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Scientists find fossil of ancient hedgehog-like mammal

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 09:16
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the fossil of a small, furry creature found in a Spanish quarry indicates that mammals evolved hedgehog-like spines far earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Fossil teeth show earliest sign of people in southern Asia

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 09:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say dozens of fossil human teeth from a cave in China show that people lived in southern Asia more than 80,000 years ago,

European body puzzled by uproar over Danish zoo dissection

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:43
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A European zoo organization says it supports a Danish park's plan to dissect a year-old lion culled to avoid inbreeding, adding some of the online uproar disregards the educational part of it.

Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:11
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.

New Hampshire oyster project: Cooperation on the half shell

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 21:15
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — From seeding to slurping, what gets served on the half shell is not even half the story when it comes to New Hampshire oysters.

Prosecutor: Cases against telescope protesters to be tossed

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 19:02
HONOLULU (AP) — Cases are being dismissed against the people who were arrested or cited for violating an emergency rule aimed at stopping telescope protesters from camping on the Big Island's Mauna Kea, Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

Wild aurochs-like cattle reintroduced in Czech Republic

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 03:14
MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Such an animal has not been seen on Czech territory for hundreds of years.

American Nobel laureate Richard Heck is buried in Manila

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 23:53
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American Nobel laureate for chemistry Richard Heck, who designed a method of building complex molecules that has helped fight cancer, protect crops and make electronic devices, has been buried in a metropolitan Manila cemetery beside the tomb of his Filipino wife. He was 84.

California adopts strictest limits on livestock antibiotics

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 19:42
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth.

More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:22
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's Prince William Sound will see more, but smaller icebergs in the next decade.

ZomBee Watch helps scientists track honeybee killer

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:13
HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) — While scientists have documented cases of tiny flies infesting honeybees, causing the bees to lurch and stagger around like zombies before they die, researchers don't know the scope of the problem.

Lawsuit in Iowa challenges so-called 'roadside zoos'

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:45
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit against a privately owned zoo in Iowa that houses hundreds of animals, including exotic tigers and lemurs, could provide the first definitive court ruling in the country on how so-called "roadside zoos" must care for animals considered endangered.

Alaska to feel remnants of tropical storm

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:43
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The remnants of a tropical storm were expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to parts of southeast Alaska on Friday in what is a rare weather event.

Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:51
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The new director of Idaho's federal nuclear facility says he sees plenty of opportunity to make it the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy.

Study: Eurasian farmers migrated to Africa 3,000 years ago

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:50
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 09:48
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.

Blue sky and red ice at Pluto, NASA spacecraft discovers

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 09:37
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The sky over Pluto may not be sunny but it's undoubtedly blue.

Scientists: Major coral bleaching crisis spreads worldwide

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 06:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse.

Hamburgers might be on the menu for Russian astronauts

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 05:03
MOSCOW (AP) — Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.

California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 23:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.