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Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Lauran Neergaard and Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 8:48am

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:47pm

An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday.

6 University of Utah professors studying air quality issues in Utah

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 2:23pm

Air quality is a prominent concern in Utah, but what are local professionals doing to improve the problem? Here are some professors at the University of Utah working hard to find new solutions to the air pollution issue in Utah.

Snowbird launches app for carpooling up Little Cottonwood Canyon

Sean Moody, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 16th - 12:20pm

Snowbird Ski Resort has launched an app aimed at increasing carpooling for skiers and snowboarders heading up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:44am

Part of the roof and several floors of university building in Russia's second-largest city collapsed Saturday, but officials say there were no casualties.

Utah LEMS patient shocked after cost of treatment went from being free to costing $375K a year

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:38am

A Utahn with a rare neurological disease is balking at the sight of his medical bills after FDA approval caused his free treatment to go up to $375,000 a year.

The instrument that spots killer asteroids and star-eating black holes

Don Lincoln, CNN  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:30am

Astronomers have it rough. Their job is to scan the heavens, looking for something interesting. But often they see the same thing, night after night. After all, stars can burn placidly and essentially unchanged for billions of years. An unlucky astronomer could spend a lifetime turning his or her telescope here and there and, except for the march of the planets and an occasional comet crossing the sky, see nothing new.

Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:49am

A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale.

Michigan seeks to revoke license of Detroit funeral home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:52am

Michigan regulators are seeking to revoke the licenses of a Detroit funeral home and its manager after discovering 63 fetuses in boxes and freezers last year.

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 8:38pm

Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 9:22am

A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard.

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:09am

The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local):

El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:08am

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.

11,000 march in Brussels climate protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:56am

Thousands of Belgian teenagers skipping school to protest for better climate protections have been joined by university students and grandparents for a sixth straight week of marches to keep pressure on authorities to do more.

Pompeii dig uncovers Narcissus fresco in ancient atrium

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:53am

Archaeologists have discovered a fresco in an ancient Pompeii residence that portrays the mythological hunter Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection.

7 right whale calves spotted in Florida's Atlantic waters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 8:26am

Seven rare right whale calves have been spotted so far this winter off Florida's Atlantic coast.

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:27pm

In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion. Melin's company is called Circular Energy Storage, having changed its name from Creation Inn.

Russian police question nerve agent scientist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:13pm

A Russian scientist who says he developed a nerve agent suspected to have been used against a Russian ex-agent and his daughter says he's been questioned by police after flyers appeared in his home city accusing him of pedophilia.

Officials expect more cougars sightings in Northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:08pm

Officials say cougar sightings are becoming more common in the Northwest as populations of people and the big cats continue to grow.

UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 8:50am

The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies.