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Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap

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WASHINGTON - It was the start of something big - really big.

NASA tries space kits to engage kids in science and space

NEW YORK - Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but their complexity can derail all but the most enthusiastic hobbyist.

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Utah sperm swap 'unacceptable' but still unexplained -university docs

- A University of Utah committee investigating reports that a Salt Lake City fertility clinic worker artificially inseminated a patient with his own sperm called the action "unacceptable" on Thursday, but said it could not determine whether the switch was intentional.

Health 6:23pm EDT

Scientists discover new rare genetic brain disorder

CHICAGO - International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain disorder that may have stricken families in Turkey for some 400 years.

Health 2:36pm EDT

With genome deciphered, experts aim to swat dreaded tsetse fly

WASHINGTON - An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads deadly African sleeping sickness, with the hope that its biological secrets can be exploited to eradicate this malady.

Health 2:18pm EDT

Spacewalkers to replace failed computer outside space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace a failed computer that serves as a backup to critical control systems, including the outpost's solar panel wings.

23 Apr 2014

Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.

Environment 23 Apr 2014

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought, study shows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday.

22 Apr 2014

Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness

LONDON - Sun seekers who leave northern Europe for warmer climes are marginally less happy than those left behind, a study found.

23 Apr 2014

First U.S. drone research center will focus on soil studies: FAA

WASHINGTON - The first of six U.S. test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will start flight operations during the week of May 5, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

U.S., 21 Apr 2014
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U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.