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Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don’t worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday’s journal […]
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Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature

WASHINGTON (AP) — How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. Evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin has spent years studying a 290-million-year-old fossil dug up in central Germany’s Bromacker quarry […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Humboldt University, John Nyakatura, Bromacker


U.S. Democrats brand Trump's new EPA pick as 'extreme'

Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to run the agency permanently last week. If confirmed, Wheeler would continue to push the Trump administration's deregulatory and pro-fossil fuels agenda without the constant criticism over alleged mismanagement that plagued Wheeler’s predecessor Scott Pruitt. A Washington insider with years of experience as a top aide to Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a climate change doubter, Wheeler has been running the EPA since July, when Pruitt resi...
Tags: Science, Washington, Wheeler, Epa, Scott Pruitt, Trump, Pruitt, Jim Inhofe, Andrew Wheeler


Trump's new EPA pick defends rollbacks as Democrats call him 'extreme'

Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to run the agency permanently last week. If confirmed, Wheeler would continue to push the Trump administration's deregulatory and pro-fossil fuels agenda but without the constant criticism over alleged mismanagement that plagued his predecessor Scott Pruitt. A Washington insider with years of experience as a top aide to Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a climate change doubter, Wheeler has been running the EPA since July, when Pruitt resign...
Tags: Science, Washington, Wheeler, Epa, Scott Pruitt, Trump, Pruitt, Jim Inhofe, Andrew Wheeler


Democrats to grill Trump's new EPA chief pick over past lobbying

Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to run the agency permanently last week, a pick that could provide him another avid supporter of his deregulatory and pro-fossil fuels agenda without the constant criticism over alleged mismanagement that plagued Wheeler’s predecessor Scott Pruitt. A Washington insider with years experience as a top aide to Republican Senator and climate skeptic Jim Inhofe, Wheeler has been running the EPA since July, when Pruitt resigned in a flurry of cr...
Tags: Science, Washington, Wheeler, Epa, Senate Environment And Public Works Committee, Scott Pruitt, Trump, Pruitt, Murray Energy, Andrew Wheeler, Jim Inhofe Wheeler


Iran satellite launch fails after U.S. warning

Iran's bid to launch a satellite has failed, Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Tuesday, after it ignored U.S. warnings to avoid such activity. Washington warned Tehran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology. The United States is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warhea...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Tehran, U N Security Council, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


Lights, camera, action! Tumbling space snowman in film debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored by humans. The small, icy object is shown spinning end-over-end like a propeller. It is about 4 billion […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, Ap, Nasa, Nation, Ultima Thule


Newborn Orca Spotted Off Seattle Coast. Will the Baby Survive Its 1st Year?

The beleaguered orca population in Puget Sound near Seattle finally has something to celebrate -- one of the females recently delivered a baby. A baby killer whale was spotted in aerial footage that aired on Jan. 10 on local television stations in Seattle, representatives of the Center for Whale Research (CWR), a Washington nonprofit that has monitored the region's orcas since 1976, said in a statement. While watching that footage, a CWR researcher saw a baby orca swimming close by a 31-ye...
Tags: Science, Washington, Russia, Seattle, Puget Sound, Scarlet, Seattle Coast, Center for Whale Research CWR, Marine Mammal Commission MMC


Iran satellite launch, which U.S. warned against, fails

Iran's bid to launch a satellite has failed, Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Tuesday, after it ignored U.S. warnings to avoid such activity. Washington warned Tehran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology. Iran, which considers its space program a matter of national pride, has said its space vehicle launches and missile tests were not violatio...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Tehran, U N Security Council, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


First U.S. crude cargoes head to China since trade breakthrough: sources

"It looks like China has resumed purchasing U.S. crude," one U.S.-based shipbroking source said. China is the world's biggest crude importer and became a top buyer of U.S. crude after Washington lifted a 40-year ban on shipments in late 2015. The supertanker Alboran carrying about 2 million barrels of oil recently rounded South Africa's Cape of Good Hope and is due to arrive in China late this month, said brokers, citing fixture data.
Tags: Science, Washington, China, South Africa, Cape of Good Hope


Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

WASHINGTON (AP) — Antarctica is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, a new study shows. Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically […]
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Snowstorm blankets mid-Atlantic U.S., at least seven dead in Midwest

A massive winter storm rolled eastward to the mid-Atlantic United States on Sunday after dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and killing at least 7 people in highway accidents on Saturday. The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 1,800-mile (2,900 km) swath of the United States from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic. Millions of Americans in ten states and Washington, D.C. were under a winter storm warning o...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Atlantic, United States, Midwest, Atlantic United States, Atlantic Millions of Americans


