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New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

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CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday.

Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine 2:26am GMT

WASHINGTON - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday.

Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for first time in decades 2:06am GMT

- A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, conservation groups said on Thursday.

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Skin-eating Asian fungus imperils world's salamanders 30 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say.

Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study 30 Oct 2014

CHICAGO - Scientists have been puzzling for years over why some people survive Ebola while many others perish. A new study provides strong evidence that individual genetic differences play a major role in whether people die from the disease.

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Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied 30 Oct 2014

WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. | Video

Unmanned U.S. Atlas rocket blasts off with GPS satellite 29 Oct 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - An unmanned Atlas rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to deliver a Global Positioning System navigation satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. | Video

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Giant tortoises rally from near extinction on Galapagos island 28 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Conservationists said on Tuesday they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong enough to allow humans to leave the reptiles alone.

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Google executive sets new stratosphere skydive world record 25 Oct 2014

- A skydiving Google executive is safely back on Earth after jumping out of a giant balloon floating in the stratosphere more than 25 miles (40 km) above New Mexico, a feat that broke the sound barrier and shattered a world altitude record.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean 26 Oct 2014

- A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo ship ended a monthlong stay at the International Space Station on Saturday and splashed down on schedule in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico. | Video

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video