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National rare-earth element research planned in Wyoming

Nov. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal energy officials have announced plans to conduct research on the extraction of rare earth elements in western U.S. regions. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that the University of Wyoming School of Energy Research hopes to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy...

More results from contentious well study set for December

Nov. 22, 2019 4:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Researchers plan to release more findings from a contentious southwestern Wisconsin pollution study next month. Scientists sampled 840 wells in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties in November 2018 and April 2019. About 32% showed evidence of bacterial or nitrate pollution. They tested...

Scholarships target doctors in Arizona underserved areas

Nov. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona’s medical school announced Friday that it will give free tuition to some students who commit to working as primary care doctors in underserved areas, an effort to improve access to health care in areas where it’s most lacking. Up to 94 students will...

Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

Nov. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that’s been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years is being hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display. Oregon State University said Friday that the dead whale washed ashore near Gold...

Spacewalking astronauts slice into cosmic ray detector

Nov. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Friday for the second week in a row to repair a cosmic ray detector, this time actually cutting into the $2 billion instrument. The International Space Station’s Luca Parmitano sliced through eight stainless steel tubes, using hardware...

Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health dangers

Nov. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the...

US-born Bei Bei settles into new home at Chinese panda base

Nov. 21, 2019 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — After an intercontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early Thursday in his new Chinese home. Giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at the National Zoo in Washington, where he was born and spent the first four years of his life. By...

Boeing names space test dummy Rosie after WWII riveter

Nov. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX had Ripley. Now Boeing has Rosie. As Boeing moved its Starliner crew capsule to its pad Thursday for a launch next month, the company revealed the name of the test dummy on board. Rosie the Astronaut is named after World War II’s Rosie the Riveter. The dummy has...

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

New Mexico officials need $1.2M to study contamination

Nov. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Environment Department needs $1.2 million to study plumes of toxic chemicals seeping into groundwater from two U.S. Air Force bases, a state official said. Agency Secretary James Kenney said he will request the money from state lawmakers to investigate and learn...