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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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling soggy? Federal officials calculate that last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States.
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.
CHICAGO (AP) — Should old doctors be forced to retire?
CARACOL, Haiti (AP) — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.