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Ogden elementary schools teach coding, plan to expand program

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Oct 20th - 5:01pm

Several site techs now teach computer code to Ogden elementary school kids, from kindergarten to sixth grade.

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 20th - 6:36am

A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him.

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Mari Yamguchi and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 9:15pm

European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

The Latest: Supreme Court stalls youth climate change case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 5:13pm

The Latest on a youth climate change lawsuit against U.S. government (all times local):

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 2:57pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate.

Laureates in Spanish awards call for action to "save future"

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 12:49pm

Voicing wake-up calls for new generations to save cinema, oceans and journalism, film director Martin Scorsese and marine biologist Sylvia Earle on Friday were awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias prizes along a selected group of scientists, mountaineers and intellectuals.

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 10:18am

A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 4:39pm

Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said.

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 4:09pm

Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention.

What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear

Sally By and Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:11pm

Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those commitments now?

Utah tech company Lucid nearly triples total funding with latest $72M round

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:05pm

Lucid closed a $72 million funding round Wednesday, nearly tripling its total funding to date from $42 million to a total of $114 million.

West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:54pm

Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:59pm

President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has "a natural instinct for science." But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn't quite get the science right.

Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:55pm

Experts called on Mexico's government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September.

Oldest fossils on Earth? New look finds might just be rocks

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:36am

What were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks, according to a new study.

'Brazen Botanist' sentenced to jail for plant thefts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:06am

A Massachusetts man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty.

Oldest Brazilian fossil found in debris of National Museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 2:01pm

One of the most prized possessions of Brazil's National Museum has been found amid debris after a massive fire on Sept. 2 sent the building up in flames.

Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 1:46am

Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

Lab worker files suit after plutonium shipping led to firing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:05pm

A former worker at a national laboratory who was fired for shipping weapons-grade plutonium by air instead of ground alleges in a lawsuit that he was made a scapegoat for problems at the New Mexico facility.

EPA puts off final say on science transparency rule

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:21am

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is putting off for at least a year any final announcement on a controversial proposal overhauling how the agency evaluates science.