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Hawaii skies stand in for Mars atmosphere in NASA gear test

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:17
HONOLULU (AP) — NASA is using the skies around the Hawaiian island of Kauai to test new technology that it wants to use for landing larger spacecraft — and eventually astronauts — on Mars.

Report: Israel built, exploded 'dirty bombs' in nuclear test

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:18
JERUSALEM (AP) — A major Israeli newspaper says the government built and exploded a "dirty bomb" with nuclear material inside it to see how such an attack would affect the country.

Forget April showers, this May was wettest in US records

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling soggy? Federal officials calculate that last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States.

Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California's national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:55
CHICAGO (AP) — Should old doctors be forced to retire?

In northern Haiti, conservation efforts focus on coastlines

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 20:33
CARACOL, Haiti (AP) — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.

Untouched cave to provide clues to Black Hills history

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 08:07
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The National Park Service is beginning to excavate the mouth of an unexplored cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and researchers believe it could help broaden our understanding of how the region's climate has changed over thousands of years.

Cross-county bike trip aims to inspire young scientists

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:02
BOSTON (AP) — Seven students from Boston-area colleges are cycling across America, stopping in many rural towns to get kids interested in science through hands-on workshops.

Beijing struggles to cut smog with wide-ranging restrictions

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 00:45
BEIJING (AP) — When Dong Yingli first opened her east Beijing meat skewers restaurant six years ago, her chefs cooked the lamb, chicken hearts and assorted treats over an uncovered grill, with giant fans blowing the clouds of pungent smoke from the sidewalk into the middle of the street.

1,500 rally in Moscow to back pressured science foundation

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 09:17
MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,500 people have taken part in a Moscow rally to protest what they say is insufficient funding for science and against pressure on a foundation that gives grants to science projects.

At G-7, Japan's energy plan is not all that green

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:02
TOKYO (AP) — Japan may find itself the odd man out when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents his government's blueprint for combating climate change at this weekend's summit of the world's leading industrialized democracies.

Christie administration sues to halt ocean-blasting research

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:07
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's administration is seeking federal court action to halt research that involves blasting the ocean floor off New Jersey with sound waves.

Southern California city reopens beach after tar cleanup

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:05
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California port city of Long Beach has reopened a 4-mile stretch of beach closed since midweek, when tar balls from an unknown source washed ashore.

Sea lion impaled with spear dies after rescue last week

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 05:20
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant sea lion found impaled by a homemade spear last week has died after being rescued and sent to SeaWorld San Diego for treatment.

UN says China to make pledge for climate treaty this month

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top adviser on climate change says China is expected this month to formally submit its pledge for a global climate treaty that countries are seeking to finalize by December.

Fake orca meant to scare off sea lions runs into trouble

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 14:53
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fake life-sized orca that officials hope will scare sea lions off docks in Oregon has run into a snag its first day on the job.

New fed data shows no stopping or slowing of global warming

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.

Los Angeles-area shoreline is latest to close over oily goo

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:28
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 4-mile stretch of Los Angeles-area beach was closed Thursday to swimmers and surfers after tar balls washed ashore — the latest coastline to shut down due to the oily goo, authorities said.

Bear cub badly burned in Washington wildfire to be released

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:50
SEATTLE (AP) — A bear cub found badly burned last summer in the largest wildfire in Washington state history has endured long recovery but is now ready to head back to the wild.

Sea lions hurt by chlorine at center waddle back into waves

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:30
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A crowd in Southern California cheered as 14 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center waddled back into the waves.