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LONDON (AP) - While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 - with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 - Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.
Invisible particles washed off products like synthetic clothing and car tyres account for up to a third of the plastic polluting oceans, impacting eco-systems and human health, a top conservationist body warned Wednesday. In its report "Primary Microplastics in the Oceans", IUCN found that in many developed countries in North America and Europe, which have effective waste management, tiny plastic particles are in fact a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste.
Air pollution isn't always visible, but it's definitely real. To help us gain a better understanding of air quality around the world, BreezoMeter, an air quality analytics provider, is visually breaking things down with a new interactive air pollution map. SEE ALSO: Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world in one brilliant map The map delivers real-time information on air pollution along with hourly forecasts and helpful weather-related health and fitness recommendations. Its data is drawn from "official air quality sensors" placed across cities that monitor airborne particles and combined with information on wind, weather and traffic conditions. By simply searching a...
The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he's temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure farmers can buy enough seed for a chance at a good crop. Planting season begins in March.
Usually, new administrators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are welcomed at headquarters without too much fanfare. That is, until today. Scott Pruitt - the new EPA administrator nominated to the position by President Donald Trump - gave his welcome address to his agency Tuesday after garnering
President Donald Trump has promised to return the U.S. coal sector to its glory days. Experts say that isn't likely to happen, given the nation's shift toward natural gas and renewable energy. But if the coal sector does rebound, it'd be a boon for thousands of laid-off miners and struggling coal towns. Yet those jobs won't come without certain risks for workers - not to mention a boost in carbon emissions and toxic air pollutants. SEE ALSO: Coal-fired electricity is at its lowest since officials started keeping track Blood on the Mountain, a documentary now available on iTunes and DVD, highlights a litany of health problems that coal miners face, particularly when their employers...
Even as northeastern Brazil suffers a devastating drought, few remember a grim chapter of a past drought when the government forced mass internment of peasants trying to flee dying farms. The first was in 1915 and the last time was between 1932 and 1933 when the authorities set up what they called concentration camps -- a fairly common term in several countries at the time and yet to be associated with the horrors of Nazi Germany. Fearing the peasants would descend in huge numbers from their parched lands into the city of Fortaleza, the government ordered thousands of families incarcerated in camps with little food, unhealthy living conditions and under guard.
A warm blob of water lurking in the Pacific Ocean in 2014 and 2015 led to a spike in ozone levels across the western U.S., new research suggests. The blob of warm water, which sat about 310 miles (500 kilometers) off the Oregon coast, was linked to a high-pressure system in the atmosphere that resulted in warm, calm air and sunny skies across nearly a quarter of the country, said study co-author Dan Jaffe, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington Bothell. Those atmospheric conditions sped up the formation of ozone in the atmosphere, Jaffe added.
A group of archaeologists has said the tomb of Tutankhamun may hold a hidden chamber containing the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Now, a physicist plans to lead a team conducting another series of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scans as a last-ditch effort to find Nefertiti's burial site. In this method, high-frequency radio waves bounce off the ground and off of walls, and the reflected signals can reveal hidden treasures, or empty chambers.This is the third time that this method has been used in Tutankhamun's tomb and it is unclear how the new scans will be different than the others.
Flu season may have started several months ago, but it isn't going away just yet - U.S. health officials expect flu activity to remain high for at least a few more weeks, according to a new report. The report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that flu activity in the U.S. started to increase around mid-December, and remained elevated as of Feb. 4, the most recent date for which flu data is available. And so far, the percentage of doctor's visits for the flu has exceeded the national baseline for eight consecutive weeks, the report said.
A woman in Spain who suddenly became very religious and believed she was speaking with the Virgin Mary turned out to have a brain tumor that appears to have caused her symptoms, according to a new report of the case. Those close to her thought the woman might be experiencing depression, because she was caring for a relative with cancer at the time. After taking a biopsy from one of the lesions, doctors diagnosed the woman with glioblastoma multiforme, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer.
Earth has eight continents, and world maps should reflect this, geologists say. The eighth, a lost continent called Zealandia, isn't a huge landmass that geographers have somehow missed. Rather, only small bits - including New Zealand, New Caledonia and a few other specks of land in the vast Pacific Ocean - are above sea level.
A federal appeals plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested sedative, midazolam, is powerful enough to put inmates into a deep state of unconsciousness before two subsequent drugs paralyze them and stop their hearts. A related issue is whether Ohio has a realistic chance of finding an alternative drug - a barbiturate called pentobarbital - that once was widely used in executions but has become difficult or, in Ohio's case, impossible to obtain.
Former attorney general hired to investigate claims by former engineer at company
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2017 / Today, MGX Minerals Inc. (CNSX: XMG) announced that the nanoflotation technology, developed by David Bromley Engineering and licensed exclusively to MGX´s engineering and technology development
A Japanese zoo has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an "invasive alien species", officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, housed 164 simians which it believed were all pure Japanese macaques. A city official told AFP on Tuesday that Japanese law bans the possession and transport of invasive species, including the crossbreeds, and that culling of them is allowed under the law.
DENVER (AP) - Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population.
