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It's the pits: Comet appears to have sinkholes, study says

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:18
NEW YORK (AP) — Comets are basically dirty snowballs, but it turns out they can have a very Earth-like feature: sinkholes.

Too hot: Temperatures messing with sex of Australian lizards

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hotter temperatures are messing with the gender of Australia's bearded dragon lizards, a new study finds.

Survey: US political and generation gaps on science issues

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Age divides Americans on science issues just as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows.

Endangered Mexican gray wolves born at suburban Chicago zoo

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:33
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials of a suburban Chicago zoo say the birth of a litter of Mexican gray wolves marks a major milestone in the conservation of an endangered species.

Don't blink or you might miss the leap second on Tuesday

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:24
Tuesday lasts a wee bit longer — by a second.

China announces climate target for Paris deal

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:42
PARIS (AP) — China on Tuesday announced its contribution to a global climate pact that's supposed to be adopted this year in Paris, pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and to halt their growth by 2030.

Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI."

Pope applauds ecology advocates in Rome from many religions

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 03:57
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging people of different religions to work together to care for the Earth, which he calls our "common house."

Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 00:45
ST. LUCIA, South Africa (AP) — A group that runs wildlife parks in Africa plans to move seven lions from South Africa to Rwanda, where conservationists say the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago.

Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:12
After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest.

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium announces newly hatched penguin

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:47
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly hatched penguin chick is on exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

Whirlpool forms near spillway on Texas-Oklahoma border

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:32
DENISON, Texas (AP) — Water draining into the spillway on a lake along the Texas-Oklahoma border has formed a whirlpool.

Protesters block construction of giant Hawaii telescope

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 01:32
HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers Wednesday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes.

Man arrested as crews attempt to start giant telescope work

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:29
HONOLULU (AP) — A battle is poised to unfold on a sacred Hawaii mountain where plans call for construction of one of the world's largest telescopes.

House GOP targets Obama climate plan for US power plants

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving forward with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, defying a veto threat from the president.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:44
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to further pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

Wacky fossil worm reveals secret: Which end is which?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:21
NEW YORK (AP) — A bizarre-looking fossil worm that's been a puzzle for scientists has given up a secret: Researchers now know which end is which.

Ash from Indonesia volcano blankets provincial capital Medan

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:10
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Volcanic ash from Indonesia's smoldering Mount Sinabung has blanketed parts of Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, forcing residents to wear masks.

ADB: Climate change makes poor poorer in Asia-Pacific

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:55
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says climate change has been making the poor in the Asia-Pacific region even poorer and is also setting back efforts to haul them out of poverty.

House approves bill to overhaul chemical regulation

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years.