Snowstorm blankets mid-Atlantic U.S., at least 7 dead in Midwest

A massive winter storm rolled eastward to the mid-Atlantic United States on Sunday after dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and killing at least 7 people in highway accidents on Saturday. The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 1,800-mile (2,900 km) swath of the United States from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic. Millions of Americans in ten states and Washington, D.C. were under a winter storm warning o...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Atlantic, United States, Midwest, Atlantic United States, Atlantic Millions of Americans


Snow storm marches towards Washington, after pummeling Midwest

The weather system is forecast to affect an 1,800-mile (2,900 km) corridor of the United States from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic. The storm hit Kansas and Missouri on Friday and continued pummeling those states on Saturday, as it extended into parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, said U.S. Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison. More than 1,200 motorists in Missouri were stranded and there were four deaths on the roads, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet o...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Washington, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Midwest, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Andrew Orrison, Iowa Illinois Indiana, U S Weather Prediction Center


Researcher: Calf born to endangered Pacific Northwest orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say there's a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada.
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Iran's Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a "desperate anti-Iran circus". Earlier on Friday Washington announced that the summit would be held in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that I...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Warsaw, State, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Mike Pompeo


Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg's recovery is 'on track'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery from cancer surgery is "on track" and no further treatment is required. But the 85-year-old justice will miss court arguments next week.
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Supreme Court, Ginsburg


Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to cut prescription drug prices, congressional liberals proposed legislation Thursday to bring U.S. prices in line with the much lower costs in other countries.
Tags: Science, Washington, Ap, Donald Trump, Trump


No stethoscope for pain: Scientists seek real way to measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8?
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Russia's space chief to NASA: Explain why you canceled my visit

The head of Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Thursday he wanted NASA to explain why it had abruptly canceled his planned visit to the United States, blaming the move on political infighting in Washington. Dmitry Rogozin, who is under U.S. sanctions, was scheduled to visit next month at NASA's invitation.
Tags: Science, Washington, Russia, Nasa, United States, Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin


Google's New Policy Chief Weighs Washington Reshuffle

Karan Bhatia, who joined in June, is reassessing the roles of existing staff, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. This may hasten the departure of Google’s longtime Washington director, former Representative Susan Molinari, according to one of the people. Molinari, a Republican who joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google in 2012, was slated to transition to an advisory role this month, opening up her position as head of policy for the Americas.
Tags: Google, Science, Washington, Molinari, Alphabet Inc, Susan Molinari, Karan Bhatia, Washington Reshuffle


Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharing false information on Facebook is old.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Washington, Ap


Medieval woman’s art career revealed by blue stains on teeth

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar — brilliant blue flecks […]
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Medieval woman's hidden art career revealed by blue teeth

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar — brilliant blue flecks in the tartar on her teeth.
Tags: Science, Washington, Germany, Ap


Jay Inslee Pledges To Reject Fossil Fuel Money Ahead Of Climate-Centered 2020 Bid

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a pledge Tuesday promising to
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Oil prices surge on hopes of successful U.S.-China trade talks

Oil prices rose on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous session on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.29 per barrel as at 0131, up 51 cents, or 1 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were up 42 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $59.14 per barrel.
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, International Brent


Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth's Oceans

When the dinosaur-killing asteroid collided with Earth more than 65 million years ago, it did not go gently into that good night. Rather, it blasted a nearly mile-high tsunami through the Gulf of Mexico that caused chaos throughout the world's oceans, new research finds. The 9-mile-across (14 kilometers) space rock, known as the Chicxulub asteroid, caused so much destruction, it's no wonder the asteroid ended the dinosaur age, leading to the so-called Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinct...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, Washington, Brown University, Earth, Atlantic, New Zealand, EOS, South Pacific, Johnson, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic, Rhode Island, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean


EPA says it is committed to rule for higher ethanol blend by summer driving season

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it would complete a rule to boost sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline by the summer driving season, despite a partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump pledged in the run-up to November's congressional elections to lift the summer ban on sales of so-called E15 gasoline, in a boost to an ethanol industry upended by trade wars and weak demand growth at home. The Trump administration hoped to...
Tags: Science, Washington, Epa, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, U S Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. oil prices rise above $50 on trade talk hopes

U.S. crude oil prices on Wednesday rose above $50 per barrel for the first time in 2019 on hopes that Washington and Beijing can resolve a trade dispute that has triggered a global economic slowdown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $50.14 per barrel as at 0021, up 36 cents, or 0.7 percent from their last settlement. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade.
Tags: Science, Washington, Beijing, International Brent


U.S., China can reach trade deal 'we can live with': U.S. Commerce secretary

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that "we can live with" as officials from the world's two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. Ross told CNBC the immediate trade issues would be easiest to tackle while enforcement issues and structural reforms, such as intellectual property rights and market access, would be more challenging to resolve. "I think there's a very good chance that we will g...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, Cnbc, Ross, U S Commerce, Wilbur Ross



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