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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.

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.

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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.

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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

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

- Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday.

24 Jul 2014

Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial

- A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday.

Health, 24 Jul 2014
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Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

DAKAR - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.