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Revamped environmental law raises hope for cleanup in China

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:45
BEIJING (AP) — People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughens environmental penalties and makes clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue.

UN head urges better safeguards for climate disasters

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 21:01
SENDAI, Japan (AP) — The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.

Scientists cheered by birth of Galapagos tortoises in wild

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:01
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

At last, a theory about why Denver is a mile above sea level

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:41
DENVER (AP) — Geologists may finally be able to explain why Denver, the Mile High City, is a mile high: water.

Want to see the solar eclipse in Norway? Mind the bears

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:27
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities are reminding visitors who want to eye a total solar eclipse from the remote Arctic island of Svalbard this month to be aware of polar bears, dress warmly and make sure they have a place to stay before coming.

German court orders vaccination cynic to pay for virus proof

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:07
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

Damage indicates underwater blast on Japan WWII battleship

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:38
TOKYO (AP) — Debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicates at least one underwater explosion had torn apart the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi 70 years ago.

US judge rejects Nevadans' bid to dispose of excess mustangs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:34
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.

Mars rover moving robotic arm again after electrical short

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:02
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars.

Huge ice chunks are giving parts of Cape Cod an arctic vibe

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:59
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Parts of Cape Cod look a little bit like the Arctic Circle this week.

Study: Conservatives say they're happy, but liberals show it

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study.

Bigger crashes promised in 2nd run of Large Hadron Collider

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:14
Scientists will soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which found the elusive Higgs Boson. They're promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around.

NASA set to launch 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:20
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is poised to send four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.

Solar system's largest moon may have ocean lurking below

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say there may be an ocean lurking below on the biggest moon in the solar system.

2 Russians, 1 American return from 6 months on space station

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 20:03
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian mission control says a Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan after the trio spent nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.