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AP Top Science News at 4:34 p.m. EDT

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says
NEW YORK (AP) -- A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought - more than 100,000 years ago -- and maybe they were Neanderthals....

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings....

NASA spacewalking suits in short supply, report finds
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's spacewalking suits are in short supply, and a replacement is still years away despite the nearly $200 million spent on new technology, the space agency's inspector general reported Wednesday....





China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost
BEIJING (AP) -- Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports....

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai....

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies - and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work....

What's in a name? Bronx Zoo proudly displays 'snot otters'
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a salamander by any other name - and some of those names are comical....

Q&A: Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases
HONOLULU (AP) -- A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite....

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive....

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico
DENVER (AP) -- A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration....