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AP Top Science News At 6:50 p.m. EDT

Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI."...

Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda
ST. LUCIA, South Africa (AP) -- A conservation group plans to move seven lions from South Africa to a national park in Rwanda, where it says the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago....

California oil spill gushed like hose 'without a nozzle'
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill - oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," records show....





High schoolers' experiment lost again on launch failure
Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space....

Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding
After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest....

Whirlpool forms near spillway on Texas-Oklahoma border
DENISON, Texas (AP) -- Water draining into the spillway on a lake along the Texas-Oklahoma border has formed a whirlpool....

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium announces newly hatched penguin
CHICAGO (AP) -- A newly hatched penguin chick is on exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium....

Image of Asia: Walking in an Indian rainstorm
In this photo by Channi Anand, a man walks with his cycle through a water-logged street as it rains in Jammu, India. The heavy rains lashing the city brought much-needed relief from a scorching heat wave. Temperatures exceeding 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Sunday dropped by 3 degrees on Monday in the city. The monsoon reaches far northern Jammu and Kashmir state later than most of the nation, around July 1, according to the India Meteorological Department. It forecast scattered and isolated rainfall in the region for the rest of the week....

Pope applauds ecology advocates in Rome from many religions
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our `'common house."...

Hawaii governor says state supports telescope construction
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii Gov. David Ige says recent attempts to block the road to the summit of Mauna Kea were unlawful and unacceptable....