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Meteor captured on dashcam video lights up New England sky

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:11
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine police sergeant looking for speeders has captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera.

Thousands of tiny red crabs stranding on California beach

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 12:34
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of tiny red crabs are carpeting beaches in Orange County and creating an amazing spectacle for swimmers and surfers.

Experts: Mexico's Vaquita porpoise headed toward extinction

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 16:59
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Scientists are warning that the population of Mexico's endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, has fallen to alarmingly low levels and is heading toward extinction soon if drastic measures aren't taken.

Early snowbirds? Florida sinkhole yields ancient artifacts

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say a stone knife and other artifacts found deep underwater in a Florida sinkhole show people lived in that area some 14,500 years ago.

Endangered Sumatran rhino gives birth in Indonesia

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:06
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Sumatran rhinoceros has given birth at an Indonesian sanctuary in a success for efforts to save the critically endangered species.

National project to harness microbes for health, environment

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 20:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is beginning a major project to better understand the communities of microbes that are crucial to the health of people and the planet.

Prince's autopsy, toxicology tests may resolve uncertainties

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:19
Medical experts say the results of Prince's autopsy — particularly the toxicology report — may clarify whether prescription painkillers played any part in his death.

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho prepare for return of grizzly hunts

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:01
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three states are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in decades.

Tell the FDA what you fear more: Zika, or GMO mosquitoes?

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:33
MIAMI (AP) — What are you more afraid of, the Zika virus, or a plan to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes by releasing genetically engineered bugs in Florida?

UN: Rising air pollution in world's cities hurting millions

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 06:05
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says 98 percent of residents in large cities of low- and middle-income countries are facing excessively high air pollution.

Solar plane on global trip headed to Oklahoma from Arizona

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 00:14
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Arizona last week after a daylong flight from California is headed to Oklahoma next on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.

US won't appeal court rulings on lesser prairie chicken

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:27
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. government won't appeal recent court rulings that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Bear that mauled Michigan girl nearly 3 years ago killed

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:30
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mother bear that mauled a northern Michigan girl as she jogged along a woodsy path nearly three years ago has been killed after mortally wounding a pet dog that apparently was chasing one of her cubs, state officials said Wednesday.

Study: Bakken oil field leaks 275,000 tons of methane yearly

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:30
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new study says the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually, an amount that's less than previously reported.

Intelligent design professor earns tenure at Ball State

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:58
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University in Indiana has granted tenure to a faculty member who was ordered to stop teaching intelligent design in a science course.

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer's decline

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — A toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer's disease, and now researchers say it's the tangles that may better predict early symptoms.

SpaceX Dragon departs space station, heads home with cargo

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:51
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule is headed back to Earth with precious science samples from NASA's one-year spaceman.

Shallow quake hits Tibet, at least 6 hurt by falling debris

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:34
BEIJING (AP) — A shallow magnitude-5.5 earthquake struck the mountainous region of Tibet on Wednesday, blocking roads and leaving at least six people injured by falling debris, state media reported.

Wolves born at Brookfield Zoo released into wild of Arizona

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 22:16
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Mexican gray wolf pups born at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago are starting new lives in the wild of Arizona as part of a project to save the animals.

Scientists: Mussels, without noses, use smell to find homes

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 05:32
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mussels don't have noses, but two Maine scientists believe the dark shellfish rely on smells when choosing where to set up their homes.