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Nobel Prize season arrives amid war, nuclear fears, hunger

Sep. 30, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

This year's Nobel Prize season approaches as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shattered decades of almost uninterrupted peace in Europe and raised the risks of a nuclear disaster. The secretive Nobel committees never hint who will win the prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry,...

Hurricane Ian ‘street shark’ video defies belief

Sep. 29, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

Photos and videos of sharks and other marine life swimming in suburban floodwaters make for popular hoaxes during massive storms. But a cellphone video filmed during Hurricane Ian’s assault on southwest Florida isn’t just another fish story. The eye-popping video, which showed a...

Endangered southern resident orca numbers drop from 74 to 73

Sep. 29, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The population of endangered southern resident orcas has declined from 74 to 73 in the latest census, according to the Center for Whale Research. The center posted on Facebook this week that it had completed its annual census estimate of the southern resident killer...

Fish fossil catch from China includes oldest teeth ever

Sep. 28, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A big catch of fish fossils in southern China includes the oldest teeth ever found — and may help scientists learn how our aquatic ancestors got their bite. The finds offer new clues about a key period of evolution that’s been hard to flesh out because until...

Sudan detects 5 more cases of monkeypox amid concerns

Sep. 20, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday announced five more cases of the monkeypox virus, bringing the tally up to seven patients. The Health Ministry said in a statement the new cases were detected in the capital of Khartoum and the provinces of West Darfur, North Darfur, and Kassala. The...

Scientists track how huckleberries fare in changing climate

Sep. 17, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Huckleberries are highly sought after, but the coveted mountain fruit was difficult to find across much of northern Idaho and eastern Washington this year. Pickers were able to locate some productive plants and patches, but they frequently encountered healthy...

Constipated scorpions, love at first sight inspire Ig Nobels

Sep. 15, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The sex lives of constipated scorpions, cute ducklings with an innate sense of physics, and a life-size rubber moose may not appear to have much in common, but they all inspired the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, the prize for comical scientific achievement. Held...

New atlas of bird migration shows extraordinary journeys

Sep. 15, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bay-breasted warbler weighs about the same as four pennies, but twice a year makes an extraordinary journey. The tiny songbird flies nearly 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) between Canada's spruce forests and its wintering grounds in northern South America. ...

Nearly 300 demand South Korea probe their adoptions abroad

Sep. 13, 2022 05:18 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For 40 years, Louise Kwang thought she was an orphan baby found on the streets of the South Korean port city of Busan before her adoption by Danish parents in 1976. She felt her entire sense of identity collapse in 2016 when her South Korean agency...

‘Plant Doctor’ nurtures 250 species from around the globe

Sep. 11, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SEWANEE, Tenn. (AP) — Some folks have a green thumb. Seems like 21-year-old Oliver Hutchens has two of them and maybe eight green fingers to boot. Entering his senior year at The University of the South, the biology major, who is concentrating in ecology, serves as manager of the...