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Study: Ethiopian fossils indicate new forerunner of humans

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A fossil find adds another twig to the human evolutionary tree, and it gives new evidence that the well-known "Lucy" species had company in what is now Ethiopia.

Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 07:57
The first report from a big project to improve genetic testing shows it is not as rock solid as many people believe.

Court hearing in NYC on whether chimps have rights

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for two chimpanzees are heading to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept.

Hawaii governor: Telescope can continue, but changes needed

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 18:11
HONOLULU (AP) — A project to build a giant telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea has the right to move forward, but Hawaii has failed the mountain in many ways, Gov. David Ige said Tuesday.

Physicist's Nobel Prize up for auction; $325,000 minimum bid

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 14:36
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A retired Chicago physicist has put his 1988 Nobel Prize up for auction.

Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:09
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle.

Galapagos Island volcano erupts first time in 33 years

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:09
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Company lowers worst-case scenario for California oil spill

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 09:15
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Plains All American Pipeline is downgrading the amount of oil it says spilled off a California coastline in a worst-case scenario.

Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century.

California looks Down Under for drought advice

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 05:51
SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

Study: High altitude may boost babies' risks for SIDS deaths

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 21:52
CHICAGO (AP) — Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

Telluride going dark to help stargazers

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:28
TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Telluride residents were asked to turn out the lights on Saturday night and early Sunday to help stargazers see the night sky free of light pollution.

Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas'

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood Sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:01
TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.

Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:25
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.

Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:19
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts.

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:10
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon.

Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:01
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

Las Vegas feels magnitude-5.4 earthquake 100-plus miles away

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:26
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has struck a rural area of southern Nevada and has been felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas.

Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:03
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer — the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century.