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AP Photos: Shuttle at sea, en route to new home

Jun 4, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The prototype space shuttle that arrived in New York City by air earlier this spring is on the move again, this time by sea.

The Enterprise had been parked at Kennedy Airport since it flew from Washington to New York atop a 747 jet.

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Rare sighting: Venus to trek across face of sun

Jun 3, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a spectacle that won't repeat for another century — the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun.

The silhouette of Venus will march across the face of the sun on Tuesday from the Western Hemisphere (Wednesday from ...

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Record NM blaze studied for forest management

Jun 3, 2012

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From the air, the smoke from a massive wildfire stretches as far as the eye can see, spreading across the rugged country in southwestern New Mexico where the nation's wilderness movement was born nearly a century ago.

On the ...

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Stay or go? Some towns are eyeing retreat from sea

Jun 2, 2012

By ALICIA CHANG and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Years of ferocious storms have threatened to gnaw away the western tip of a popular beachfront park two hours drive north of Los Angeles. Instead of building a 500-foot-long wooden defense next to the pier to tame the tide, the ...

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Experts: Okla., not Texas, had hottest summer ever

Jun 2, 2012

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas have argued for years about which has the best college football team, whose oil fields produce better crude, even where the state border should run. But in a hot, sticky dispute that no one wants to win, Oklahoma just ...

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Tips on how to safely watch the transit of Venus

Jun 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yes, it's true. You can damage your eyes by staring at the sun. People need to remember that as they turn to the skies to watch the silhouette of Venus march across the face of the sun on Tuesday from the Western Hemisphere (Wednesday from the Eastern Hemisphere). Known as a ...

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Lab: Burning rocks had elevated phosphate levels

Jun 1, 2012

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Additional testing has confirmed beach rocks that spontaneously combusted in a Southern California woman's pocket contained elevated levels of phosphorus, an official said Friday.

The source of the substance is still unclear, but an expert says it probably was manmade.

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Venus Takes Center Stage

Jun 1, 2012

By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a spectacle that won't repeat for another century — the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun.

So unless scientists discover the fountain of youth, none of us alive today will likely ever witness this celestial phenomenon ...

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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip

May 31, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration.

"Welcome ...

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Livermorium, flerovium join periodic table names

May 31, 2012

By MALCOLM RITTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after they joined the periodic table, two man-made elements have been officially named.

What used to be element 114 is now flerovium, honoring the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna, Russia, where it was created.

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Cosmic Smashup Predicted, But Earth Will Survive

May 31, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't worry about when the world as we know it might end. NASA has calculated that our entire Milky Way galaxy will crash into a neighboring galaxy with a direct head-on hit — in 4 billion years.

Astronomers in a NASA news conference Thursday ...

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Warming gas levels hit 'troubling milestone'

May 31, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.

Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the ...

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AP NewsAlert

May 31, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth, ending historic flight to space station

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin Galactic

May 30, 2012

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic says it expects to make rocket-powered test flights of its passenger spaceship later this year.

The company said Wednesday its spaceship builder partner has been granted an experimental permit from the Federal Aviation Administration — a move that will allow ...

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Air Force spaceplane aims for June landing in CA

May 30, 2012

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unmanned U.S. Air Force spaceplane that has been in orbit for over a year is coming back to Earth.

The Pentagon's experimental craft, which resembles a mini space shuttle, is slated to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The exact date ...

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New lab turns SD gold town into scientific hub

May 30, 2012

By AMBER HUNT, Associated Press

LEAD, S.D. (AP) — Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe.

It's hard to spot from the surface. Looking ...

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Back-to-back asteroids harmlessly fly past Earth

May 29, 2012

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A newly discovered small asteroid has harmlessly zipped close to Earth — just as scientists expected.

The 16-foot-long space rock, discovered on Memorial Day, passed by early Tuesday at a distance of 8,950 miles from the Earth's surface.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

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Saving Dominican forest and an elusive songbird

May 29, 2012

By BEN FOX, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic (AP) — An elusive songbird that wings its way each year from austere mountaintops of the northeastern U.S. to the steamy forests of the Caribbean has inspired the creation of what conservationists hope will be a new model for ...

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Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

May 28, 2012

By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry ...

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Homecoming buzz: Short-haired bees return to UK

May 28, 2012

By MEERA SELVA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — They've been away, but now they are — hopefully —buzzing back to their rightful place in the bucolic British countryside.

Around 50 short-haired bees were released into an English nature reserve Monday, some two decades after they were wiped out from ...

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