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Official: Police used fake DNA reports during interrogations

Jan. 12, 2022 18:54 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police used forged documents that linked people's DNA to a crime to get them to confess or cooperate with investigators, Virginia's outgoing attorney general announced Wednesday. The city’s police department has changed its policy in the...

First right whale of the season spotted off Massachusetts

Jan. 11, 2022 17:04 PM EST

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Marine researchers have spotted a species of rare whale in Cape Cod Bay for the first time this season. North Atlantic right whales arrive in the bay every year. The whales number less than 340 and their population has declined in recent years. ...

Mexican fish extinct in wild successfully reintroduced

Jan. 02, 2022 13:03 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There once was a small fish called “tequila splitfin” or “zoogoneticus tequila” that swam in a river in western Mexico, but disappeared in the 1990s. Scientists and residents, however, have achieved the return of a species extinct in nature — but conserved in...

New possum species named after UW-Oshkosh professor

Dec. 28, 2021 09:14 AM EST

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Mammal experts have named a new species of possum after the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor who discovered it. UW-Oshkosh biology professor Greg Adler was working on research near the Panama Canal in 2001 when he found a mouse possum with a longer...

Mississippi projects aim at improving oyster reefs

Dec. 27, 2021 16:59 PM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A test project to raise tiny baby oysters on shells to add to oyster reefs has succeeded beyond expectations, says the head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources. The department obtained 98 million oyster larvae from the University of Southern...

Darwin in a lab: Coral evolution tweaked for global warming

Dec. 09, 2021 19:09 PM EST

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii (AP) — On a moonless summer night in Hawaii, krill, fish and crabs swirl through a beam of light as two researchers peer into the water above a vibrant reef. Minutes later, like clockwork, they see eggs and sperm from spawning coral drifting past their boat....

Researchers assessing restoration on Minnesota trout streams

Nov. 21, 2021 15:36 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A team of northern Minnesota researchers is evaluating the results of millions of dollars of major restoration work on dozens of trout streams across the state in the last decade. In addition to finding out whether trout have returned, the state needs...

Thailand's festival honoring rivers also pollutes them

Nov. 20, 2021 03:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais flocked to rivers and lakes on Friday evening to release small floats adorned with flowers and candles in an annual festival honoring the goddess of water, with thousands of the tiny boats ending up clogging and polluting the country’s waterways. ...

Callers to global helplines voiced similar pandemic worries

Nov. 17, 2021 11:31 AM EST

Fears of infection. Loneliness. Worries about physical health. As the coronavirus spread across borders early in the pandemic, calls to global helplines showed a striking similarity in the toll on mental health — from China to Lebanon, Finland to Slovenia. ...

UMaine gets help to continue studying baby lobsters

Nov. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine's flagship university is getting about $400,000 to expand its long-standing research focusing on baby lobsters. University of Maine scientists, including marine researcher Richard Wahle, have studied larval lobsters for years. The health of...