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NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water

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CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.

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Clouds, rain delay SpaceX Falcon rocket launch 7:59am BST

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Space Exploration Technologies delayed its cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA on Saturday after thick cloud and rain socked in its central Florida launch site.

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U.N. aviation body to mull space safety as space taxis ready for flight 19 Sep 2014

MONTREAL - The United Nation's civil aviation body, currently wrestling with how to help airlines maintain safety over conflict zones, is taking first steps toward protection for commercial vessels in space.

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It's not a small world after all: world population will soar 18 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24 18 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race.

Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit 18 Sep 2014

TALLAHASSEE - A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.

U.S. government warns Oregon researchers about monkey care 19 Sep 2014

PORTLAND Ore. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a major research hospital that it provides inadequate veterinary care to monkeys at its primate research center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said on Thursday.

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Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist 18 Sep 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.

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Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds 17 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought.

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Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets 17 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin.

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Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

FREETOWN - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. | Video