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Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Wed Apr 23 14:44:44 EDT 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.

NASA scientist Kelly Brunt said it is more a wonder than a worry and is not a threat to shipping or sea level rise.

Brunt said the iceberg, named B-31, is about ...

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Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job

Wed Apr 23 11:28:25 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.

The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson, hustled ...

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Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

Tue Apr 22 16:53:11 EDT 2014

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say.

A University of ...

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Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

Tue Apr 22 16:03:31 EDT 2014

BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

Bourne, Mass.-based Hydroid ...

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Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

Tue Apr 22 14:43:12 EDT 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marches on record — except in the United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that it was the fourth hottest ...

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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Sun Apr 20 13:08:24 EDT 2014

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help ...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

Sun Apr 20 03:08:44 EDT 2014

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law ...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

Sat Apr 19 23:30:39 EDT 2014

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law ...

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Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

Sat Apr 19 16:59:32 EDT 2014

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

Workers and residents have watched ...

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SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

Fri Apr 18 18:23:27 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the ...

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NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

Fri Apr 18 13:49:01 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.

Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding the precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers.

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Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

Thu Apr 17 15:54:24 EDT 2014

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

The find, announced ...

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Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Tue Apr 15 10:33:16 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

The moon was eclipsed by the Earth's shadow early Tuesday, beginning around 1 a.m. EDT for 5 ½

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SpaceX delays station delivery launch

Mon Apr 14 15:53:48 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer.

With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral. A new launch date was not set; the next attempt could ...

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Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

Mon Apr 14 15:34:39 EDT 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

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Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

Sun Apr 13 11:38:43 EDT 2014

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

Such gases, mainly ...

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UN climate report balances science and politics

Sat Apr 12 09:33:38 EDT 2014

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from ...

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Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

Fri Apr 11 23:12:48 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay next week's launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA.

NASA said Friday night that a backup computer on the outside of ...

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Serbia experts use heavy machinery to move mammoth

Fri Apr 11 11:39:29 EDT 2014

By MARKO DROBNJAKOVIC, Associated Press

KOSTOLAC, Serbia (AP) — Serbian archaeologists on Friday used heavy machinery to move a female mammoth skeleton — believed to be one million years old — from an open mine pit where it was unearthed nearly five years ago.

Workers with cranes and bulldozers ...

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Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

Thu Apr 10 18:09:10 EDT 2014

By JOHN FLESHER and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday.

Wildlife agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin said they had ...

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