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Dogs use same parts of brain as humans to process language
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have found that dogs use the same brain areas as humans to process language....

Did fall from tree kill famous human ancestor Lucy?

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The famous human ancestor known as Lucy walked the Earth, but it was her tree climbing that might have led to her demise, a new study suggests....

Austrian experts recover giant tusks of rare mammoth breed
VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian museum team has recovered two giant tusks and other remnants of what experts say are apparently the remains of a rare mammoth breed, after construction crews unearthed them while working on an Austrian freeway....





In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop
LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) -- A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region....

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with station science, gear
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station....

Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) -- Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live....

Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry....

Alaska identifies first case of H5N2 bird flu
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time....

EU forum to take stance on Sweden's call for lobster ban
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe....