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Scientists spot 2nd baby orca in endangered pod in 2 months

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:16
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A scientist who tracks a group of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound says he's spotted a second baby born to the pod in the past two months.

Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 20:02
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea.

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:38
BEIJING (AP) — China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

1st Chinese female astronaut gives birth

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:16
BEIJING (AP) — China's first female astronaut has begun training for her next mission after giving birth to her first child, state media reported Friday.

Ship company, engineer reach deal in Alaska pollution case

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:08
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A ship company based in Germany and the chief engineer on one of its vessels have agreed to plead guilty to illegally dumping oily water off Alaska.

Agency: Sage grouse spending to top $750 million by 2018

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:11
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018.

European capsule leaving space station Sat., skipping test

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:56
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A European cargo ship is set to depart the International Space Station this weekend. But it will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up the next day, skipping a special descent test because of a problem.

Ancient tablets displayed in Jerusalem fuel looting debate

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:28
JERUSALEM (AP) — At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay.

Footage of 1915 Chicago ship disaster that killed 844 found

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:30
CHICAGO (AP) — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.

Mistakenly killed wolf was animal from rare Arizona sighting

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say DNA tests confirm a wolf accidently shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.

Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 07:06
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling.

SpaceX tries 3rd time to launch observatory, land rocket

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 06:54
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is counting on better weather as it tries a third time to launch an observatory and land the leftover rocket at sea.

European space plane prototype set for launch

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:14
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is preparing the first launch of a prototype spacecraft capable of returning to Earth.

Survival for some endangered species hinges on 'Frozen Zoo'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:56
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells in liquid nitrogen.

Unmanned spaceship splashes down near Southern California

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dragon has landed near Southern California.

Obama seeks $2 billion in private dollars for clean energy

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is setting a goal of raising $2 billion from the private sector for investments in clean energy.

After 45 years, souvenirs from Apollo 11 come to light

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:58
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth satchel full of souvenirs brought back by Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Boris the polar bear has 3 teeth pulled at Washington zoo

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:31
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Boris the 29-year-old polar bear is eating only soft foods for a while after having surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth at a Washington state zoo.

Researchers help guard sunken tribe artifacts from turbines

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:36
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — University of Rhode Island researchers are working with Native Americans to ensure that energy companies hoping to erect massive wind turbines off New England don't inadvertently disturb the tribes' sunken ceremonial sites and burial grounds.

SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Tuesday

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:59
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying.

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