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AP Top Science News At 9:13 a.m. EST

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery....

Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
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DENVER (AP) -- Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form....

Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first
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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects....





Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says....

Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release....

Europe's Venus probe set for fiery demise
BERLIN (AP) -- An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks....

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study....

Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods....

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane at Mars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet's atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what....

Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday....