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US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

Jul 23, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes into ...

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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying NASA's Space Launch System is at "high risk of missing" its planned ...

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Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Jul 23, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot, windy weather known as "red flag" days not ...

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NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

Jul 21, 2014

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed there 45 years ago.

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World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

Jul 21, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees,

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Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

Jul 17, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since ...

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Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

Jul 17, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Now's the time to get moonstruck.

Forty-five years ago Sunday, Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. Armstrong's "one small step ... one giant leap" on the dusty lunar surface ...

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Comet-chasing space probe makes surprise discovery

Jul 17, 2014

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice, scientists said Thursday.

The pictures released by the European Space Agency were taken ...

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After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

Jul 17, 2014

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that ...

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Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

Jul 16, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since.

He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon.

They missed the whole celebration 45 years ago this Sunday. So did Michael ...

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Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

Jul 16, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study found that cities that regularly replace old natural gas lines don't leak as much methane as older cities who don't fix them.

Using a gas-sniffing device attached to Google's city-mapping cars and new calculations that determine ...

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Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release

Jul 16, 2014

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.

Mo Yun, 42, is in Des ...

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UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

Jul 16, 2014

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the ...

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Commercial shipment arrives at space station

Jul 16, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods Wednesday.

A private cargo ship launched three days ago from Virginia arrived at the orbiting complex a little after 6:30 a.m. EDT. The station's commander, Steven ...

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Texas city weighs ban on new fracking permits

Jul 16, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to partially ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote early Wednesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new ...

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Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

Jul 15, 2014

By KRISTI EATON, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck about 2:20 a.m. 3 miles northeast of Harrah, a ...

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South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

Jul 15, 2014

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Matt Guthmiller, 19, completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a leased single-engine airplane late Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon,

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Court KOs New Jersey bid to block ocean blasting

Jul 14, 2014

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project.

The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of ...

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Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

Jul 14, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL and JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry ...

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