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Karikó and Weissman win Nobel Prize in medicine for work that enabled mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Oct. 02, 2023 15:51 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 that were critical in slowing the pandemic — technology that's also being studied to fight cancer and other diseases. ...

Environmental groups demand emergency rules to protect rare whales from ship collisions

Oct. 02, 2023 12:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the federal government to enact emergency rules to protect a vanishing species of whale from lethal collisions with large ships. The groups filed their petition with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Years of research laid the groundwork for speedy COVID-19 shots

Oct. 02, 2023 12:29 PM EDT

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded Monday to two scientists whose work led to the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. As countries prepared to roll out those shots, The Associated Press took a look at how the vaccines were developed so quickly. Below follows the original story,...

Things to know about the Nobel Prizes

Oct. 02, 2023 06:30 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Fall has arrived in Scandinavia, which means Nobel Prize season is here. The start of October is when the Nobel committees get together in Stockholm and Oslo to announce the winners of the yearly awards. First up, as usual, is the Nobel Prize in...

Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for enabling development of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

Oct. 02, 2023 05:49 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for enabling development of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

Video provides first clear views of WWII aircraft carriers lost in the pivotal Battle of Midway

Sep. 30, 2023 01:06 AM EDT

Footage from deep in the Pacific Ocean has given the first detailed look at three World War II aircraft carriers that sank in the pivotal Battle of Midway and could help solve mysteries about the days-long barrage that marked a shift in control of the Pacific theater from Japanese to U.S. forces. ...

Endangered red wolf can make it in the wild, but not without `significant' help, study says

Sep. 29, 2023 19:12 PM EDT

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — The endangered red wolf can survive in the wild, but only with “significant additional management intervention,” according to a long-awaited population viability analysis released Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also released an updated...

At US Antarctic base hit by harassment claims, workers are banned from buying alcohol at bars

Sep. 28, 2023 15:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — From Sunday, workers at the main United States base in Antarctica will no longer be able to walk into a bar and order a beer, after the U.S. federal agency that oversees the research program decided to stop serving alcohol. McMurdo Station will not be...

Spotted lanternfly has spread to Illinois, threatening trees and crops

Sep. 28, 2023 12:46 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is the latest state to find invasive spotted lanternflies, an winged insect that's spreading across the eastern U.S. and is subject to squish-on-sight requests in New York and elsewhere. First detected in the U.S. nearly a decade ago, the...

As thaw accelerates, Swiss glaciers have lost 10% of their volume in the past 2 years, experts say

Sep. 28, 2023 05:07 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss Academy of Sciences panel is reporting a dramatic acceleration of glacier melt in the Alpine country, which has lost 10% of its ice volume in just two years after high summer heat and low snow volumes in winter. Switzerland — home to the most glaciers of any...