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Elon Musk’s solar company used panels made by cheap prison labor for a big taxpayer-subsidized project

SolarCity is probably the best-known name in the U.S. for residential solar installations — it’s top in the market. The company was founded by Elon …

Solar Power

If A New Cancer Drug Is Hailed As A Breakthrough, Odds Are It's Not

Miracle. Game changer. Marvel. Cure. Lifesaver.<p>For Dr. Vinay Prasad, each one of these words was a little straw on the camel's back. At oncology conferences, they were used "indiscriminately" to describe new cancer drugs. Journalists bandied them about in stories.<p>Finally, the pile of hyperbole …

Cancer

Astronaut Scott Kelly to break US spaceflight record

Kelly is more than midway through an entire year at the ISS, as part of an experiment to study the effects of long-term spaceflight on the body and mind.<p>Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko is also spending a year at the orbiting outpost for the study.<p>Kelly's twin brother, Mark, is taking part on …

Space Science

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

Fossil Fuels

Spacecraft diving deep into Saturn moon's erupting water jet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Cassini spacecraft is about to get an icy shower as it orbits Saturn.<p>On Wednesday, Cassini will storm through a jet of water vapor and frozen particles erupting from the south pole of Enceladus, one of Saturn's many moons. The spacecraft will zoom within 30 miles of …

Astronomy

Yamaha built a motorcycle-driving robot, and it's already challenging a world champion

Watch out, Valentino Rossi<p>The Tokyo Motor Show, known for far-out concepts, is underway in Japan. We've already seen some pretty strange designs ourselves, but none of them are anything like what Yamaha just announced: an autonomous, motorcycle-riding humanoid robot called Motobot.<p>There's little …

Motorcycles

Wifi Networks Can Now Identify Who You Are Through Walls

Who needs a peep hole when a wifi network will do? Researchers from MIT have developed technology that uses wireless signals to see your silhouette …