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Last Build Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 17:53:24 GMT

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Space shuttle blasts off on last night flight

Mon, 8 Feb 2010 16:58:54 GMT

Space shuttle Endeavour is rocketing toward the space station on one of the shuttle program's last scheduled missions.

Explorers' century-old whisky found in Antarctic

Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:39:17 GMT

This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century.

Scientists celebrate evolution on Darwin's birthday

Fri, 5 Feb 2010 23:37:59 GMT

Darwin Day came in a big way last year with hundreds of Feb. 12 celebrations noting the bicentennial birthday of evolution's icon all over the globe.

Ask USA TODAY Weather

Fri, 5 Feb 2010 17:38:32 GMT

Where is the top of a tornado? How much melted snow does an inch of rain equal? Are we in an El Nino? These and many more weather questions are answered in our online weather Q and A column.

Butterflies losing habitats due to climate

Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:19:39 GMT

A study of beleaguered butterflies in California provides some of the best clues yet as to how other animals may react to climate change, scientists say.

Mohawks, stripes: Dinosaurs had them before designers

Thu, 4 Feb 2010 21:21:39 GMT

Who knew dinos were so fashionable? Researchers now say they had color, from russet-colored feathers to a jazzy specimen with a Mohawk crest and stripes.

China doubles wind power in 1 year

Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:28:44 GMT

China doubled the amount of energy generated from windmills last year, a report from the global wind industry said Wednesday.

Iran sends rocket with animal menagerie into space

Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:41:27 GMT

Iran announced Wednesday it has successfully launched a research rocket carrying a mouse, two turtles and worms into space -- a feat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said showed Iran could defeat the West in the battle of technology.

NASA's seven new space pioneers are companies

Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:39:21 GMT

A half century ago the Mercury Seven embodied America's space future. Now it's the merchant seven: space companies for hire.

Medical groups assail patenting of human genes

Wed, 3 Feb 2010 05:57:45 GMT

Businesses argue in court that financial incentives are crucial.

President Obama kills NASA's moon mission plans

Tue, 2 Feb 2010 07:08:31 GMT

President Obama is redirecting America's space program, killing NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon and using much of that money for new rocket technology research.

What happens to those 3-D glasses after 'Avatar'?

Tue, 2 Feb 2010 02:10:33 GMT

Recycling programs are in place to deal with the 935,834 pairs of 3-D glasses worn daily to see 'Avatar.'

A science book worth your time

Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:45:48 GMT

Time waits for no man. But when it comes to time, one man, Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, might be worth yours.

Study: Water vapor may help 'flatten global warming trend'

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:40:06 GMT

Why Earth's surface temperature hasn't warmed as expected puzzles scientists. Water vapor in the stratosphere may be a factor, says a new study.

Deadly fish virus found in Lake Superior

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:05:02 GMT

Researchers say a fatal fish virus has been found in Lake Superior for the first time, meaning it has spread to all the Great Lakes.