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First-of-its-kind US nuclear waste dump marks 20 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of deep underground, rendering it less of a threat to the environment. Twenty years and more than 12,380 shipments later, tons of […]
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California to waive environmental rules for fire season prep

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. “The increasing wildfire risks we face as a […]
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Astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station’s batteries

Two American astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace aging batteries on the International Space Station. NASA’s Anne McClain and Nick Hague are scheduled to work in space Friday for several hours to swap out three old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries. The station’s robotic arm did much of the heavy work already, […]
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Science Says: Tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness. These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they look like some combination of chubby […]
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7 states seek US support for Colorado River drought plan

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — States that rely on a major river in the U.S. West are pushing for federal legislation to implement a plan to protect the water amid a prolonged drought. The Colorado River serves 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The states’ representatives are meeting Tuesday […]
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NASA’s plan to scoop up dirt from asteroid hits a snag

NEW YORK (AP) — NASA’s plan to scoop up dirt and gravel from an asteroid has hit a snag. Scientists thought the asteroid Bennu had wide, open areas suitable for the task. But a spacecraft now circling the asteroid revealed the surface is covered with boulders and there aren’t any big, smooth spots for sampling. […]
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U.S. professor is first woman to be awarded math’s top prize

HELSINKI (AP) — An American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious international mathematics awards. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year’s winner of the […]
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Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK’d for dinner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in an Ohio river that became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in 1969 are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward […]
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Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world’s leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a foundation announced Tuesday. The John Templeton Foundation is awarding its 2019 prize to Marcelo Gleiser, who has written books on topics ranging from […]
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AP finds hot records falling twice as often as cold ones

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout the Lower 48 states that had consistent temperature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot […]
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Exercise vs. drugs: Which does better against high blood pressure? Against fat?

Taken together, the two reviews indicate that exercise can equal or exceed the effects of drugs on high blood pressure and on visceral body fat. But they also underscore that exercise science could stand to raise its game and develop greater rigor in testing exercise as medicine.
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Woman sues hospital she says stored frozen embryo for years

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has filed a lawsuit against a Rhode Island hospital she says froze her embryo and kept it in storage for 13 years without her knowledge. The Providence Journal reports that Marisa Cloutier-Bristol says in her lawsuit against Women & Infants Hospital in Providence that its negligence took […]
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Thousands of dead menhaden wash up in New Jersey shore town

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — State environmental officials say thousands of dead fish have washed up in a New Jersey shore community. The adult menhaden were found Saturday in creeks and bays in Oceanport that are part of the Shrewsbury River estuary in Monmouth County. Officials say the deaths occurred after a large school of menhaden […]
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UN hosts powers to discuss preventing an arms race in space

GENEVA (AP) — Government experts from 25 countries have opened a meeting to look at ways of preventing an arms race in space, amid uncertainty whether some of the world’s biggest powers will actually find it in their national interests. The informal, closed-door talks over two weeks starting Monday at the United Nations in Geneva […]
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Japan to make crater on asteroid to get samples from inside

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month’s touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — to drop an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples to get possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Hayabusa2 successfully touched down on the boulder-rich […]
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Climate protests: First students, now adults march

PARIS (AP) — A day after worldwide student climate protests, families and activists are marching in France to force faster government action against global warming. One group gathered Saturday near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, hoping for peaceful actions that contrast with violence at yellow vest protests nearby. Another march is expected from the […]
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Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a survey earlier this month counted 60 bighorns in the Mount San Gorgonio region east of […]
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Gore: US getting close to political shift on climate change

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore believes the U.S. is nearing a political tipping point, with the 2020 Democratic presidential field offering voters the chance to replace President Donald Trump with someone “committed heart and soul” to combating climate change. Gore, who emerged as a leading climate activist after losing the 2000 presidential […]
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Chile tests floating solar panels to power mine, save water

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar panels is being tested in Chile as a way to generate clean energy and reduce water loss at mine operations, a cornerstone of the Andean county’s economy that uses huge amounts of electricity and water. The experimental “Las Tortolas” power-generating island is being run by the […]
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California science exhibit explains the dog-human friendship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out the answers to those and hundreds of […]
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2 dead gray whales wash ashore in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marine experts say two dead gray whales were found in the San Francisco Bay this week and that one of them died from severe malnutrition. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Thursday scientists were unable to determine a cause of death for the other whale. A team conducted necropsies on […]
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US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the International Space Station, making a second attempt to reach the outpost after October’s aborted launch. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in […]
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NYC mayor: Extend shoreline to protect city from storms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet. The Democratic mayor was to announce the plan Thursday after previewing it in New York magazine […]
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NASA’s new rocket won’t be ready for moon shot next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s top official says the space agency’s new rocket won’t be ready for a moon shot next year. Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee Wednesday he’s considering switching to commercial rockets to preserve the June 2020 launch date. Bridenstine says two commercial rockets would be needed, one to launch […]
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UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the […]
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Researchers find hammerhead shark ‘nursery’ off Galapagos Island

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Researchers in Ecuador say they have discovered a “nursery” of hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, a find that may help them track and protect the endangered predators. The head of the project, Eduardo Espinosa, said the group had found 20 hammerheads in the area along Santa Cruz […]
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Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life from toastier southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves, says a new scientific report. The 67 species identified in the report include a carnivorous sea slug that preys on other […]
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California water agencies fight over multistate drought plan

PHOENIX (AP) — A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans […]
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Blacks, Hispanics breathe more pollution than they make

WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making, a new study said. A study looked at who is exposed to fine particle pollution — responsible for about 100,000 American deaths a year — and how much different races are responsible for the pollution based […]
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Scientists revise magnitude of recent Alaska earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seismologists announced Friday the magnitude of Alaska’s powerful Nov. 30 earthquake has been revised to 7.1 from the earlier magnitude 7.0 Alaska Earthquake Center officials say in a release the change comes after quake data was reviewed by multiple agency and academic groups. U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Paul Laustsen says the […]
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