First US Moon Lander in 50 Years Goes Silent

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida —  The first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon since the Apollo astronauts fell silent Thursday, a week after breaking a leg at touchdown and tipping over near the lunar south pole. Intuitive Machines’ lander, Odysseus, lasted longer than the company anticipated after it ended up on its side with hobbled … Read more

Republican-led Alabama Legislature Passes Bill to Protect IVF

Alabama’s Republican-led legislature on Thursday passed a bill aimed at protecting the IVF industry after the state Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos should be considered children, prompting at least three Alabama providers to halt the fertility procedure. The bill passed the Senate 34-0, with one member abstaining, after passing the House by a vote … Read more

US Moon Lander Odysseus ‘Still Kicking’ a Week After Sideways Landing

Odysseus, the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon in half a century, was “still kicking” on Thursday but nearing shutdown, as scientists watched out for the final signals from its multimillion-dollar mission to collect data. The spacecraft touched down on the lunar surface a week ago, and its operators had hoped it could … Read more

Biden Deemed ‘Healthy, Active, Robust’ During Annual Physical Exam

washington —  U.S. President Joe Biden’s is a “healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency,” his physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday, following Biden’s annual physical examination. “The president feels well, and this year’s physical identified no … Read more

Older US Adults Should Get Another COVID Shot, Say Health Officials

new york —  Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans 65 and older should get another dose of the updated vaccine that became available in September — … Read more

US Senate Republicans Block Democrats’ Bill Assuring Right to IVF

WASHINGTON —  Democrats on Wednesday failed in an attempt to rush legislation through the U.S. Senate guaranteeing Americans’ access to in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, after an Alabama court designated frozen embryos as children. The state Supreme Court ruling on February 16 that frozen embryos should be considered children prompted at least … Read more

US Plans Clean Energy Projects for Native American Tribes, Rural Areas

The federal government will fund 17 projects across the United States to expand access to renewable energy on Native American reservations and in other rural areas, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. The $366 million plan will fund solar, battery storage and hydropower projects in sparsely populated regions where electricity can be costly and unreliable. The … Read more

‘Past Lives,’ ‘American Fiction’ And ‘The Holdovers’ Are Big Winners at Independent Spirit Awards

Celine Song’s quiet romance “Past Lives” won two of the biggest awards at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Sunday afternoon, including best feature and best director. Other big winners were Cord Jefferson’s comedic satire ” American Fiction,” with Jeffrey Wright winning for lead performer; and Alexander Payne’s ” The Holdovers,” which won prizes for Da’Vine … Read more

Private US Lunar Lander Will Stop Working Tuesday 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —  A private U.S. lunar lander is expected to stop working Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston company that built and flew the spacecraft, said Monday it will continue to collect data until sunlight no longer shines on the … Read more