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Denver museum to study, restore triceratops fossil

Oct. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has announced it will study a triceratops skull known as Pops for up to a year before returning it to Weld County for residents to enjoy. Museum curator Joe Sertich contacted the county in 2018 about studying the fossil and said that in exchange, he...

Europe to send modules, astronauts to NASA moon station

Oct. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it has agreed to provide several modules for NASA's planned outpost around the moon, in return for a chance to send European astronauts to the lunar orbiter. ESA said Tuesday that its director-general, Jan Woerner, signed a deal with NASA chief Jim Bridenstine...

FILE - This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red. A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting regular colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years earlier than it now recommends. While overall, colon cancer rates have been declining, the draft guidelines issued Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reflect a growing concern about rising rates in younger people. (NCI Center for Cancer Research via AP, File)

Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50

Oct. 27, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger than it previously recommended. While overall, colon cancer rates have been declining, the draft guidelines issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reflect a...

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Review: Why small farms need a reordering of our society

Oct. 27, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

“A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth,” by Chris Smaje (Chelsea Green) With the possible exception of parks, perhaps no use of the land is viewed more favorably in America than a small farm....

Snowfall temporarily stalls fall harvest in Minnesota

Oct. 27, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The October snowfall has temporarily stalled Minnesota's fall harvest. Combines are quiet and corn is in limbo for now as farmers wait for dry, warmer temperatures. University of Minnesota Extension crop scientist Tom Hoverstad says that in his 40 years of work he doesn't remember a...

Communities receive Appalachian Regional Commission grants

Oct. 27, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Several eastern Kentucky communities will share nearly $3.7 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday. Communities receiving funds are Booneville, Hazard, Morehead, Mount Vernon and Somerset, the governor said. The projects are aimed at...

Boaters advised to use caution on Kentucky Lake during study

Oct. 27, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Boaters are advised to use caution on Kentucky Lake next month as scientists study the movements of silver carp in the waterway. Officials will be using block nets Nov. 2-13 to confine the movement of tagged carp in order to research ways to improve mass removal efforts of the...

West Virginia gov looking for ways to offer more virus tests

Oct. 27, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants to further expand the availability of testing for the coronavirus. Free COVID-19 testing is being conducted in 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties through Nov. 3. Justice said Monday that he plans to meet with his virus response team to...

Bigelow Laboratory developing test to find toxins in mussels

Oct. 27, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine lab is set to receive about $900,000 in federal funding to research a new method of detecting potentially harmful toxins in mussels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Coastal Ocean Science awarded the money to Bigelow Laboratory...

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, walks with a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Scientists remove 98 'murder hornets' in Washington state

Oct. 27, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday. The nest, located in Whatcom County near the Canadian border, created concern...