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AP Top Science News At 8:30 p.m. EDT

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mars, get ready for another visitor or two....

Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface....

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil....





Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches....

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy....

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, federal officials said Tuesday....

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday....

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday....

Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
HONOLULU (AP) -- Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district....

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush....