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Chinese rocket re-enters atmosphere near California
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky....

Lions, tigers returned to sanctuary threatened by wildfire
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats have returned to a Los Angeles sanctuary four days after they were evacuated ahead of a fast-moving wildfire....

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues
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BOSTON (AP) -- A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family's seafaring past. Just be warned: You might not like what you find....

House GOP chairman threatens more action on climate probe
The chairman of the House Science Committee threatened further action Wednesday after the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general refused to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change....

Scientist say Jupiter storm heating up parts of atmosphere
BERLIN (AP) -- Astronomers say a massive hurricane on Jupiter could be heating up parts of the gas giant's upper atmosphere....

Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish
SEATTLE (AP) -- University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of stingray and other fish....

European Space Agency cuts radio link to comet lander
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency says it is switching off its radio link to the probe that landed on a comet, after receiving no signal from the lander for a year....

Scientists find new antibiotic right under our noses
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists hunting for ways to treat hard-to-beat bacterial infections have found a new antibiotic hiding right under our noses....

Cooking oil, graphene among CO2 capture prize entry ideas
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Cooking oil and graphene, a recently discovered substance stronger than steel, might seem to have little in common, but some theorize both could be made from carbon dioxide emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants....