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European Space Agency puts 2 navigation satellites in orbit

BERLIN (AP) -- A rocket fired from French Guiana has lifted two satellites into orbit that will form part of Europe's rival to the U.S.-made Global Positioning System, or GPS....

US biochemical engineer wins $1.2 million technology prize

HELSINKI (AP) -- American biochemical engineer Frances Arnold has won this year's euro 1 million ($1.2 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries in "directed evolution," which has helped sustainable development and clean technology become available in many areas of industry....

Arizona researcher asks for help finding meteor in Maine

RANGELY, Maine (AP) -- A planetary science field researcher from Arizona is seeking help finding a fireball recorded last week streaking across the sky by police in Maine....

Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological....

After delay, solar plane will fly from Ohio to Pennsylvania

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- After a delay to check for possible damage, a solar-powered airplane will take off Wednesday for its planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania....

India successfully tests small space shuttle

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has successfully tested its first small space shuttle as part of its efforts to make low-cost reusable spacecraft....

Mexico City issues 6th smog alert but lifts it after rain

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital....

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness

RIO, Fla. (AP) -- A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital....

Insect poop threatens to damage marble at India's Taj Mahal

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- Swarms of insects breeding in a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are threatening the intricate marble inlay work at the 17th century monument to love by leaving green and black patches of waste on its walls, archaeological experts said Monday....

East Coast's saltmarsh sparrow disappearing, scientists say

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The saltmarsh sparrow is disappearing from its home on the East Coast and could be headed for extinction in as little as 50 years, say scientists whose work could help protect the little birds....

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