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Indonesia’s leader says sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall

2 hours ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of a giant sea wall around Jakarta to prevent the low-lying capital from sinking…

UK charity warns no-deal Brexit threatens science, research


LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain’s leading charity funding scientific research has written to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning about the threat to science if Britain leaves the European…

New Mexico chile plant selected to be grown in space


ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (AP) — It’ll be one giant leap for chile-kind.

A hybrid version of a New Mexico chile plant has been selected to be grown in space as part of a NASA experiment.

Grasshoppers on the go make migratory stop in Las Vegas area


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A migration of mild-mannered grasshoppers sweeping through the Las Vegas area is being attributed to wet weather several months ago.

Images show Lightsail 2 spacecraft’s solar sail has deployed


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Photos transmitted from The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft orbiting Earth confirm that it successfully deployed its solar sail.

Judge reduces $2B award in Monsanto Roundup case to $87M


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge has cut a jury award in a lawsuit that found that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused cancer in a California couple from $2.055 billion to $87 million, the third…

Supporters say Hawaii telescope will bring jobs, knowledge


HONOLULU (AP) — A giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain will enhance humanity’s knowledge of the universe and bring quality, high-paying jobs, supporters said as protesters blocked…

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Schrieffer dies in Florida


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — John Robert Schrieffer, a physicist who shared in the 1972 Nobel Prize in physics for developing a pioneering theory of superconductivity, has died. He was…

Gulp! Arkansas photographer snaps images of snake eating bug


OZARK, Ark. (AP) — An amateur photographer has snapped some startling gone-in-a-gulp images of a venomous snake devouring an unlucky bug at Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.

Tiny beetles munch through endangered songbird habitat


CLARKDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Johnson treks along an Arizona riverbank and picks out a patch of yellow-tinged tamarisks. He sweeps a cloth net across the trees, hoping to scoop up beetles that…

EPA official says Montana site suited for Superfund status


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a Montana area emitting toxic vapors is a candidate to become a federal Superfund site.

SpaceX launch sends 3D bioprinter, supplies to space station

July 25, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A space capsule carrying a 3D printer to make human tissue and about 5,000 pounds of other experiments and supplies is on its way to the International Space Station…

State officials warn of algae bloom along Boston river

July 25, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are advising people not to wade into parts of the Charles River because of a dangerous algae bloom.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation…

Europe melts under Sahara heat wave, smashes heat records

July 25, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Even ice cream, Italian gelato or Popsicles couldn’t help this time.

Temperature records that had stood for decades or even just hours fell minute by minute Thursday afternoon…

First CRISPR study inside the body to start in US

July 25, 2019

Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness.

Biomechanical lab in Pakistan gets ICC accreditation

July 25, 2019

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A biomechanical lab in eastern city of Lahore has been accredited by the ICC as a testing center for suspected bowling actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Thursday.

The Latest: Group asks Canada to stop Hawaii telescope money

July 24, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations against a giant telescope in Hawaii (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

An indigenous group in Canada is asking the Canadian government to stop…

Fire no longer threatens key Idaho nuclear facilities

July 24, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The nation’s primary nuclear research facility plans to go back to regular operations Thursday after a change in wind direction pushed a wildfire away from the sprawling site…

Weather postpones SpaceX launch of supplies to space station

July 24, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Storm clouds forced SpaceX to postpone its Wednesday launch of a capsule carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

Ebola vaccine hampered by deep distrust in eastern Congo

July 24, 2019

BENI, Congo (AP) — Until his last breath, Salomon Nduhi Kambale insisted he had been poisoned by someone and that was the reason he was vomiting blood. The 30-year-old man wouldn’t give community…

Sustainable wood group sanctions Korean-Indonesian company

July 23, 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global organization for certifying sustainable wood says one of its members destroyed tropical forests in easternmost Indonesia but it stopped short of expelling…

National Geographic aims to solve Amelia Earhart mystery

July 23, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The deep-sea explorer who discovered the wrecked Titanic is tackling an aviation mystery: Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

Documents: $6 million to Armstrong family in wrongful death

July 23, 2019

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio hospital paid the estate of astronaut Neil Armstrong $6 million in a confidential agreement to settle allegations that post-surgical complications led to Armstrong’s 2012…

Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates

July 23, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — As Sanjay Johnson describes it, his sexual encounter with James Booth on Oct. 2, 2015, was a one-night stand. But it would bind the men inextricably two years later, when Booth…

Planetary Society’s solar sail appears to deploy properly

July 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny spacecraft orbiting Earth appeared to successfully unfurl a solar sail Tuesday to test the potential of using only sunlight for propulsion, mission officials…

Glacier National Park tourists asked to log animal crossings

July 23, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking people who are traveling near Glacier National Park to report sightings of animals crossing the road.

Teen climate activist to French critics: Listen to science

July 23, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has told lawmakers at France’s lower house of parliament that they need to listen to scientists on the issue of climate change and act now…

Tennessee researchers make item to study salamander habitat

July 23, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University researchers have developed a device to measure environmental preferences of salamanders that live in southern Appalachia.

Former teacher gets 10-20 years for child porn possession

July 23, 2019

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A former suburban Omaha middle school teacher has been given 10 to 20 years for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography.

India launches spacecraft to explore water deposits on moon

July 22, 2019

NEW DELHI (AP) — India sent a spacecraft to explore water deposits on the far side of the moon in a successful launch Monday after a technical problem caused a week’s delay.

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

July 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America’s late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the…

Eastern US cities spewing more methane into air than thought

July 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older U.S. east coast cities are leaking nine times as much natural gas into the air — from homes or pipes heading into houses — than the federal government had thought, a new…

The Latest: India sends unmanned mission to moon’s far side

July 21, 2019

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — The Latest on India’s launch of an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon (all times local):

Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

July 21, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and…

Teen climate activist gets Normandy’s first Freedom Prize

July 21, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France’s Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day…

Moon back in NASA’s court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

July 21, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity’s first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA’s court.

The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant…

Full Coverage: Apollo 11 moon landing

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

July 21, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local):

2 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of…

Pope: Moon landing inspires progress on justice, environment

July 21, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is hoping that the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk inspires efforts to help our “common home” on Earth.

‘Survive, not enjoy’: Heat, humidity gripping half the US

July 20, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New…

Russian capsule carrying 3 docks with space station

July 20, 2019

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory.

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11′s ‘giant leap’ on moon

July 20, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday,…

Full Coverage: Apollo 11 moon landing

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

July 20, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as…

Boy with cerebral palsy receives adaptive car

July 20, 2019

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Four-year-old Jack Carroll loves to move.

The Pensacola preschooler barely sat still in his stroller as his parents, Mike and Danielle Carroll, rolled him into the…

Wayne State researchers look to curb nicotine, tobacco use

July 20, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — A new research division at Wayne State University will focus on ways to improve health by reducing the use of nicotine and tobacco.

Hawaii officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

July 19, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state’s highest…

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe

July 19, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

July 19, 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing.

Full Coverage: Apollo 11 moon landing
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