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Court KOs New Jersey bid to block ocean blasting

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:59
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project.

SpaceX launches cluster of commercial satellites

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:38
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company has launched a rocket packed with communication satellites.

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 03:13
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland.

US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:28
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.

Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:32
CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.

Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:49
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.

GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal ivory trading is flourishing, and the U.S. wants to crack down on ivory sales as a way of combating elephant and rhinoceros poaching.

Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:34
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:33
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the fund's permanent renewal as Congress resumes.

Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:33
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.

Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:59
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil."

Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 22:04
BRUSSELS (AP) — Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.

US moves to protect scalloped hammerhead sharks

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:49
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threated four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favored as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade.

Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.

Chinese woman charged in trade secrets theft case

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:59
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a Chinese company's chairman was charged Wednesday in federal court in Des Moines with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.

5 things to know about Cousteau's undersea mission

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:24
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau comes from a famous family of filmmakers, advocates and ocean explorers, and now he's added to their legacy of sea stories a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys. Here are five things to know about Cousteau's "Mission 31," which ended Wednesday.

Fabien Cousteau ends mission at undersea lab

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:19
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau says his 31-day underwater living experiment in the Florida Keys was a monumental success that used tools of which his famous ocean explorer grandfather could only dream.

Officials clash over beach contamination warnings

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:09
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.