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AP Top Science News At 7:47 a.m. EST

AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic - and controversial - moves by the administration to improve air quality....

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday....

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift
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NEW YORK (AP) -- It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium....





Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation....

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98....

Crew docks at International Space Station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan....

Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon....

Nobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block....

Conservationists sue over federal coal program
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change....

New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight....