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AP Top Science News at 4:54 a.m. EDT

Lake Tahoe warming 15 times faster than long-term average
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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the last four years than any time on record - 15 times faster than the long-term warming rate over the past half century, scientists say....

Testing confirms new, rarely seen whale in Pacific Ocean
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Genetic tests confirm that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean, according to research published this week....

Chinese rocket sends streak of light across Western US sky
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Chinese rocket body streaking across the night sky over the Western United States lit up social media as people shared photos and video of the bright object....





NOAA: Drone technology aids whale research off Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) -- Federal researchers returning from a 30-day expedition to study whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian Islands said they are looking for clues to help sustain healthy populations of the marine mammals....

Big cats returned to California sanctuary threatened by fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats came home to a sanctuary north of Los Angeles days after they were evacuated in the teeth of an advancing wildfire....

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues
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....