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Telescope backers to resume construction on Hawaii Island

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 10:39
The chairman of the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Board says construction of the project will resume Wednesday.

Destructive southern pine beetle appears in Northeast states

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 05:36
ROCKY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — For generations, the southern pine beetle has attacked forests throughout the southeastern United States. Now it is methodically making its way northward, destroying thousands of trees in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and elsewhere.

Japan aims to resume Antarctic whaling later this year

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:21
TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn't proven that the mammals need to be killed for research.

Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:18
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades.

Philae comet lander back in touch after 5-day gap

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:10
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its Philae lander has made contact again after a five-day gap as mission controllers work to improve communications with the washing machine-sized spacecraft on a speeding comet.

Pope Francis' climate message yields little GOP response

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely.

Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.

DNA from ancient skeleton shows ties to Native Americans

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:24
NEW YORK (AP) — A DNA study says that an ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in Washington is related to Native Americans. The finding could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:53
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.

APNewsBreak: US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:13
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

NASA: International satellite studying oceans stops working

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:37
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says an international satellite studying the world's oceans has stopped working after four years.

Record year for renewable power; heat, transport stay fossil

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:07
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.

Europe's Philae comet lander may soon begin experiments

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:16
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — European scientists are confident they'll soon be able to start experiments on the surface of a speeding comet after a spacecraft lost for months on its surface suddenly "woke up" this week.

Russian science foundation fined in foreign agent dispute

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:26
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's largest private donor supporting science has been fined for refusing to register as a foreign agent.

Study: A third of global groundwater basins are overstressed

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 14:28
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world's largest groundwater basins.

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:40
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 03:33
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.