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Feeling the heat: Earth in July was hottest month on record

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say July was Earth's hottest month on record, smashing old marks.

Fire blazes at Paris science museum; 2 firefighters injured

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 01:07
PARIS (AP) — Paris firefighters say a section of the city's main science museum is ablaze and two firefighters have suffered injuries fighting the flames.

Scientists create 360-degree images of Hawaii coral reefs

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 18:30
HONOLULU (AP) — Alongside the lush and steep windward coast of the Hawaii island of Oahu a team of researchers are creating images of coral reefs that are in danger of dying because of warm ocean waters.

Tanks from retired shuttle Endeavour going to space station

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The space shuttle Endeavour is retired and on display at the California Science Center, but it's still contributing to the space program.

Skeletons in Portugal may be Jewish victims of Inquisition

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:33
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese researchers suspect that a dozen skeletons found in an ancient garbage dump were Jewish victims of the Inquisition more than 400 years ago.

Egypt invites expert behind new theory on Nefertiti's tomb

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:31
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says it's inviting an Egyptologist behind a theory that the tomb of Queen Nefertiti may be located behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings.

Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits stem from artists' grafts

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 21:17
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Peaches, apricots, nectarines and rare plums can all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken's fruit trees.

FDA approves first pill aimed at boosting female libido

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.

Russia's stunt-loving Putin rides to bottom of Black Sea

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:18
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a small submersible craft down to the bottom of the Black Sea to see an ancient ship recently discovered off the coast of Crimea.

Muslim scholars call for climate action

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:11
ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslim scholars and environmental advocates from about 20 countries have called for a global phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, joining a chorus of religious leaders urging the world to take strong action against global warming.

US seed plan aims to protect land after natural disasters

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 08:02
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities have announced a plan to produce massive quantities of seeds from native plants so they can be quickly planted to help the land recover from natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes.

Air pollution killing 4,000 in China a day, US study finds

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study shows that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world's most populous country.

Drought forces trout to be trucked from California hatchery

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:29
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Tons of rainbow trout had to be rescued from a Central California fish hatchery and moved by truck to cooler lake water, sparing them from the state's relentless drought, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

Comet where spacecraft landed makes closest approach to sun

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:24
BERLIN (AP) — The comet where a European spacecraft landed last year has made the closest approach to the sun of its 6 ½-year orbit.

Army says nay to 700 feral horses roaming Louisiana base

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 18:06
Herds of feral horses are roaming on thousands of acres in Louisiana where soldiers conduct intensive training, posing a danger and a nuisance to troops at risk of being kicked, bitten or unpleasantly surprised by random piles of manure, Army officials say.

Los Angeles covers reservoir waters with 'shade balls'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has been blackballed.

Odd suckers: Octopus species that's weirdly social, romantic

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of the sea creature that's even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

Wildlife groups say 41 tigers have died in India this year

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:34
NEW DELHI (AP) — Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats.

Fearing stigma, Colorado contested Superfund status for mine

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:27
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:32
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government wants to push ahead with its plan to designate a huge swath of the Arctic as critical habitat for endangered polar bears over the wishes of the state of Alaska and trade associations.