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Man who predicted space shuttle Challenger disaster dies

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:15
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bob Ebeling had spent three decades filled with guilt over not stopping the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, but found relief in the weeks before his death.

Swedish university fires stem cell scientist over negligence

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 06:38
LONDON (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska University says it has fired Italian stem cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini, whose work was once considered revolutionary but has since been deemed to have breached medical ethics.

Space station cargo launching by light of nearly full moon

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:54
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fresh supplies are due to ship out late Tuesday for the International Space Station, where the shelves finally are getting full after a string of failed supply runs.

This week's space station delivery rich in science and tech

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:02
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station supply ship is set to blast off Tuesday night with a commercial-quality 3-D printer for astronaut as well as public use — for a price — and the makings for a large-scale fire.

Advanced UK research ship may be named 'Boaty McBoatface'

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 08:35
LONDON (AP) — It's a name that might suit a rubber ducky, not an extremely expensive state-of-the-art research vessel designed to explore the coldest regions on Earth.

UN: After hot 2015, new normal is hotter world temperatures

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:27
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency is warning that hotter weather appears to be here to stay and says the Paris climate accord last year shouldn't give way to complacency about global warming.

Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be 'climate change hero'

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 02:11
BEIJING (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio has praised China's work to combat climate change and says he believes the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be "the hero of the environmental movement."

Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 18:44
NEW YORK (AP) — Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.

Researcher: New butterfly has clues to geology, climate

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:02
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A new species of butterfly could provide clues about Alaska's geological history and its changing climate, according to a University of Florida researcher.

New crew boards International Space Station

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 23:19
MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russians and an American has docked with the International Space Station and the new crew has boarded the orbiting laboratory.

Seismologist Lucy Jones retiring from US Geological Survey

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 15:54
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Seismologist Lucy Jones, the face of earthquake science and safety in Southern California for many years, is retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Air pollution alert for greater Mexico City lifted

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 18:13
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A four-day air pollution emergency alert in Mexico City was lifted Thursday after authorities ordered some cars off the road and atmospheric conditions improved.

Michigan death after infection linked to Wisconsin outbreak

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:13
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed that a western Michigan resident died after contracting a bloodstream infection matching a Wisconsin outbreak.

Hawaii Air Force unit getting own power grid that uses trash

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 11:41
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) — The Air Force unit that defends Hawaii skies will get experimental energy technology that uses trash to generate power and relies on its own small electrical grid — a system intended to keep the unit operating if a bomb, cyberattack or natural disaster knocks out the local utility.

Seabird die-off takes twist with carcasses in Alaska lake

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:25
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The massive die-off of a widely distributed North Pacific seabird continues to surprise federal scientists.

Beyond record hot, February was 'astronomical' and 'strange'

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 06:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists described the temperatures as "astronomical," ''staggering" and "strange," warning that the climate may have moved into a new, hotter neighborhood.

In death, a crow's big brain fires up memory, learning

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:05
SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists for years have known that crows have great memories, that they can recognize a human face and behavior, and can pass that information onto their offspring.

School being renamed in honor of astronaut twin brothers

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 03:06
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Scott Kelly, the astronaut who has spent a U.S.-record 520 days in space, will have his name on a New Jersey elementary school — and so will his twin brother, Mark.

Vietnam's southern delta faces worst drought in history

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:59
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Officials say Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, the country's main rice growing region, is experiencing the worst drought and saline intrusion in recent history.

Prehistoric puzzle no more: Illinois fossil a vertebrate

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:17
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For decades, fossil hunters combing the soil near a creek in north-central Illinois have been rewarded with the preserved remnants of a prehistoric creature, its wide-set eyes on stalks and a long, arm-like appendage extending from below them with a pincer-like mouth.