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SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station.

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Bowwow wow! Dog domestication much older than previously known 21 May 2015

WASHINGTON - Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.

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Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food 22 May 2015

WASHINGTON - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive 21 May 2015

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

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Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs allow precise, smooth movement 21 May 2015

WASHINGTON - More than a decade after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Erik Sorto has been unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks.

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'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell' 21 May 2015

NEW YORK - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a "Top 10" list that highlights the diversity of life.

Bluebird's gene therapy continues to show promise in early study 21 May 2015

- Biotech firm Bluebird Bio Inc said its experimental gene therapy continued to exhibit a positive effect in an ongoing early-stage study of patients with rare types of blood disorders.

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Human ancestors made stone tools earlier than previously known 20 May 2015

WASHINGTON - Our ancient ancestors made stone tools, a milestone achievement along the path of human progress, much earlier than previously thought and far before the appearance of the first known member of our genus Homo.

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Washington state finds first dinosaur fossil, T. rex relative bone 21 May 2015

SEATTLE - Scientists digging among coastal rocks in Washington state have found the partial left femur of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur, a fossil believed to be about 80 million years old and the first of its kind found in the state, scientists said on Wednesday.

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U.S. Air Force mini shuttle back in orbit for secret mission 20 May 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to put a mostly classified experimental space plane into orbit for the U.S. military.

U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

CHICAGO/NEW YORK - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. | Video