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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,  |  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.

Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:05am

Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers.

Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:01am

A California-based startup has announced big plans to go small as it reaches into space, rocketing satellites the size of loaves of bread into orbit from Virginia.

Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:27am

The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack.

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:09am

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why.

Potentially deadly infection hits California sea lions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 9:05pm

A rescue center says California sea lions are coming down with a potentially fatal bacterial infection in near-record numbers.

Here's what you need to know about cyberbullying

Carrie Rogers-whitehead, Contributor  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:45pm

Nearly 15 percent of students experience bullying over text, social media or other electronic means. And while we know cyberbullying is an issue, we don't fully understand its cause.

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 10:44am

The NASA astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm.

How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries

Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center for Public Integrity, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 3:14am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's keynote speech at the World Gas Conference in June opened with a marching band and ended with an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters. It was a spectacle befitting the industry symposium. "We're sharing our energy bounty with the world," Perry gushed from a stage at the Washington Convention Center.

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.

New Pompeii discovery shifts date of Mount Vesuvius eruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:49am

New excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded a truly historic find: a charcoal inscription apparently dating the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to October of A.D. 79, two months later than originally thought.

Debris found on North Carolina beach is from SpaceX rocket

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 8:06am

A large sheet of metal found on a North Carolina beach has been identified as debris from a SpaceX rocket.