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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


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


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


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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Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

Thu Apr 10 13:53:55 EDT 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.

An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security.

The Atlas rocket ...

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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

Wed Apr 09 10:32:50 EDT 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre ...

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Japan stem cell researcher says results valid

Wed Apr 09 06:52:19 EDT 2014


TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation.

Haruko Obokata, 30, struggled to maintain her composure during a ...

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Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

Tue Apr 08 12:57:49 EDT 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year.

Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 ...

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Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

Tue Apr 08 12:24:31 EDT 2014

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) — In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

It's far from the only lab in the world that is pursuing the futuristic idea of growing organs for transplant. But ...

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Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

Tue Apr 08 03:53:13 EDT 2014

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) — Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.

Experts say it's ...

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Slow start for NY town using birth control on deer

Mon Apr 07 19:28:51 EDT 2014

By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer.

Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Peter Swiderski said that ...

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In blind test, soloists like new violins over old

Mon Apr 07 15:08:49 EDT 2014


WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily.

Contrary to musical convention, most of ...

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UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'

Mon Apr 07 14:44:00 EDT 2014

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent ...

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