Here’s today’s roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

Retiring Space Shuttle Endeavour on its way to Bay Area, with flyover Friday morning – San Jose Mercury NewsClick photo to enlarge The Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off Wednesday on its final flight, piggybacking on a 747 across the country toward the Bay Area for a historic flyover Friday on its way to it final destination: a Los Angeles museum.

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AP Exclusive: Unique tombs found in PhilippinesThe discovery of the rectangular tombs, which were carved into limestone outcrops jutting from the forest ground, is important because it is the first indication that Filipinos at that time practiced a more advanced burial ritual than previously thought and that they used metal tools to carve the coffins.

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Disputed Study Links Modified Corn to Greater Health RisksRats fed either genetically engineered corn or the herbicide Roundup had an increased risk of developing tumors, suffering organ damage and dying prematurely, according to a new study that was immediately swept up into the furor surrounding crop biotechnology when it was released Wednesday.

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Final testing under way for Wyoming supercomputer(AP) â Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. […] the machine needs to pass its final tests. The National Center for Atmospheric Research hopes to wrap up testing and accept the supercomputer in October.

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Retiring Space Shuttle Endeavour on Its Way to Bay Area, with Flyover Friday Morning – 9/20 KQED Science News Roundup 2 October,2015Jenny Oh

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