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Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:18
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades.

Philae comet lander back in touch after 5-day gap

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:10
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its Philae lander has made contact again after a five-day gap as mission controllers work to improve communications with the washing machine-sized spacecraft on a speeding comet.

Pope Francis' climate message yields little GOP response

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely.

Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.

DNA from ancient skeleton shows ties to Native Americans

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:24
NEW YORK (AP) — A DNA study says that an ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in Washington is related to Native Americans. The finding could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:53
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.

APNewsBreak: US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:13
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

NASA: International satellite studying oceans stops working

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:37
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says an international satellite studying the world's oceans has stopped working after four years.

Record year for renewable power; heat, transport stay fossil

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:07
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.

Europe's Philae comet lander may soon begin experiments

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:16
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — European scientists are confident they'll soon be able to start experiments on the surface of a speeding comet after a spacecraft lost for months on its surface suddenly "woke up" this week.

Russian science foundation fined in foreign agent dispute

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:26
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's largest private donor supporting science has been fined for refusing to register as a foreign agent.

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 14:28
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world's largest groundwater basins.

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:40
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:33
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.

Study: The greener a state's legislator, the cleaner the air

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — States where the congressional delegation votes greener tend to have air that's cleaner, spewing less heat-trapping gas, a new study finds.

Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on German kids

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:42
BERLIN (AP) — Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a study published Monday.

Is the US starting to turn the corner on urban sprawl?

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once the signature of an era of pell-mell development, American sprawl has slowed to a crawl in recent years, a new study finds.

SpaceX announces design competition for Hyperloop

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 08:11
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire Elon Musk wants to jump-start his Hyperloop high-speed transit system.

Europe's comet lander makes 2nd contact after waking up

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:21
BERLIN (AP) — The Philae spacecraft has been in touch with Earth from a comet for the second time since waking up, though it delivered less data than on its first contact.