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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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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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