• October 21, 2016


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Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday.

New 3D technology raises hopes for the coldest of cold cases

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The faces are haunting.

Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule has successfully delivered astronauts from Russia and the United States to the International Space Station after a two-day voyage.

Typhoon Haima lashes China; death toll up in Philippines

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.

Strong quake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously.

Soaring species: Endangered baby toads fly to Puerto Rico

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 4,000 wiggling tadpoles conceived via wine fridges in California and then packed in a passenger plane headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday as part of a program to re-establish a technicolor native toad once thought extinct.

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters say this winter will likely be warmer and drier than normal down south, and colder and wetter up north.

Scientists in Europe downplay likely loss of Mars lander

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists at the European Space Agency downplayed the likely loss of its Mars lander, saying Thursday that a wealth of data sent back by the experimental probe would help them prepare for a future mission to the red planet.

Massive carpet mosaic briefly uncovered in Palestinian town

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Archaeologists have removed the protective cover from one of the Middle East's largest carpet mosaics — but only for a day.

UNESCO urges halt to plan for Bangladesh coal plant in delta

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a "serious threat" to a region that protects the nation from flooding and holds one of the world's last populations of wild tigers.

Biden outlines progress in "moonshot" for cancer cure

BOSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the White House's "moonshot" to find a cure for cancer has been making real progress in the past year, but more needs to be done as the nation prepares to elect a new president.

Want a self-driving car? California considers public use

California regulators asked the public Wednesday to critique proposed regulations that would — eventually — allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads.

Divisive bid to build telescope in Hawaii faces new hearing

HONOLULU (AP) — A $1.4 billion project to build one of the world's largest telescopes is up against intense protests by Native Hawaiians and others who say building it on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain will desecrate sacred land.

NASA: Jupiter spacecraft detects problem, turns off camera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA says a spacecraft circling Jupiter has hit another snag.

European Mars lander's fate unclear, signs 'not good'

DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — The European Space Agency lost contact with an experimental Mars probe shortly before its planned landing on the red planet Wednesday. Scientists said that wasn't a good sign for the Schiaparelli lander, but it was too soon to give up on the craft.

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and unleash major devastation, a new study finds.

Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists.

Rock-smashing monkeys make flakes like early stone tools

NEW YORK (AP) — Call them knockoffs. Rock-smashing monkeys in Brazil make stone flakes that look a lot like tools made by our ancient ancestors.

Robotic scan for horses could hold promise for human health

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still inside a tube.

Indonesia's parliament ratifies Paris climate change deal

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's parliament ratified the Paris climate change agreement on Wednesday, obligating one of the world's biggest polluters to limit its carbon emissions.

Soyuz rocket carrying crew of 3 blasts off from Baikonur

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz rocket carrying two Russians and an American has blasted off for the International Space Station.

Underwater drone to investigate sonar contacts in MH370 hunt

SYDNEY (AP) — A ship involved with the deep-sea sonar search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is being fitted with a drone that will examine several sonar contacts of interest on the remote seabed west of Australia, officials said Wednesday.

Chinese astronauts enter space station following docking

BEIJING (AP) — A pair of Chinese astronauts entered the country's orbiting space station for a month-long stay early Wednesday, as China's sixth and longest crewed mission gets underway in earnest.

Astronaut describes career detour to US health director

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Kate Rubins applied to be an astronaut while she was procrastinating about writing a grant application to the National Institutes of Health.