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Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

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WASHINGTON - If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

How do you make a bird? Shrink a dinosaur for 50 million years

WASHINGTON - Large flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small flying birds, but it did not happen overnight.

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Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets

HOUSTON - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space.

Oddly Enough 31 Jul 2014

Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins, research shows

ORLANDO Fla. - The lead in human teeth holds clues about where a person grew up and can help criminal investigators and archaeologists working with old or decomposed corpses, according to a University of Florida researcher.

30 Jul 2014

Airbus, Safran name Alain Charmeau to run space joint venture

PARIS - Airbus Group and Safran on Wednesday named Alain Charmeau as the head of a new venture designed to reorganize Europe's space launch activities.

30 Jul 2014

NASA's Mars rover sets off-Earth, off-road distance record

LOS ANGELES - NASA's decade-old Mars rover Opportunity has set a new off-Earth, off-road distance record, logging just over 25 miles (40 km) on the surface of the Red Planet to surpass the benchmark set in 1973 by a Russian probe on the moon.

29 Jul 2014

Researchers practice living on Mars - without leaving Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet.

28 Jul 2014

Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites

- An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft.

28 Jul 2014

Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study

ORLANDO Fla. - Babies in the womb show evidence of learning by their 34th week, three weeks earlier than previously thought, new research has found.

28 Jul 2014

Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study

FRANKFURT - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease.

Health, 25 Jul 2014
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African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

CONAKRY - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.