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BERLIN (AP) — British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency's Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming "we're making history."
NEW DELHI (AP) — This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy.
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency has released the first picture taken by its Philae probe on the surface of a comet.
CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists say a swarm of earthquakes since July in the remote desert linking Oregon, California and Nevada can be traced to the constant stretching of the Earth's crust.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Orion spacecraft is now at the launch pad for next month's test flight.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's outlook for reaching a global climate deal next year brightened Wednesday as China and the U.S. — the top two polluters — presented a joint plan to reduce emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are blamed for warming the planet.
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists at the European Space Agency are poised to begin a historic attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.
Archaeologists say the bodies are the youngest human remains of that era found in northern North America.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials opened the floodgates at Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, sending water rushing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The five-day flood is meant to mimic conditions of the river before the dam was built, because the dam now blocks a majority of the sediment from traveling downstream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.
Russian Soyuz from International Space Station lands safely in Kazakhstan.
L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) — An appeals court is deliberating the fate of seven experts who were found guilty of failing to adequately warn residents of the risk before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
Heavy comet dust assault on Mars created 'mind-blowing' meteor shower, eerie glow, NASA says.
BERLIN (AP) — The human populations now predominant in Eurasia and East Asia probably split between 36,200 and 45,000 years ago, according to a study released Thursday.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said in a report Thursday that cast doubt over Beijing's efforts to stamp out the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they've discovered a new species of deep-sea coral off the Northern California coast.
BERLIN (AP) — The renowned lab that confirmed the existence of the elusive "God particle" has selected an Italian physicist who played a key role in that research to be its new director general.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — After a six-year scientific marathon that involved about 4,000 authors, contributors and reviewers and 30,000 climate studies, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has published its latest assessment on global warming. Now many wonder what's next.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Fossilized remains of a turtle believed to have lived in a swampy environment tens of millions of years ago have been recovered from a desert location in southern New Mexico.