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  • Toyota lawsuit: Did automaker buy up cars to hide defects?

    Toyota lawsuit: Did automaker buy up cars to hide defects?

    Toyota lawsuit charges the automaker with buying up defective cars in exchange for confidentiality agreements. Toyota denies the allegations.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Black Holes

    An artist's illustration shows a supermassive black hole, with a center millions to billions times the mass of our sun, surrounded by matter flowing onto what is termed an accretion disk. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. This disk forms as dust and gas in the galaxy falls onto the hole, attracted by its gravity. Also shown in the illustration, which NASA released Feb. 27, 2013, is an outflowing jet of energetic particles, believed to be powered by the black hole's spin.

  • Other Earths? A new estimate raises the odds of finding them.

    Other Earths? A new estimate raises the odds of finding them.

    Researchers predict finding many Earth-sized planets around sun-like stars, right in our own galaxy. But don't pack your bags just yet – you might not want to live on them.

  • China is on path to 'militarization of space'

    China is on path to 'militarization of space'

    The Asian space race is moving along slowly, but steadily – and China is in the lead, with technology that could give it a military advantage over the US.

  • Why does the space shuttle always look so filthy?

    Why does the space shuttle always look so filthy?

    Because it goes up into space and back.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Space Training

    In this 1960 photograph, the seven original Mercury astronauts participate in US Air Force survival training exercises at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. Pictured from left to right are: L. Gordon Cooper, M. Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Donald K. Slayton. Portions of their clothing have been fashioned from parachute material, and all have grown beards from their time in the wilderness. The purpose of this training was to prepare astronauts in the event of an emergency or faulty landing in a remote area.

  • Will space tourists be Earth polluters? Scientists sound a warning.

    Will space tourists be Earth polluters? Scientists sound a warning.

    As firms prepare to launch the space tourism business, one study warns that the soot from the suborbital crafts' hybrid rocket motors could collect in the stratosphere and warm the poles.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Voyager

    Seen here is a full-scale model of one of the twin Voyager spacecraft, which was sent to explore the giant outer planets in our solar system. Voyager 2 was launched August 20, 1977 followed by the launch of Voyager 1 sixteen days later. Both spacecraft visited Jupiter and Saturn with Voyager 2 continuing its journey to Uranus and Neptune. In spring 1990, Voyager 2 transmitted images looking back across the span of the entire solar system. Both Voyagers continue to explore interstellar space.

  • Moon's got water, yeah. But it's got other resource goodies, too.

    Moon's got water, yeah. But it's got other resource goodies, too.

    Besides water, frigid craters at the moon's poles hold other resources that astronauts might be able to use to sustain lunar bases. There's even a bit of silver.

  • Orionid meteor shower from Halley's Comet has big finish Thursday night

    Orionid meteor shower from Halley's Comet has big finish Thursday night

    Orionid meteor shower will conclude Thursday night as the Earth finishes traversing through the debris field that follows Halley's Comet.