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AP Top Science News at 1:02 a.m. EDT

Floods kill 78 across China, 91 missing, 400,000 evacuated
BEIJING (AP) -- At least 78 people have been killed and another 91 are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses....

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An official says a Russian balloonist has landed safely in the Australian Outback after claiming a new world record for flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days....

'Merciless' heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night....





Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can't find any
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form....

5 years after shuttle, NASA awaits commercial crew capsules
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Five years after Atlantis completed the space shuttle program's final voyage, NASA is still at least a year away from launching its astronauts from U.S. soil....

Zika investigations eating up funds, Florida officials say
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida mosquito control officials worry they won't be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first infection from a mosquito bite on the U.S. mainland is near....

Group clones California's huge trees to fight climate change
CAMP NELSON, Calif. (AP) -- At the foot of a giant sequoia in California's Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease....

Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a 'corn sweat'
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say....

Asimo meets Pepper: Honda and Softbank partnering in robots
TOKYO (AP) -- Is Honda's walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank?...

NASA celebrates stamp that has traveled 3.5 billion miles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA is celebrating a 29-cent Pluto-themed postage stamp stuck to the side of the New Horizons spacecraft that has traveled nearly 3.5 billion miles from Earth....