India's space agency ISRO shattered world record last week when it launched a flock of 104 satellites into space with one rocket. SEE ALSO: Fumed Indians continue to troll NYT over 2-year-old cartoon mocking their space agency The space agency has since won many hearts, and earned many fans including the billionaire Elon Musk. Amid all of this, it also won itself a lot of free pizzas. Celebrating last week's milestone, pizzeria chain Pizza Hut offered a free pan pizza treat all ISRO employees across India yesterday. "It's a moment of great pride for us as ISRO created history and this initiative is a small token of our appreciation to put cheerful smiles on the faces who made...
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):
Gene editing, which has raised ethical concerns due to its capacity to alter human DNA, is being considered in the United States as a tool for improving livestock, experts say. The technique is different than that used in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because it does not introduce foreign genes, but rather alters already existing DNA. "Gene editing is one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology," Alison Van Eenennaam, an expert in animal genetics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Poachers are killing elephants for their ivory at an alarming rate in the central African nation of Gabon, leading to a loss of 80 percent of the population in the last decade. "Because Gabon is thought to hold the largest remaining population of forest elephants, the implication is that forest elephants are in even more trouble than previously believed," said researcher John Poulsen of Duke University and the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux in Gabon.
Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds -- a metre (three feet) across -- gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another. After seven years at higher-than-ambient temperatures, "the ability of the ponds to absorb carbon dioxide was reduced by almost half, while methane release nearly doubled," said lead-author Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, a professor at the University of Exeter.
Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, on the future of private space flight.
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico. "This has profound effects on how we try to understand the evolutionary history of microbial life on this planet," she said. The mine is famous for its huge crystals, some as long as 50 feet (15 meters).
BOSTON - Hundreds of science-minded demonstrators converged on Boston over the weekend to test a prototype for the March for Science, a campaign that's expected to bring out more than a million people around the globe on April 22. Sunday's "Stand Up for Science" rally took place during the height of this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a result drew attendees from the AAAS crowd - including Bish Paul, a molecular biologist who got his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and worked at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Paul, a gay immigrant from… Read More
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.
After more than 20 years, one of anthropology's most contentious cases was closed over the weekend with the reburial of the 9,000-year-old remains of Kennewick Man, now better known as the Ancient One. More than 200 people, including members of five Native American tribes, gathered at an undisclosed site on the Columbia River Plateau early Saturday to bury the remains in accordance with centuries-old funerary rituals, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said in a news release. "This is a big day, and our people have come to witness and honor our ancestor," said Armand Minthorn, a member of the… Read More
A new poll released Monday put Marine Le Pen ahead of her competitors in the first-round race, but far behind in a likely run-off.
Rocket launches are always cool to watch. On Sunday, private space company SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After sending a cargo spacecraft packed with 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station, the Falcon 9 returned to earth - and cameras where there to capture its awe-inspiring descent and subsequent landing.
Lemurs are considered the world's most endangered mammal, but a team of researchers have devised a system called LemurFaceID, which uses facial-recognition software to spot lemurs in their natural habitat.
It's our favorite way to try to see ourselves: As distinct individuals and members of universalized masses.
The rally included hundreds of scientists and crowds holding signs such as "Stand up for science," "Science is not a liberal conspiracy," "Science, not silence" and "Climate change is NOT a controversy."
The private company's newest rocket was sent with supplies to the International Space Station. Loaded with supplies for the International Space Station also a success blending the reusable booster made a perfect up right landing back on earth.
An image released Monday by the European Southern Observatory shows the first measurements of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect on the Cosmic Microwave Background.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk.
The United Arab Emirates, a place that knows a thing or two about constructing cities in harsh environments, has announced its most ambitious building project yet -- a city on Mars.
NASA and the FAA are conducting trail flights to test new air traffic control technology this week around Grant County International Airport in Washington state. The plan is to restructure everything from "preflight prep to arrival, introducing modern planning software, digital instead of voice communication, and GPS-based position-reporting over imprecise radar-based tracking" by 2030. NASA and the FAA dubbed the air traffic control tests ATD-1, which stands for Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1.
Twelve employees of a Tulsa-area restaurant are without a job after skipping work on the "Day Without Immigrants."
Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars. The Traveling Telescope visits some of this East African country's most remote areas, showing students the night sky and the describing the science of astronomy with telescopes and virtual reality goggles. One by one, the children in this Rift Valley town lined up to peer through the telescope.
Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday. Draft legislation, which will also allow for horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the establishment of space ports around Britain, will set out rules and regulations for the sector. Along with funding for commercial space businesses looking to create space launches in Britain, the government said the new powers could see a commercial spaceflight from a UK space port possible by 2020.
The seven-part docuseries, a successor to 2001's 'The Blue Planet,' will be narrated by David Attenborough.
The seven-part docu-series, a successor to 2001's 'Planet Blue,' will be narrated by David Attenborough.
The UAE may not be the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of space exploration, but it has big plans to colonize mars, and it's got the oil money to do it. This time, however, the Emiratis are in no rush: their project is called Mars 2117 and media have praised them for not being overambitious, unlike, some say, Elon Musk and NASA, with their plans to start sending people to Mars some time over the next few decades. As one author points out, neither SpaceX, nor NASA have the money needed to advance space transportation technology quickly enough.
BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S.
SpaceX blasts off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.
Intrigued by the strength of the recluse's silk, researchers from Oxford University and William & Mary began to study the spider and discovered they use a unique ribbon geometry not found in any other arachnid.