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US to spend $328 million on conservation easements

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:11
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $328 million for protecting and restoring farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.

Seychelles snail, thought extinct, found alive

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:36
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change has reappeared in the wild.

Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:52
CHICAGO (AP) — Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity.

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:30
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The government of Australia's Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 09:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection.

Noel Hinners, former NASA scientist, dies at 78

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 16:31
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Noel Hinners, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later oversaw projects such as the Mars Surveyor Program, has died.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:22
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:27
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:11
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.

Hawaii volcano lava flow could threaten homes

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:02
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes.

Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:46
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts.

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:51
The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 11:17
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the health minister of the Central African country said Sunday.

Earthquakes over 5 magnitude shake Iceland volcano

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 01:01
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude — the biggest yet — have shaken Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.

NASA: Former astronaut Nagel dies after illness

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:16
HOUSTON (AP) — Steven R. Nagel, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, has died after a long illness. He was 67.

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:46
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.

Dinosaur footprints set for public display in Utah

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab.

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:07
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new study finds that 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 5 inches of water.

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:22
LONDON (AP) — Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:11
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced cyclist as it pushes to restore momentum and influence after a tumultuous two years.

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