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Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet....

Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting....

El Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say....




Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres now in the spotlight
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up....

WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus....

Last surgeries underway in 12-person kidney transplant chain
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Surgeons have started the final operations in an organ donation chain that will result in six patients getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital....

European Union submits climate plan for UN pact
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The European Union on Friday formally submitted its planned contribution to a United Nations climate pact, pledging to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030....

Mouse study finds extra oxygen may spur tumor-fighting cells
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in attacking cancer....

Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday....

'Superbug' infections hit another Los Angeles hospital
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A second Los Angeles hospital is reporting that patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of widely used medical scope....

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