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It's not a small world after all: world population will soar

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WASHINGTON - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24

NEW DELHI - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race.

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Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit

TALLAHASSEE - A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.

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Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.

Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds

WASHINGTON - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought.

17 Sep 2014

Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin.

17 Sep 2014

Ingredion bans new GMO corn at plant, mulls fate of second type

CHICAGO - Ingredion Inc, manufacturer of sweeteners and starches made from corn, will not buy a new variety of genetically modified corn developed by Syngenta AG, according to a notice on the ingredients supplier's website on Wednesday.

17 Sep 2014

USDA grants approval to Dow's Enlist GMO corn and soybeans

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

17 Sep 2014

Scientists locate 'ghost' ship wrecks in San Francisco waters

- U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed "forgotten ghost ships" in waters just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait.

17 Sep 2014
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U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

PARIS/CONAKRY - The United Nations unveiled plans on Thursday for a special mission to combat the worst Ebola epidemic on record in West Africa, as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. | Video