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Space station awaits for Russian craft after delay

Mar 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts is on track to arrive at the International Space Station after a delay.

Docking with the orbiting outpost was set for Thursday evening.

The trio blasted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday on what was supposed to be a six-hour "fast ...

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Space station arrival delayed for US-Russian crew

Mar 26, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A software glitch on a Russian spacecraft heading to the International Space Station has delayed the arrival of three astronauts, including an American.

NASA said the crew was in no danger, and the U.S.-Russia space partnership was strong ...

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UN chief on Greenland climate change visit

Mar 26, 2014

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Global warming must not be forgotten, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after visiting Greenland to get an up-close look at the consequences of climate problems.

"You can't argue with nature. We need to act now," Ban said ...

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Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

Mar 26, 2014

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.

It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial ...

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NASA measures snowpack in California, Colorado

Mar 26, 2014

By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff.

In a new mission, NASA fixed a ...

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Climate scientists in Japan to study warming risks

Mar 25, 2014

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday.

The hundreds of scientists ...

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UN: 2013 extreme events due to warming Earth

Mar 24, 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. weather agency blamed extreme weather on human-induced climate change Monday, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Pacific region last year.

Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World ...

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Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people

Mar 24, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.

In fact, they will say, the dangers of a ...

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Spring forecast: Cool in North, still dry in West

Mar 20, 2014

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn't even burn a snowman.

OK, so it was a fake snowman. But it was real snow that got in the way.

For many Americans, it feels like winter is ...

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25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger

Mar 20, 2014

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation's largest oil spill.

The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at ...

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Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

Mar 19, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.

Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something.

"People need to ...

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Israel building center for ancient artifacts

Mar 18, 2014

By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is building a national archaeological center to store and showcase its rich collection of some two million ancient artifacts, including the world's largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday.

Most of ...

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Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Mar 17, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.

Dug up from Antarctica, the simple moss was about 1,600 years old, black and looked dead. But when it was ...

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Space station moves away from space junk

Mar 17, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station had to sidestep a piece of space junk.

NASA said Monday the space station had to dodge part of an old satellite. Sunday night's firing of on-board thrusters pushed the orbiting lab up a half-mile.

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Japanese lab investigating its stem cell research

Mar 14, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-funded laboratory says it has found "inappropriate handling" of data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper, but has yet to discover anything that amounts to misconduct.

Officials of RIKEN research institute released an interim report Friday at a packed ...

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Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges

Mar 11, 2014

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a preliminary study in 12 healthy people suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.

For one thing, the Stanford University ...

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US-Russian 3-man space station crew lands safely

Mar 11, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian crew returning after spending nearly six months on the International Space Station landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

NASA said in a live TV broadcast that the capsule carrying American Mike Hopkins and Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergey ...

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Residents frustrated at lack of nuke dump details

Mar 7, 2014

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Residents and local officials voiced frustration Thursday with the amount of information being released by the U.S. Department of Energy about a radiation leak last month at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump.

John Heaton, a ...

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Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid

Mar 6, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.

Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzzy object. Further observations by ground telescopes ...

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Here comes El Nino; good news for US weather woes

Mar 6, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

The warming, called an ...

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