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Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:57am

Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:04am

Officials at one of the nation’s premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium.

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:31am

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:53am

A former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation was arrested and jailed Tuesday on charges of passing military secrets to a Western nation, accusations that many of his colleagues dismissed as absurd.

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:46am

More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic.

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 5:07am

One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage.

Utahns warned to watch for toxic algal blooms

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 5th - 7:47pm

Algal blooms have slimed the water on Utah Lake and dozens of other bodies of water across Utah in each of the last five years.

The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

Joe Bagliere, CNN  |  Posted Jul 5th - 4:08pm

Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind.

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:07am

one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism. In a matter of months and nearly 8 minutes, it became clear that institutions designed to ensure the two most important things in life — health and safety — had converged to turn against one segment of the population in stark, horrific ways.

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:03am

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria.

Indians keep their distance in mass tree planting campaign

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 2:51am

More than 2 million people gathered Sunday at river banks, farmlands and government buildings in northern India while trying to practice social distancing to plant 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.

Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead

Derek Van Dam, CNN  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:11pm

If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.

Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:30am

Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?

Experts find early ocher mine in Mexican underwater caves

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:03pm

Experts and cave divers in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent, which could explain why ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves.

Israeli, UAE technology firms pen deal on virus research

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 1:55am

A state-linked technology company in the United Arab Emirates has signed a partnership with two major Israeli defense firms to research ways of combating the coronavirus pandemic.

Watchdog says govt blocking report on Trump-hurricane flap

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 2:04pm

A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency’s role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian last year.

Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 12:04pm

the biggest fishery in the United States and the source of fast food fillets — and well-known species such as sockeye salmon, brown trout, bonito, barracuda and swordfish.

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 12:56am

The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.”

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:27am

The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located.