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Navy bringing back NASA's Orion after test flight

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:31
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship carrying NASA's new Orion spacecraft was making its way to San Diego on Monday after retrieving the capsule from its Pacific Ocean splashdown point about 600 miles southwest of the city.

UN: climate change costs to poor underestimated

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:01
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The U.N.'s environment agency says the cost to poor countries of adjusting to ever-hotter temperatures will be twice or even three times higher than previously thought — and that assumes a best-case scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced.

Nobel prize for DNA discovery fetches $4.7M in NYC

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1962 Nobel prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA has sold at auction for $4.7 million, a world auction record for any Nobel prize.

Youth jobs program tied to drop in violent crime

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:11
CHICAGO (AP) — A summer jobs program that engaged mentors to help troubled kids in Chicago stay on track is linked with a big reduction in youth arrests for violent crimes.

Study: Killing wolves means more livestock attacks

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:51
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists have found that, contrary to what many people think, killing wolves does not always reduce attacks on livestock.

Work on Rome subway digs up ancient farm, tools

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:31
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient commercial farm in the heart of modern Rome, taking advantage of subway construction to explore deeply in urban settings.

Japanese space explorer to blow crater in asteroid

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:22
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese space explorer took off Wednesday on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth.

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 17:46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

Agency proposes critical habitat for ringed seals

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:56
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the U.S. seal population has proposed 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska's north and west coast as critical habitat for the main prey of polar bears.

Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 20:36
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.

Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:26
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year.

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:51
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.

Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:31
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation.

Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:52
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The scientist who developed the most widely accepted theory on aging that's used to study cancer and other diseases has died in Nebraska.

Crew blasts off for International Space Station

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:07
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station.

New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 20:41
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:37
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply drinking water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate spiking to levels making it unsafe for some to drink, levels experts say haven't been seen in the fall.

Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:52
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Workers digging an underground garage for a new hotel in Everett, Washington, recently struck something big about 30 feet below the surface.

Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:46
HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

NOAA: Globe Sets Fifth Hottest-Month Record of 2014

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:06
NOAA says 2014 likely to be globe's hottest year despite U.S. cold.