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SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 8:48am

SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday.

Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:15am

A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public.

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:33pm

Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays.

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Matthew Brown and Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:02pm

even rainforests and peat swamps caught fire, likely changing them forever.

Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:53am

Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day.

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:26am

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.

China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:29pm

Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that has killed two people and prompted countries as far away as the United States to take precautionary measures.

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Christina Larson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:01pm

killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species may not recover. For others, they are trying to throw lifelines.

Your Fitbit could help health officials predict flu outbreaks in real-time

Allen Kim, CNN  |  Posted Jan 17th - 4:18pm

That Fitbit you've been wearing could be doing a lot more than tracking your trips to the store. It may help health officials stop the flu from spreading, too.

This is your child's brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

Sandee Lamotte, CNN  |  Posted Jan 16th - 8:34pm

Taking away screens and reading to our children during the formative years of birth to age 5 boosts brain development. We all know that's true, but now science can convince us with startling images.

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out

Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:10am

Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday.

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:58pm

In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles), not 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres).

Utah activist launches campaign to save oceanic wildlife

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:56pm

Speaking to a full room at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, humanitarian activist Danny Quintana announced the launch of global education campaign to save the ocean’s wildlife on Wednesday.

Potential super-Earth found orbiting the nearest star from our sun

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:33pm

In 2016, astronomers found a potentially habitable planet called Proxima b around the star Proxima Centauri. Now, researchers have traced a second signal they believe belongs to a super-Earth orbiting the same star.

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:06pm

Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets.

Rare video shows 5 mountain lions together in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:35am

Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats.

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:00am

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

German researchers develop 1st test for new virus from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:27am

German researchers said Thursday they have developed the first diagnostic test for a new virus that has emerged in central China.

'We're expecting!': Georgia Aquarium announces baby beluga

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:32pm

The Georgia Aquarium has announced that one of its beluga whales is a mother-to-be.