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AP Top Science News at 1:47 p.m. EST

Russia emergency teams look for debris of crashed spacecraft
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian emergencies workers are combing the mountains near the border with Mongolia for the debris of a cargo spaceship that crashed minutes after its launch....

Russia: Space ship malfunctions, breaks up over Siberia
MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said....

Nations OK European Space Agency's mission to Mars in 2020
BERLIN (AP) -- Nations have approved an additional 440 million euros ($469 million) to fund the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars....





Buzz Aldrin recovers in New Zealand after polar evacuation
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recovering on Friday in a New Zealand hospital and was in stable condition after a "grueling" medical evacuation from the South Pole....

Study: Biggest tornado outbreaks are spawning more twisters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed....

Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected....

'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression
NEW YORK (AP) -- The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show....

NASA spacecraft embarks on ring-skimming mission at Saturn
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Consider it a cosmic carousel with countless rings up for grabs....

After new regulations, Oklahoma's shakes calm down a bit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times that prevailed before a huge jump in man-made quakes....

Icy basin in Pluto's heart may be natural sinkhole
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The deep icy basin in Pluto's heart-shaped region may be a natural sinkhole....