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The Associated Press
AP Top Science News At 4:21 a.m. EDT

Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes....

Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista....

Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off
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LOPEZ PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island....

Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea
HONOLULU (AP) -- Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall....

Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well
Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday....

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights
BEIJING (AP) -- A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel....

SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature 'Buster' the dummy
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives....

Huge waves in California lure bodysurfers, crowds to beaches
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves....

Remote Utah outpost serves as stand-in for surface of Mars
HANKSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape....

Mars researchers suspend reality when working in Utah desert
HANKSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- The Mars Society chose the American Southwest for its training facility because the soil and lack of vegetation resemble the landscape of the red planet, but that's where the similarities end....



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