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Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:06am

Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis.

SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:31am

SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house.

Experts say Mekong River’s new color a worrying sign

Busaba Sivasomboon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:28am

The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say.

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:20am

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.

Surprising 1st results from NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 2:54pm

NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star.

Warming temperatures put women at risk of giving birth early, study says

Jen Christensen, CNN  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:57pm

Women are at risk of giving birth early due to warmer temperatures brought on by the climate crisis, a new study finds.

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:05pm

Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule.

SpaceX delays space station delivery due to high wind

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 10:42am

SpaceX has delayed its delivery to the International Space Station because of dangerous wind gusts.

Climate simulations are mostly accurate, study finds

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 10:08am

The computer models used to simulate what heat-trapping gases will do to global temperatures have been pretty spot-on in their predictions, a new study found.

The Latest: Activists in Madrid in garment industry protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:51am

The Latest on the U.N. Climate Talks in Madrid (all times local):

EU climate leadership in doubt as bloc set to miss 2030 goal

Aritz Parra and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:58am

The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change.

Global carbon pollution continues to rise, but more slowly

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 5:21pm

The world continues to increase the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide it pumps into the air, but it’s not rising as fast as in the previous couple years.

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 2:43pm

The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the largest, most powerful — and, increasingly, most feared — companies in the world.

T-Mobile has launched nationwide 5G. Here's what that means

Clare Duffy, CNN  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 2:31pm

T-Mobile on Monday announced the launch of its nationwide 5G network, in what CEO John Legere called "a huge step towards 5G for all."

YouTube changes to protect children could hurt creators, viewers

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 7:26am

Utah-based Disney vloggers Chris and Amanda Provost started their YouTube channel nearly two years ago as a simple passion-project.

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

Barry Hatton and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 1:40am

Climate activist Greta Thunberg told cheering supporters Tuesday that her three-week journey across the Atlantic had “energized” her for the fight against climate change as she arrived in Portugal.

Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 7:38am

Russia’s state-controlled nuclear fuel company said Thursday it has suspended a joint research project with Iran because of its move to resume uranium enrichment.

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 3:11pm

New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days.

Harvard grad students strike over pay, health, protections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 9:27am

Harvard University’s graduate students are going on strike after failing to reach a labor contract with the administration.