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NASA's first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

Dec. 10, 2018 6:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought. Scientists on Monday released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft Osiris-Rex hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which is only about...

Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks

Dec. 10, 2018 4:59 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Protesters disrupted a U.S. government event at United Nations climate talks Monday, criticizing the Trump administration's policy of backing the extraction of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. About 100 people from groups representing indigenous peoples and youth...

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

Dec. 10, 2018 4:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those perceptions. What's accepted...

The Latest: Catholic pilgrims bear climate change warning

Dec. 10, 2018 4:04 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 6:35 p.m. A dozen Roman Catholic pilgrims have arrived at an ongoing U.N. climate summit in Poland after walking hundreds of miles across Europe. The pilgrims were greeted Monday by the head of the U.N. climate...

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

Dec. 10, 2018 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars. Voyager 2 last month exited "this bubble that the sun creates around itself," longtime NASA mission scientist Ed Stone said Monday. The spacecraft is now beyond the outer...

Climate group: 14 activists banned by conference host Poland

Dec. 10, 2018 12:53 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — An environmental group said Monday that at least 14 foreigners have been detained or deported by Poland's Border Guard since last week's start of the United Nations climate conference in the south of the country. Svitlana Romanko of the group 350.org said the individuals were from...

Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs

Dec. 10, 2018 11:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don't sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

Dec. 9, 2018 9:32 PM EST

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the...

Amazon touted as big win for NY, but math is more complex

Dec. 9, 2018 1:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York officials tout their deal to land a new Amazon headquarters as can't-miss math. The city and state put up $2.8 billion in tax breaks and grants. In return, they get an economic engine expected to generate $27 billion in new tax money over a quarter-century. "This is a big...

Climate talks pause as battle over key science report looms

Dec. 9, 2018 11:44 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year's U.N. climate summit. Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour note the previous night, when the United States sided...