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Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing


BERLIN/PARIS - A team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project.

NASA's hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short, report shows

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - NASA won't meet a congressionally ordered goal to find 90 percent of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter, the agency’s Inspector General said on Monday.

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Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster : study

NEW YORK - Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

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Fireball lights up night sky over eastern U.S

WASHINGTON - A blazing meteor lit up the night sky like fireworks across a dozen eastern U.S. states and prompted almost 160 sighting reports, the American Meteor Society said on Monday.

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Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

OSLO - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Environment 14 Sep 2014

Ancient flying reptile named after 'Avatar' creature

WASHINGTON - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the last letter of the genus name, Ikrandraco instead of Ikrandraci)

14 Sep 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

DETROIT - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

Tech, Media 13 Sep 2014

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights

SEATTLE - Stargazers across a wide swath of the United States could get a rare view on Friday of the northern lights, a colorful cosmic display normally only visible in far northern latitudes.

Environment, 12 Sep 2014

Double solar storms headed to Earth raise disruption concerns

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday. | Video

11 Sep 2014

NASA Mars rover Curiosity reaches base of target mountain

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the base of a mountain of layered rock that scientists suspect holds clues about whether the planet most like Earth in the solar system had the ingredients to support and preserve signs of microbial life.

11 Sep 2014

End 'panic' measures undermining fight against Ebola: Ghana

MONROVIA - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Monday called for the easing of restrictions on West African nations fighting Ebola, saying "panic" measures had led to isolation and undermined the battle against the disease.