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Lightweight Gorilla Glass appearing on cars as automakers try to improve fuel efficiency

DETROIT The thin, lightweight glass on your smartphone could soon be found on your car.

Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass is used for the screens on billions of mobile phones. Now, car makers are using an automotive version to help shave weight off their vehicles and improve fuel economy.

Replica of Spirit of St. Louis soars 88 years after Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight

RHINEBECK, N.Y. Charles Lindbergh would instantly recognize the plane with “Spirit of St. Louis” painted on its nose rumbling above treetops in New York’s Hudson Valley. There’s a 9-cylinder engine similar to the one used in his historic flight, an identical cockpit under a 46-foot wing and a look-alike of his wicker pilot’s seat.

Christmas delivery: Space station gets 1st US shipment in more than half-year, presents aboard

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The International Space Station accepted its first U.S. shipment in more than half a year early Wednesday, receiving Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts.

“There’s much rejoicing on the ground,” Mission Control radioed.

Hyperloop Technologies to build track in southern Nevada to test super-rapid transport engine

LAS VEGAS A California company with visions of building a futuristic transportation system to one day zip people and packages at nearly the speed of sound announced Tuesday it is building a test facility in southern Nevada.

5-star new car safety rating to include collision prevention technologies for first time

WASHINGTON The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in accidents.

The 5-star rating system now uses crash tests to assess how well people inside are shielded from injury or death in front, side and rollover crashes.

1st US shipment in months flying to space station, food and Christmas gifts for crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service.

If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring.

Bad weather delays US space station shipment, 1st in months for NASA’s commercial suppliers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Wet and cloudy weather prevented NASA from resuming commercial space station deliveries Thursday.

The space agency was looking to get back on track with the first U.S. shipment to the International Space station in nearly eight months, but thick clouds and rain prevented an unmanned Atlas rocket from lifting off at dusk with 7,400 pounds of critical supplies.

Growing push to expose more school kids to computer science, even in kindergarten

MARYSVILLE, Wash. Moving her finger over the laptop trackpad, 6-year-old Lauren Meek drags and drops a block of code to build a set of instructions. She clicks the “run” button and watches as the character moves through a maze. She then pumps her fist in excitement.

“Yes! This is so easy,” says Meek, a kindergartener at Marshall Elementary in Marysville, north of Seattle.