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A look at some oyster restoration programs around the US
Efforts to restore or expand oyster colonies are underway around the coastal U.S. A look at some of them:...

Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for money
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) -- Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets....

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic" - a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college....




Conservationists hope to bring beloved bird back
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) -- The common loon's haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago....

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY
STAR LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally....

China suspends 4 local officials after deadly floods
BEIJING (AP) -- Provincial authorities in northern China said Sunday that they have suspended four local officials for inadequately responding to floods over the past week that killed 114 people and left 111 others missing....

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said....

'Merciless' heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night....

Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can't find any
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form....

5 years after shuttle, NASA awaits commercial crew capsules
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Five years after Atlantis completed the space shuttle program's final voyage, NASA is still at least a year away from launching its astronauts from U.S. soil....