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World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The death of the world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, doesn't end efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals. The focus now turns to his stored semen and that of four other dead rhinos, as well as the perfection of in vitro fertilization techniques and the critical need to keep the remaining two females alive....

Sweet science: Putting corn syrup to work on Earth's origins
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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) -- How has the Earth evolved, and what's in store for the future? It's a sticky question that has graduate student Loes van Dam covered in corn syrup by the end of a day in the lab....

Our 1st interstellar visitor likely came from 2-star system
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Our first known interstellar visitor likely came from a two-star system....

Robots break new ground in construction industry
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As a teenager working for his dad's construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and leveling soil for building projects....

In the Seychelles, coral reefs face climate change threat
BEAU VALLON, Seychelles (AP) -- Beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles, a fight is growing to save the coral reefs that shelter a range of creatures, from tiny invertebrates to the sprawling octopus, from climate change....

Battered East braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is set to smack the East Coast on the first day of spring....

Century-old shipwreck found in Lake Erie, 8 died in sinking
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The wreckage of a steamer that sank in Lake Erie over a century ago and eluded shipwreck hunters for decades has finally been found off the Ohio shore, according to the National Museum of the Great Lakes ....

New Mexico nuke repository studied for plutonium storage
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government's underground repository in New Mexico....

Award-winning author Kate Wilhelm dies at 89
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Award-winning science fiction writer Kate Wilhelm has died at 89....

No small feat: Santa Barbara Zoo giraffe births 6-foot baby
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Now that's a big baby!...