans to spend $50 million to plop a variety of photovoltaic panels on commercial buildings, the roofs of private homes, and other property in North Carolina...

May 13, 2009 — David Biello

Live-blogging space shuttle Atlantis's rendezvous with Hubble

Atlantis , launched on Monday, is on a servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The shuttle is making its final approach to the telescope, which the Atlantis crew will grapple with a robotic arm and draw in for servicing in a series of spacewalks beginning tomorrow...

May 13, 2009 — John Matson

Space shuttle Atlantis closing in on Hubble

Atlantis is in its final approach to the Hubble Space Telescope, closing in for a scheduled rendezvous at 12:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. After the shuttle catches up to the telescope in orbit and draws within 35 feet, astronaut Megan McArthur will maneuver the shuttle's robotic arm to grasp Hubble and pull it into Atlantis 's payload bay...

May 13, 2009 — John Matson

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