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MH370 report: Underwater locator beacon battery had expired

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:52
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The first comprehensive report into the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has revealed that the battery of an underwater locator beacon had expired more than a year before the plane vanished in March 2014.

A year on, what's the latest in the hunt for Flight 370?

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 15:44
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly a year has passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern times. Since then, search crews have taken to air, land and sea in a thus-far fruitless hunt for the plane and the 239 people who disappeared with it.

Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 22:12
BEIJING (AP) — China's severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country's closely watched annual legislative meeting this week, as leaders try to ease public worries about air, water and soil contamination that threatens to derail China's economic rise.

Popular environmental documentary removed from China's Web

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 20:19
BEIJING (AP) — A popular documentary about China's environmental woes that has been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the past week has been removed from Chinese websites.

European Union submits climate plan for UN pact

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:32
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The European Union has formally submitted its planned contribution to a U.N. climate pact, pledging to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030.

Kidney donation triggers transplant chain in San Francisco

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:10
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a Sacramento woman donated a kidney to a stranger, she set off a series of organ swaps that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital.

Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:19
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting.

Eastern Oregon dig uncovers ancient stone tool

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 16:04
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America.

Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:45
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new study says fjords crammed with ice from tidewater glaciers are the noisiest places in the ocean.

Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres gets ready for the spotlight

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up.

WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 03:40
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it will soon start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the dreaded virus.

Second Los Angeles hospital reports 'superbug' infections

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second hospital in Los Angeles says several patients have been infected with a "superbug" tied to a medical scope similar to a recent outbreak at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Mouse study finds extra oxygen may spur tumor-fighting cells

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in fighting cancer.

Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say a fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans.

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:53
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says people around the world are eating too much sugar and should slash their intake to about 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories.

UK scientists work out weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:55
LONDON (AP) — Scientists at a British museum have worked out the weight of Sophie, one of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeletons.

NASA investigating short circuit on Mars rover Curiosity

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:45
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a short circuit.

Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:47
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental officials say spilled oil has covered 50 birds after as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked into irrigation canals and a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington.

Egypt unearths 3000-year-old tomb in southern city

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 05:18
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says American archeologists have discovered a 3000-year-old tomb with beautifully painted walls belonging to a nobleman who guarded the temple of the ancient deity Amun.

DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 04:38
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.