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China plans to send San Diego Zoo more pandas this year, reintroducing panda diplomacy

Feb. 22, 2024 03:32 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — China plans to send a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo, renewing its longstanding gesture of friendship toward the United States after a recalling nearly all the iconic bears on loan to U.S. zoos as relations soured between the two nations. The China...

California's rainy season is here. What does it mean for water supply?

Feb. 22, 2024 00:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a dry start to winter, California's rainy season is finally well under way. December downpours sent water racing through streets in coastal Ventura County and the city of Santa Barbara. Flash floods hit San Diego in late January, and back-to-back...

How do whales sing? Lab experiments suggest their voice boxes have a unique feature

Feb. 21, 2024 20:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Whales sing loud enough that their songs travel through the ocean, but knowing the mechanics behind that has been a mystery. Scientists now think they have an idea, and it's something not seen in other animals: a specialized voice box. Experts say the...

Private US spacecraft enters orbit around the moon ahead of landing attempt

Feb. 21, 2024 18:31 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private U.S. lunar lander reached the moon and eased into a low orbit Wednesday, a day before it will attempt an even greater feat — landing on the gray, dusty surface. A smooth touchdown would put the U.S. back in business on the moon for the first...

Old European satellite plunges harmlessly through the atmosphere over the Pacific

Feb. 21, 2024 17:27 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An old Earth-observing satellite fell out of orbit Wednesday and harmlessly broke apart over the Pacific. The European Remote Sensing 2 satellite reentered halfway between Hawaii and Alaska. The European Space Agency confirmed the demise of the...

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...

A brain pacemaker helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available to more people

Feb. 21, 2024 11:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

Astronomers find what may be the universe's brightest object with a black hole devouring a sun a day

Feb. 19, 2024 17:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what may be the brightest object in the universe, a quasar with a black hole at its heart growing so fast that it swallows the equivalent of a sun a day. The record-breaking quasar shines 500 trillion times brighter than our...

Japan's new flagship H3 rocket reaches orbit in a key test after failed debut last year

Feb. 17, 2024 06:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's flagship H3 rocket reached orbit and released two small observation satellites in a key second test following a failed debut launch last year, buoying hope for the country in the global space race. The H3 rocket blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on...