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Lack of ice forces some 35,000 walruses to chill on Alaska shore


JUNEAU - Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced some 35,000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies said on Wednesday.

Paul Allen eyes Dream Chaser space plane to fly people into orbit

TORONTO - - A passenger spaceship that lost a bid for additional NASA funding may have new life ferrying passengers for Paul Allen’s space startup, Stratolaunch Systems, company officials said on Wednesday.

01 Oct 2014

Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly's miraculous migration

WASHINGTON - The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world's fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn.

01 Oct 2014

Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

CHICAGO - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain.

Tech 30 Sep 2014

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

BEIJING - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

Environment, China, 30 Sep 2014

Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi

TORONTO - Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday.

29 Sep 2014

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

Environment 29 Sep 2014

Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

WASHINGTON - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

27 Sep 2014

New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's

ROCHESTER N.Y. - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.

26 Sep 2014

India reaches Red Planet, but at home red tape binds space firms

NEW DELHI - As India celebrated becoming the first Asian nation to reach Mars, S.M. Vaidya, head of business at conglomerate Godrej's aerospace division that made the spacecraft's engine and thruster components, sounded surprisingly downbeat.

26 Sep 2014

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

DALLAS - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. | Video