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May 31, 2012

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

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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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Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history

May 26, 2012

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history.

Not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself.

Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have ...

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Astronauts enter world's 1st private supply ship

May 26, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts floated into the Dragon on Saturday, a day after its heralded arrival as the world's first commercial supply ship.

NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, the first one inside the docked capsule, said the Dragon looks ...

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Is China poor? Key question at climate talks

May 25, 2012

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press

BONN, Germany (AP) — Another round of U.N. climate talks closed without resolving how to share the burden of curbing man-made global warming, mainly because countries don't agree on who is rich and who is poor.

China wants to maintain a decades-old division ...

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Dragon arrives at space station in historic 1st

May 25, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule made a historic arrival at the International Space Station on Friday, triumphantly captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm.

SpaceX is the first private company to accomplish such a feat: a ...

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New telescope to be in South Africa, Australia

May 25, 2012

By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Australia and South Africa will share hosting of a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes and intended to help scientists figure out the make-up of the universe, the international consortium overseeing the ...

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German doctors apologize for Nazi-era crimes

May 25, 2012

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's medical association has adopted a declaration apologizing for sadistic experiments and other actions of doctors under the Nazis.

In the statement adopted earlier this week in Nuremberg, the association said many doctors under the Nazis were "guilty, contrary to their ...

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Private supply ship flies by space station in test

May 24, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, acing a critical test in advance of the actual docking.

The unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule flew within 1½ miles of the ...

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Global warming winner: Once rare butterfly thrives

May 24, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is rescuing the once-rare brown Argus butterfly, scientists say.

Man-made climate is threatening the existence of many species, such as the giant polar bear. But in the case of the small drab British butterfly, it took a ...

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Rich-poor divide reopens at UN climate talks

May 24, 2012

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press

BONN, Germany (AP) — U.N. climate talks ran into gridlock Thursday as a widening rift between rich and poor countries risked undoing some advances made last year in the decades-long effort to control carbon emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet.

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Say cheese! NASA Mars rover photographs own shadow

May 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even robots like to have fun. NASA's rover on Mars showed off its playful side by snapping a picture of its own shadow. It's the latest self-portrait since the rover, named Opportunity, landed on the red planet in 2004.

The photo was taken in March and NASA released it this ...

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Commercial Space Race Gets Crowded Behind SpaceX

May 23, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A privately built space capsule that's zipping its way to the International Space Station has also launched something else: A new for-profit space race.

The capsule called Dragon was due to arrive near the space station for tests early Thursday ...

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Wanted: Bigfoot hair samples for European study

May 23, 2012

By MARIA CHENG, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — European researchers are planning to use new techniques to analyze DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.

In a project announced this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology scientists appealed to museums,

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