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California district agrees to pay $3.5B to clean up water

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 13:06
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's largest irrigation district has agreed to spend $3.5 billion to clean up contaminated water on central California farmland in a tentative deal to settle a decades-old dispute with the federal government.

NASA astronaut hits halfway point of yearlong spaceflight

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 13:02
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Scott Kelly is halfway home.

Agency nixes proposed rafts where walrus can rest off Alaska

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:12
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have declined the suggestion of a wildlife advocacy group to place experimental rafts off Alaska's northwest coast as a resting place for walrus.

Feds: Arctic sea ice levels shrink to 4th lowest level

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.

Bezos' space company to build, launch rockets in Florida

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 08:03
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is shipping his space business to Florida.

Decision soon on listing eels under Endangered Species Act

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:56
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen benefiting from booming prices for American eels are squirming about a decision expected this month on whether to list the fish under the Endangered Species Act.

Exhibit's CT-scanned mummies give new look at old world

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 08:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping?

Seattle-area dig uncovers 10,000-year-old stone tools

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 19:13
SEATTLE (AP) — An archaeological survey to clear the way for construction near a mall has unearthed thousands of stone tools crafted at least 10,000 years ago.

Ecuadorean sentenced to 6 months in prison for jaguar kill

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 18:38
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's environment ministry says a man who killed a jaguar and posted photos of the corpse on Facebook has been sentenced to six months in prison for killing a member of an endangered species.

3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 18:23
MOSCOW (AP) — A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Strong earthquake jolts Tokyo; no tsunami risk or injuries

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 17:18
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook Tokyo early Saturday morning, knocking books from shelves, but authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.

Scientists expect Hawaii's worst coral bleaching ever

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 16:35
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers say warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen.

Feds say New England cottontail doesn't need protection

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:08
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The federal government says it can take the New England cottontail rabbit off the list of species under consideration for special protection, thanks to conservation efforts.

Newest Pluto pictures show jumbled mountains, possible dunes

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 08:13
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spigot has opened again, and Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

Appeals court blocks pesticide use over concerns about bees

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 16:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees.

Study: Caffeine trade thrived in ancient America

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 16:27
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,000 years before Starbucks, caffeine was an international market mover, with ancient civilizations trading holly and cacao-based chocolate beverages between what is now modern-day Mexico, the Southwest, and the South, according to a new study.

Fed upgrade El Nino to strong, but not as big as 1997-98

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 09:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters upgraded this year's El Nino to an unusual strong status, but said it's probably not a record breaker or drought buster.

A squeeze down a narrow crack, and then an amazing discovery

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 07:53
MAGALIESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Jagged rocks hooked into Steven Tucker's overalls as he squeezed through a crack deep in a subterranean cave. Upon emerging at the other end, he saw he was in a chamber with stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Then his headlamp shone onto a bone. Then more bones, and half of a skull.

Q&A: South African fossils said to reveal new human relative

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 07:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers said Thursday that they had discovered a previously unknown relative of humans, revealed by bones found deep in a South African cave. Here's a quick look at the discovery:

Americans Don't Flunk, but Don't Ace Survey's Science Quiz

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 06:28
Solid C: New survey shows that Americans get 8 of 12 right in quiz on basic science knowledge.