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Indonesia’s leader says sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall
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
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
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
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
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
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
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations against a giant telescope in Hawaii (all times local):
An indigenous group in Canada is asking the Canadian government to stop…
- The Beaumont EnterprisePlant a tree, cool a planetJuly 24, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsPlant a tree, hug a beeJuly 24, 2019
- The North Platte TelegraphGov. Ricketts Hosts Retired Nebraska Astronaut Clayton Anderson on “The Nebraska Way” PodcastJuly 19, 2019
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ VoiceWe Need More TreesJuly 14, 2019
Fire no longer threatens key Idaho nuclear facilities
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking people who are traveling near Glacier National Park to report sightings of animals crossing the road.
- Business WireTwist Bioscience to Report Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results on Thursday, August 1, 2019July 25, 2019
- NewMediaWireGeoVax Presents HIV Vaccine Study DataJuly 24, 2019
- NewMediaWireRapid Nutrition Partners with Sigma Healthcare to Launch GNC Nationally into Australia MarketJuly 24, 2019
- Business WireLC GC® Set to Present Webcast on Data System RequirementsJuly 23, 2019
- Business WireBetterUp Welcomes Gaurav Kataria as Vice President of ProductJuly 22, 2019
Teen climate activist to French critics: Listen to science
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of…
Pope: Moon landing inspires progress on justice, environment
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
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
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
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,…
Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle
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
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
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
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
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
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.