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AP Top Science News At 3:41 a.m. EST

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died....

NASA launches Earth-observing satellite
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts....

Scientists abandon highly publicized claim about cosmic find
NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they'd found long-sought evidence about the early universe are now abandoning that claim....

Cold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released
GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) -- Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast....

Historic balloon flight ends off Mexican coast
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option."...

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about....

EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope....

NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California and technical problems....

Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching
HONOLULU (AP) -- Coral rely on algae for food and their survival....

Charles Townes, who helped invent now-ubiquitous laser, dies
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast....