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Art embraces science in new British play ‘Oppenheimer’

  LONDON (AP) — Suddenly, scientists are sexy. With Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for multiple trophies as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne turning heads as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientists are all the rage this awards season. So it’s good timing for the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose new play, “Oppenheimer,” features rising star John [...]

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Adrian Vargas, Santiago Medina, Rodrigo Salas

  GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the [...]

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British code breaker Alan Turing’s notebook goes to auction

  NEW YORK (AP) — A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” is going on the auction block. The 56-page manuscript was written at the time the British mathematician and computer science pioneer was working to break the seemingly unbreakable [...]

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UN says despite progress fight against Ebola is far from won

  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and “the fight is far from won,” the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said Tuesday. Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that “Ebola continues to [...]

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear. The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital, Nuku’alofa. Last week it disrupted international air travel to [...]

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Science panel: no alternative to bulk collection

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A committee of scientific experts has concluded that there is no viable technological alternative to bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency that allows analysts access to communications whose significance only becomes clear years later. An 85-page report by the National Research Council, commissioned last year in the wake of surveillance [...]

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Pharrell: ‘Live Earth’ concert to press for climate action

  DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Pharrell Williams says he’ll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert June 18 to fight global warming. The pop star is teaming up with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall to pull off a “Live Earth” concert on seven continents to build support for [...]

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Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include [...]

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APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court [...]

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Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a [...]

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Astronauts close to moving into space station for year

  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are just two months shy of launching to the International Space Station for an entire year. Already, though, scientists are clamoring for additional long-term subjects. Two people are not enough from a scientific perspective, NASA’s space station program scientist, Julie Robinson, said Thursday. [...]

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