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30 Years Later, ‘Back To The Future’ Car In Legal Battle

By David Porter NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — As “Back To The Future” celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, there’s a legal tussle over the futuristic car that provided the guts for the flying time machine used by Michael J. Fox in the classic 1985 film.

NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

By Brock Vergakis NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child’s toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red Planet is just one of many engineering challenges the [...]

Drone Market Resembles Silicon Valley’s Early Days

By Scott Mayerowitz DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for search-and-rescue missions. It’s not [...]

SpaceX Launches For NASA, No Luck With Rocket Landing At Sea

By Marcia Dunn CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP) — The private SpaceX company sent a supply ship soaring flawlessly toward the International Space Station, but the booster rocket ended up in pieces in the Atlantic following a failed attempt to land on a barge. “Close, but no cigar this time,” the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, [...]

Farmer Gives Historic Building New Life In Smith Center

By Tim Unruh SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — When Nathan Jacobs figured out where he wanted to raise his three daughters, it turned out to also be among his favorite places — home with his family, friends and the warmth of a welcoming community. As a bonus, the 33-year-old farmer is helping his hometown and [...]