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AP Photos: Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

David Phillip, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 10:06am

The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backwards off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor, the damage comes into full view. The landscape looks like an underwater desert, with nothing but sand and rocks visible — no fish in sight. But swim a little farther and pieces of regenerating staghorn coral appear, strung out on a line, waiting to be tied onto rocks in an effort to repair the damage done to reefs by man and nature. Diver Everton Simpson kicks up some sand as he moves closer to the coral nursery and harvests some of the precious crop to be transplanted in a protected area. As he clears an area for the new coral and ties it to its new home, the current propels him back and forth, making the delicate process seem akin to trying to thread a needle on a roller coaster. The years of care that Simpson has devoted to trying to bring back Jamaica's coral reefs are shown by the cuts on his hands as he painstakingly works to transplant the new coral. One day, he and the other Jamaicans doing this work hope, the coral and fish will fully return and match the beauty of the water above.

Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 9:52am

A growing number of countries are following China’s lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group’s report published Tuesday.

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 9:08am

A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus.

Vivint Smart Home merger will generate nearly $700M to pay company debt

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 16th - 4:30pm

Utah tech giant Vivint Smart Home will boast an enterprise value of $5.6 billion following a merger announced Monday.

Brad Pitt asks astronaut: Who was better? Clooney or me?

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 11:34am

Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie "Ad Astra," had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.

Big global climate protests on Friday get union support

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:29am

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change.

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:04am

Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Marvel's Kevin Feige honored at 45th Saturn Awards

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 1:08am

Kevin Feige was honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards but the Marvel Studios president gave higher praise to someone other than himself.

The remains of a man missing for 22 years have been found — thanks to Google Earth

Amanda Watts, Natalie Johnson and Amanda Jackson, CNN  |  Posted Sep 13th - 9:42pm

For over two decades, William Moldt's family was left with unanswered questions about his disappearance.

Utah students get a chance to tour Amazon facility, play with robotics

Christina Giardinelli, KSL  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:07pm

A group of 16 fourth, fifth and sixth graders ditched their school desks at Woodrow Wilson Elementary on Thursday, embarking instead on a robot-building mission at Amazon’s Salt Lake City fulfillment center.

Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 7:37am

Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies.

Marvel's Kevin Feige to be honored at 45th Saturn Awards

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:04am

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards that will be streamed live for the first time.

Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 5:06pm

Training surgeons is as easy as training dolphins or dogs.

US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 4:44pm

Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event."

Mississippi researchers nurse, study rare injured whale

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 12:49pm

Veterinarians say a rare whale with shark bite wounds found stranded along the Mississippi coast is showing signs of improvement.

US alleges visa fraud scheme targeting American research

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 4:37pm

A Chinese government employee was arrested Monday after the Justice Department linked him to a visa fraud scheme intended to help others enter the United States to recruit research talent.

Spiked CBD illnesses not isolated to Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 11:32pm

A year and a half ago, people were coming to Utah emergency rooms after puffing a vape that promised to deliver the cannabis extract CBD.

AP investigation: Vapes spiked with illegal and dangerous synthetic marijuana show dark side of CBD craze

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 11:01pm

— AP investigation: Vapes spiked with illegal and dangerous synthetic marijuana show dark side of CBD craze.

New comet likely visitor from another solar system

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 11:46am

The solar system may have another foreign guest.

Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 5:01pm

Researchers who found surgeons can be trained the same way as animals, scientists who examined the bacterial grossness of bank notes and a team that touts the health benefits of pizza were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.