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Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

May. 23, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina. There's an 85% chance that the Atlantic hurricane season that starts in June will be above...

Sun's magnetic field may form close to the surface. This finding could improve solar storm forecasts

May. 22, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — New research indicates the sun’s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought, a finding that could help predict periods of extreme solar storms like the ones that slammed Earth earlier this month. The magnetic field...

For some digital detox, look to the latest in craft kits

May. 22, 2024 10:38 AM EDT

Digital diversions may have us tethered to tech, but screen fatigue is real. Even my digitally-native, young-millennial kids prefer printed books these days. And a recent weekend together at home had us busting out some craft kits. There might have been Netflix in the background, but...

Most of passengers from battered Singapore Airlines jetliner arrive in Singapore from Bangkok

May. 22, 2024 00:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Singapore Airlines said a relief plane flew into Singapore early Wednesday morning with most of the passengers who were on a flight that was battered by severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean and had to make an emergency landing in Bangkok after one man died and dozens of people...

UN Security Council rejects Russia-backed resolution on banning weapons in space

May. 21, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Monday that Russia last week launched a satellite that could be part of weaponizing space, a possible future global trend that members of the United Nations Security Council condemned even as they failed to pass a measure against it. The...

How cockroaches spread around the globe to become the pest we know today

May. 20, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — They're six-legged, hairy home invaders that just won't die, no matter how hard you try. Cockroaches are experts at surviving indoors, hiding in kitchen pipes or musty drawers. But they didn't start out that way. A new study uses genetics to chart...

Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, finally goes to space 60 years later

May. 20, 2024 04:08 AM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, finally rocketed into space 60 years later, flying with Jeff Bezos’ rocket company on Sunday. Dwight was an Air Force pilot when President John F. Kennedy championed him as a candidate for NASA’s...

America's first Black astronaut candidate finally goes to space 60 years later on Bezos rocket

May. 19, 2024 10:54 AM EDT
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — America's first Black astronaut candidate finally goes to space 60 years later on Bezos rocket.

Botanists are scouring the US-Mexico border to document a forgotten ecosystem split by a giant wall

May. 19, 2024 01:45 AM EDT

JACUMÉ, México (AP) — Near the towering border wall flanked by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle, botanist Sula Vanderplank heard a quail in the scrub yelp “chi-ca-go,” a sound the birds use to signal they are separated from a mate or group. Then silence. A quail on...

New endangered listing for rare lizard could slow oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and West Texas

May. 17, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

Federal wildlife officials declared a rare lizard in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas an endangered species Friday, citing future energy development, sand mining and climate change as the biggest threats to its survival in one of the world’s most lucrative oil and natural gas basins. ...