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Montana bear expert, advocate Chuck Jonkel dies at 85

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:02
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Pioneering bear researcher and advocate Charles "Chuck" Jonkel died of natural causes at a Montana nursing home, his son Jamie Jonkel said.

El Nino weakens, here comes La Nina, meteorologists say

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

Strong quake hurts 45 in south Japan; people may be trapped

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:20
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southern Japan.

UN climate panel to explore 1.5-degree warming goal

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 01:41
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N.'s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times.

Elevated copper or lead levels found at 19 Detroit schools

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 19:31
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools officials say elevated lead or copper levels have been found in 19 schools amid ongoing testing.

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 18:42
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers.

UConn receives grant to exhibit collection of 2 million ants

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:01
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to preserve and exhibit a collection of 2 million dead army ants and other critters.

Birds aim for Alabama island on soaring journey across South

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:55
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Officials on Alabama's Dauphin Island say the spring bird migration season is bringing flocks of tourists and nature lovers to the coastal area.

Obama plans to attend his final White House Science Fair

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of America's brightest children will visit the White House as President Barack Obama holds his final science fair to highlight work that excelled in a broad range of competitions.

Wilder weather means tricky times for reservoir operators

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:39
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wilder swings in weather patterns in the past decade are making it trickier to keep reservoirs filled for irrigation and power generation while also avoiding the risk of flooding homes downstream, some Pacific Northwest reservoir operators say.

Surgery begins to separate infant conjoined twins in Texas

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:58
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Surgery has started in Texas to separate two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist.

Baseball-size hail hits Dallas area; no injuries reported

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:43
WYLIE, Texas (AP) — Hail the size of baseballs has broken windows and damaged buildings and cars in the Dallas area, forcing the closure of some schools.

Stephen Hawking joins bid to seek life with tiny spacecraft

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 09:09
NEW YORK (AP) — An Internet investor has enlisted famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him with a futuristic plan for seeking life in outer space.

Handwriting study finds clues on when biblical texts written

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:15
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.

Putin plays up Russia-US cooperation in space

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:12
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has highlighted Russia's cooperation with the United States in space, despite all of the difficulties the two countries face on Earth.

Greenpeace protests logging in Poland's rare primeval forest

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:48
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environment activists have protested Poland's plans of extensive logging in Europe's last primeval forest and have demanded full protection for the rare Bialowieza woods.

China report sounds alarm on groundwater pollution

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 21:40
BEIJING (AP) — A government report says more than 80 percent of underground water drawn from relatively shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution.

As British royals head to Indian wildlife park, rhino killed

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 21:10
GAUHATI, India (AP) — With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to visit the world's largest one-horn rhino park in remote northeastern India, conservationists hope the British royals can help raise global alarms about how black-market demand for rhino horns and other animal parts is fueling illegal poaching and pushing species to the brink.

World's wild tiger count rising for first time in a century

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:11
NEW DELHI (AP) — Conservation groups say the world's count of wild tigers has gone up for the first time in more than a century.

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Spacecraft in emergency mode

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 09:42
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying to resuscitate its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, in a state of emergency 75 million miles away.