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Take a weight off: 'Grand K' kilo being retired

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 1:08am

In a historic vote, nations unanimously approved Friday a ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements, coming together in a way that they fail to do on so many other issues behind new definitions for the kilogram and other key units vital for trade and science.

Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 4:17pm

The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere.

4 former employees file racial harassment complaints against Vivint Smart Home

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Nov 15th - 3:34pm

Four former Vivint Smart Home employees have filed racial harassment complaints against the Provo-based company, just months after two former Vivint Solar employees filed similar lawsuits in June.

Obama to headline Utah tech conference in March

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Nov 15th - 10:08am

Former President Barack Obama is coming to Salt Lake City in March to headline a local tech conference.

Report details damage to ancient Yemeni archaeological sites

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 5:33am

A prominent Yemeni rights group has documented heavy damage from ground fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the past four years and urged the international community to protect Yemenis' "collective memory."

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Candice Choi& Health Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:04pm

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty.

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Matthew Brown and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 3:34pm

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the U.S. West.

Skulls reveal Neanderthals, humans had similarly harsh lives

Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:03am

Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times.

Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:03am

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find.

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 6:04am

There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say.

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 10:14pm

The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.

'Game of Thrones' returning in April 2019 for final season

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 6:33pm

The eighth and last season of "Game of Thrones" finally has a date with destiny.

Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 5:09pm

Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology, but older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play, experts say.

Here's why Qualtrics' CEO believes the $8B acquisition has 'no downsides'

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:58pm

Qualtrics’ deal with SAP is the second-largest acquisition of a private tech company in history, according to Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith.

Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:29pm

A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000.

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:59am

Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks.

This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 9:47am

The kilogram is getting an update.

State completes inspections of 43 Detroit funeral homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 4:44pm

State regulators have found no serious mortuary science or pre-paid funeral violations following inspections of 43 funeral homes in Detroit.

Montana hunter recovering after grizzly bear breaks arm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:06pm

A Montana elk hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear is recovering at a hospital.

Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 9:59am

Spain's government is eyeing ambitious steps to tackle climate change, including a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars from 2040.