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Oklahoma wildfires threaten homes; smoke risky for drivers

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:26
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Grass fires pushed along by 35 mph wind gusts forced an elementary school to keep some children after hours Tuesday as wildfires threatened Oklahoma ahead of its annual tornado season.

Indian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed man

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:23
NEW DELHI (AP) — Scientists are analyzing a small blue rock that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India to determine if it is a meteorite.

Studies aim to restore habitat of imperiled Northwest fish

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:12
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations.

Nobel medicine prize panel official resigns over inquiry

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 09:42
HELSINKI (AP) — The Swedish panel that awards the Nobel medicine prize says its secretary-general, Urban Lendahl, has resigned because of an investigation into disputed stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini.

Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 22:17
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un.

7 dead, hundreds rescued and injured as quake rattles Taiwan

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:57
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday, collapsing a high-rise residential complex and killing at least five people and injuring hundreds. At least 230 people were pulled out from rubble, as rescuers raced against time to find dozens of others unaccounted for.

Strong quake hits Taiwan; 160 pulled alive, many trapped

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:13
NEW YORK (AP) — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:40
DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says millions of gallons of wastewater that gushed from a Colorado gold mine last year may have sent more than 880,000 pounds of metals into a river.

EPA: Traces of contaminant found in 3 Colorado water systems

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:45
DENVER (AP) — Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source.

Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in southern Japan

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 02:24
TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's most active volcanos erupted spectacularly Friday evening with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope.

First research links California quakes to oil operations

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:00
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.

Data gaps hinder explanation for Alaska seabird die-off

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:12
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal scientists investigating a massive die-off of common murres (merz) off Alaska say they're facing multiple unknowns about the seabirds, including what they eat in winter.

Stanford names New York university leader as next president

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:08
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Stanford University's governing board has named a neuroscientist who leads a prestigious graduate school in New York City as the California university's next president.

South African rangers seek to track rhinos in wildlife park

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:19
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (AP) — Rangers in a major South African wildlife park recently darted a rhino to install a tracking device on the threatened animal as part of efforts to stop poaching.

Video shows only known US jaguar roaming Arizona mountains

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:58
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range just south of Tucson in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.

Report: Food fish in Northeast at risk to climate change

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:37
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal government report says the list of Northeastern sea life species that are most vulnerable to climate change includes numerous economically important fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food.

Mystery meat: Was it really woolly mammoth on the menu?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:07
A Yale researcher says a lavish 1951 dinner in New York City promoted by the Explorers Club didn't actually include 250,000-year-old woolly mammoth, despite folklore about the event.

Zika Mosquito Likes Higher Temperatures

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:08
Weather can be a factor behind the Zika virus outbreak.

Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 23:22
GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists are poised to flip the switch on an experiment that could take them a step closer to the goal of generating clean and cheap nuclear power.

Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have mapped the genome of the bedbug.