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Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:31pm

A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:02pm

The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and increasingly severe weather.

Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump

Kevin Freking and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:23pm

The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old physicist who rejects mainstream climate science.

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:04pm

A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina.

BYU engineers use origami to make discovery even Iron Man would approve of

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:47pm

Even Tony Stark himself would approve of a new discovery by Brigham Young University engineers that’s one step closer to making his Iron Man suit a reality.

Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger one

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:16am

Neptune's newest and tiniest moon is probably an ancient piece of a much larger moon orbiting unusually close.

Samsung folding phone is different - but also almost $2,000

Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:44am

Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market.

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

Alon Bernstein and Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:48pm

As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century.

50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:04pm

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.

Officials: Arizona will miss US deadline for key water plan

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:32pm

Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday.

This AI is so good at writing that its creators won't let you use it

Rachel Metz, CNN  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:31pm

A new artificial intelligence system is so good at composing text that the researchers behind it said they won't release it for fear of how it could be misused.

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:49pm

And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.

Former UN leader tours climate adaptation projects in Miami

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:56pm

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too.

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:10am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

Scientist who popularized term "global warming" dies at 87

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:30pm

A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

2019's biggest supermoon lights up the sky tonight and tomorrow

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:05am

February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:24am

A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.

Surgeon becomes first in Salt Lake to perform life-changing sleep apnea operation

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:51pm

Dr. Kevin Wilson became the first surgeon in Salt Lake City to perform a surgical implant procedure to treat sleep apnea. The treatment provides a revolutionary way for sleep apnea patients to manage their condition.

Academic: Very few climate change doubters, issue now action

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:48am

A prominent American economist says there are "very few" individuals left who still doubt climate change because the evidence of its impact is clear.