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Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

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NEW YORK - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies.

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

LONDON - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland.

19 Oct 2014

GMO labeling foes spend big on campaigns in Oregon, Colorado

- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show.

U.S. 17 Oct 2014

U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said.

17 Oct 2014

Are we there yet? Scientists prepare for change of epoch

BERLIN - Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene - to reflect humankind's deep impact on the planet.

17 Oct 2014

Severe weather alert: U.S. study finds tornadoes coming in swarms

WASHINGTON - Tornadoes in the United States are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolated twisters, according to a study by U.S. government meteorologists published on Thursday that illustrates another trend toward extreme weather emerging in recent years.

Lawsuit seeks to stop Boeing, SpaceX work on NASA space taxi

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp filed a federal lawsuit to stop NASA work on newly awarded space taxi development contracts while a bid protest is under way, the company’s vice president said on Thursday.

16 Oct 2014

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.

Saturn moon may have 'life-friendly' underground ocean: scientists

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Saturn’s battered moon Mimas may have a thin global ocean buried miles beneath its icy surface, raising the prospect of another "life-friendly" habitat in the solar system, scientists said on Thursday.

16 Oct 2014

Spacewalking astronauts begin preparing station for new space taxis

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A pair of spacewalking NASA astronauts hustled through an electrical repair job outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, then began work to prepare the outpost for new commercial space taxis.

15 Oct 2014
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U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost.