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Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects. Abundant natural gas in the United States has been displacing coal, which produces more of the chief global warming gas carbon dioxide. But the new international [...]

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Contract awarded for new facility at NASA Langley

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A New York City-based company has been awarded a $23 million contract to build a new computational research facility at the NASA Langley Research Center. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Turner Construction Company will build the new 40,000 square-foot facility in Hampton. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1Cvg0uo) that [...]

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NASA drones in national airspace to spot wildfires

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used [...]

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Step toward artificial hand with a sense of touch

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it. The two men told researchers at Case Western Reserve University that wiring some of their remaining nerves to a robotic [...]

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Lunar eclipse in Asia and the Americas

  TOKYO (AP) — Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some. Lucky ones saw the moon turn orange or red in what is known as a “blood moon.” The hue results from sunlight [...]

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3 win medicine Nobel for discovering brain’s GPS

  STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-British scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world — a revelation that could lead to advances in diagnosing Alzheimer’s. The research by John O’Keefe, [...]

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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

  CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy. Known as “red tide,” this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly [...]

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4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

  DENVER (AP) — Authorities say four students have been burned and one suffered serious injuries after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry lab during a demonstration involving methanol. School spokeswoman Lindsay Neil says three students were treated and released after the fire on Monday, and the other was transferred to another hospital because [...]

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Autopsy: Inmate died from heat, meds in NYC cell

  NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled the February death an accident on Friday. Antipsychotic medication therapy for treatment of [...]

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Hunt for scientific treasure in Hemingway journals

  COJIMAR, Cuba (AP) — Ernest Hemingway’s love of the sea and eye for detail have scientists hoping that a visit to Cuba by the author’s grandsons will open access to his fishing logs, which may be a treasure trove of information about the state of deep-water species before they were diminished by overfishing. Patrick [...]

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Harvard’s health school to get record $350M gift

  BOSTON (AP) — A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University’s School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university’s long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics. The donation, to be formally announced Monday, comes from a philanthropic foundation established by the [...]

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