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The James Webb Space Telescope under construction. During cryogenic testing, the mirrors will be subjected to temperatures dipping to 24 Kelvins, permitting engineers to measure in extreme detail how the shape of each mirror changes as it cools. One of its developers, John Mather, visited UNM this week. (Courtesy of NASA)

Scientific rock star visits UNM

Nobel Prize-winning cosmologist discusses his latest project, a telescope to complement Hubble

Kason Lane Torrez, 3, of Albuquerque, with his grandfather, Clinton Lind of Corrales, watches the partial solar eclipse through a telescope at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday

All eyes on the sky for partial eclipse

The only partial eclipse of the sun visible from North America for the next three years occurred Thursday, with 36 percent of the sun covered by Earth’s shadow during the deepest part of the eclipse around 4:40 p.m.

Scientists trace earliest history of HIV

LOS ANGELES – Long before scientists discovered its role in a mysterious disease affecting gay men and intravenous drug users, the world’s most virulent strain of HIV had already begun its grim career in Belgian colonial Africa, according to new research.

Redactions from transcripts of 1954 hearings that resulted in loss of the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, shown here at a 1945 Military Affairs Commission meeting, were recently released by the Department of Energy. (AP photo)

Release of transcripts helps secure Oppenheimer’s reputation

The release of unredacted transcripts of secret government hearings held in 1954 by the Atomic Energy Commission produced headlines last week as the disclosures reaffirmed the once-questioned loyalty of Los Alamos Manhattan Project mastermind J. Robert Oppenheimer.

A great white heron stands on a pier as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches the area in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Monday. According to a new federal report, the federal government needs to do more to fight the acidification of the oceans.(Ricardo Arduengo/The Associated Press)

Report warns of ocean acidification

WASHINGTON – The federal government needs to pay more attention to what is often referred to …