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Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

National lab details $13B in building plans over next decade

Aug. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. They outlined their plans...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Major fire breaks out in New Delhi hospital; no casualties

Aug. 17, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities evacuated dozens of patients and visitors after a fire broke out Saturday in a major government-run hospital in the Indian capital. New Delhi fire official Vipin Kental said smoke enveloped three floors of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences building, but there were no...

Girls discover science, tech during monthly library program

Aug. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It looks like a familiar scene. Children sit down opposite computer screens and tune out the world. But they weren't using social media or watching YouTube. They were coding. Once a month, young girls meet at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library to participate...

Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Aug. 17, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named...

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

Aug. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for. A spokeswoman for...

California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

Aug. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California. A listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers),...