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US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:04pm

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.

Officials: Arizona will miss US deadline for key water plan

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:32pm

Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday.

This AI is so good at writing that its creators won't let you use it

Rachel Metz, CNN  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:31pm

A new artificial intelligence system is so good at composing text that the researchers behind it said they won't release it for fear of how it could be misused.

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:49pm

And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.

Former UN leader tours climate adaptation projects in Miami

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:56pm

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too.

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:10am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

Scientist who popularized term "global warming" dies at 87

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:30pm

A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

2019's biggest supermoon lights up the sky tonight and tomorrow

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:05am

February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:24am

A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.

Surgeon becomes first in Salt Lake to perform life-changing sleep apnea operation

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:51pm

Dr. Kevin Wilson became the first surgeon in Salt Lake City to perform a surgical implant procedure to treat sleep apnea. The treatment provides a revolutionary way for sleep apnea patients to manage their condition.

'Alita' leads a slow Presidents Day box office weekend

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:06pm

The sci-fi fantasy "Alita: Battle Angel" topped the charts and beat out a number of newcomers including the meta romantic comedy "Isn't It Romantic" and the horror sequel "Happy Death Day 2U" in its first weekend in theaters, but it is a victory with a few caveats. It's leading the slowest Presidents Day weekend at the box office in almost 20 years and has a ways to go to make up its costly budget.

Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:36pm

Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

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.

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.