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Scientists cheered by birth of Galapagos tortoises in wild

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:01
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

At last, a theory about why Denver is a mile above sea level

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:41
DENVER (AP) — Geologists may finally be able to explain why Denver, the Mile High City, is a mile high: water.

Want to see the solar eclipse in Norway? Mind the bears

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:27
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities are reminding visitors who want to eye a total solar eclipse from the remote Arctic island of Svalbard this month to be aware of polar bears, dress warmly and make sure they have a place to stay before coming.

German court orders vaccination cynic to pay for virus proof

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:07
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

Damage indicates underwater blast on Japan WWII battleship

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:38
TOKYO (AP) — Debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicates at least one underwater explosion had torn apart the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi 70 years ago.

US judge rejects Nevadans' bid to dispose of excess mustangs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:34
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.

Mars rover moving robotic arm again after electrical short

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:02
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars.

Huge ice chunks are giving parts of Cape Cod an arctic vibe

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:59
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Parts of Cape Cod look a little bit like the Arctic Circle this week.

Study: Conservatives say they're happy, but liberals show it

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study.

Bigger crashes promised in 2nd run of Large Hadron Collider

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:14
Scientists will soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which found the elusive Higgs Boson. They're promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around.

NASA set to launch 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:20
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is poised to send four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.

Solar system's largest moon may have ocean lurking below

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say there may be an ocean lurking below on the biggest moon in the solar system.

2 Russians, 1 American return from 6 months on space station

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 20:03
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian mission control says a Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan after the trio spent nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.

Underground hot springs on Saturn moon? Study suggests yes

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say there may be hot springs bubbling beneath the icy surface of a tiny Saturn moon.

Fossils of sea creature give clues to early limb evolution

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:52
NEW YORK (AP) — Fossils of a wacky-looking, 7-foot-long sea creature are providing new clues about how limbs developed in the family of animals that includes lobsters, crabs, scorpions and insects.

Report: Strong quake certain to hit California in the future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report says California faces a greater than 99 percent chance of being rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years.

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:39
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has taken off from Muscat, Oman, bound for India on the second leg of its historic round-the-world trip.

Sarah Brightman working on song to perform from space

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:03
LONDON (AP) — British singer Sarah Brightman is working with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber to create a song she will perform from space when she blasts off to the International Space Station later this year.

Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:54
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Swiss pioneers are attempting to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane without a drop of a fossil fuel. Here's a look at the plane and pioneers behind it:

Solar plane to take off Monday for flight around the world

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 09:07
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just after dawn on Monday, Swiss pioneers will embark on the first round-the-world trip ever attempted with a solar-powered plane.