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European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

BERLIN — A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life.

The European Space Agency said Wednesday its Trace Gas Orbiter successfully performed a delicate manoeuvr known as aerobraking that involved dipping into the red planet’s upper atmosphere to slow the probe.

Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows. It’s the climate change diet and scientists say it’s not good.

They blame global warming for the dwindling ice cover on the Arctic Ocean that bears need for hunting seals each spring.

Blue moon, supermoon, total lunar eclipse rolled into one

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.

On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn’t been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won’t occur until 2037.

Bears burned in California wildfires go holistic for pain

SAN FRANCISCO — Veterinarians successfully used alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture on three wild animals burned in the Southern California wildfires, although one patient ‚Äî a 5-month-old mountain lion ‚Äî did keep eating his fish-skin and corn-husk bandages, vets at the University of California, Davis said Wednesday.

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

WASHINGTON — The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan.

There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists who watch for them hope they spot them in time to get people out of the way if a truly dangerous one is heading straight to Earth.