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Poll: US belief in warming rises with thermometer

Feb 28, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' belief in global warming is on the rise, along with temperatures and surprising weather changes, according to a new university poll.

The survey by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College says 62 percent of those asked ...

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Obama plan for spotted owl targets rival bird

Feb 28, 2012

By JEFF BARNARD and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

The plan is the latest federal attempt to ...

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French regulator warns of Google privacy policy

Feb 28, 2012

By GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Google's new privacy policy appears to violate the European Union's data protection rules, France's regulator said Tuesday, just two days before the new guidelines are set to come into force.

Google announced its new privacy policy with ...

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Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions

Feb 27, 2012

By ALICIA CHANG and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Monday it's not giving up on Mars, but it'll have to get there later and at a lower price.

Earlier this month, the president's budget canceled joint U.S.-European robotic missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018. Now top ...

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Navy launches new communications satellite

Feb 24, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Navy has launched a new communications satellite after two weather-related scrubs last week.

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched from Cape Canaveral at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

The $2.1 billion narrowband tactical ...

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W. Pa. tests: Chemicals in drilling area water

Feb 24, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

EVANS CITY, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman says state environmental officials refused to do follow-up tests after their lab reported her drinking water contained chemicals that could be from nearby gas drilling.

Janet McIntyre's is one of at ...

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Venus, Jupiter, moon offer dazzling night show

Feb 23, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Stargazers of the world are getting a treat this weekend.

On Saturday and again Sunday, Venus, Jupiter and Earth's moon converge for a brilliant night show.

Venus and Jupiter already are lining up in the western sky. In mid-February,

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Tornado season looms, but forecasting a challenge

Feb 23, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tornado season is starting, but don't ask meteorologists how bad it will be this spring and summer.

They don't know. They're having a hard enough time getting a fix on the likely path of storms expected in the next 48 hours, from the Ohio ...

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Scientist admits taking, leaking think-tank papers

Feb 22, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the field of climate science, when someone — especially skeptics — did something ethically questionable or misrepresented facts, scientist Peter Gleick was usually among the first and loudest to cry foul. He chaired a prominent scientific ...

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Pioneering molecular biologist Roy J. Britten dies

Feb 22, 2012

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Roy J. Britten, a pioneering molecular biologist who discovered the crucial fact that humans and animals have multiple copies of some DNA segments, has died. He was 92.

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where Britten performed research for decades, said ...

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New family of legless amphibians found in India

Feb 21, 2012

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Since before the age of dinosaurs it has burrowed unbothered beneath the monsoon-soaked soils of remote northeast India — unknown to science and mistaken by villagers as a deadly, miniature snake.

But this legless amphibian's time in obscurity has ...

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Glenn marks 50 years since historic orbit of Earth

Feb 21, 2012

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn made his historic spaceflight alone in 1962 but celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday among hundreds of people within his orbit, from fellow headline-making astronauts and NASA's administrator to family, friends and students at ...

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China e-commerce firm Alibaba in privatization bid

Feb 21, 2012

By KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — Alibaba.com's parent company wants to take the Chinese e-commerce company private for $2.5 billion, the firms said Tuesday, part of a shift in business strategy that also includes plans to buy back a stake from Yahoo Inc.

Alibaba Group Holding ...

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Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow

Feb 20, 2012

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant ...

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Italian Nobel medicine winner Dulbecco dies at 97

Feb 20, 2012

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Renato Dulbecco, who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in medicine for his seminal research on the interaction between tumors and cells, has died in California. He was 97.

Dulbecco, an early proponent of sequencing genomes that led to the Human Genome ...

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Glenn marks 50 years since historic orbit of Earth

Feb 20, 2012

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn made his historic spaceflight alone in 1962 but celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday among hundreds of people within his orbit, from fellow headline-making astronauts and NASA's administrator to family, friends and students at ...

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John Glenn reunites with 50-year-old Mercury team

Feb 18, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

The first American to orbit the Earth thanked the approximately 125 retired ...

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Rare tree frog euthanized at Zoo Atlanta

Feb 17, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say a rare tree frog whose species is now believed to be extinct in the wild had to be euthanized after a decline in his health.

The Rabbs' fringe-limb tree frog was believed to be one of the last two of its kind left on Earth. Zoo officials said Friday the ...

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Glenn fever returns 50 years after historic flight

Feb 17, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — John Glenn fever gripped Cape Canaveral on Friday, just as it did half a century ago when America was on the verge of launching its first man into orbit.

Hundreds of NASA workers jammed a space center auditorium, three days before the ...

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Godspeed John Glenn: 50 years since first US orbit

Feb 17, 2012

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The name still resonates and generates goose bumps like few others in the world of spaceflight.

John Glenn.

Even astronauts — not just the rest of us mere mortals — get mushy talking about Project Mercury's "clean Marine" who led the ...

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