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Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly's miraculous migration

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WASHINGTON - The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world's fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn.

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Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants 30 Sep 2014

CHICAGO - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain.

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops 30 Sep 2014

BEIJING - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

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Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi 30 Sep 2014

TORONTO - Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday.

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Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF 29 Sep 2014

GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

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Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX 27 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

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New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's 27 Sep 2014

ROCHESTER N.Y. - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.

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India reaches Red Planet, but at home red tape binds space firms 26 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI - As India celebrated becoming the first Asian nation to reach Mars, S.M. Vaidya, head of business at conglomerate Godrej's aerospace division that made the spacecraft's engine and thruster components, sounded surprisingly downbeat.

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U.S.-Russian crew safely reaches space station despite glitch 26 Sep 2014

ALMATY - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. | Video

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Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study 26 Sep 2014

ORLANDO Fla. - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone.

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Up to 18 exposed to U.S. Ebola patient, including children

DALLAS - Health experts were observing up to 18 people, including children, who had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, officials said on Wednesday. | Video