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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. ...

Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat

May. 16, 2024 14:48 PM EDT

Ocean temperatures that have gone “crazy haywire” hot, especially in the Atlantic, are close to making the current global coral bleaching event the worst in history. It's so bad that scientists are hoping for a few hurricanes to cool things off. More than three-fifths — 62.9%...

Bones found in 1989 in a Wisconsin chimney identified as man who last contacted relatives in 1970

May. 16, 2024 11:55 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Human bones found inside the chimney of a Wisconsin music store in 1989 have been identified as those of a man whose last known contact with relatives was in 1970, authorities said. The DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit that uses genealogy to identify unknown...

Webb telescope uncovers merger of two massive black holes from early universe

May. 16, 2024 11:17 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Webb Space Telescope has discovered the earliest known merger of black holes. These two gigantic black holes and their galaxies consolidated just 740 million years after the universe-forming Big Bang. It's the most distant detection ever made of...

DeSantis, amid criticism, signs Florida bill making climate change a lesser state priority

May. 15, 2024 18:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Climate change will be a lesser priority in Florida and largely disappear from state statutes under legislation signed Wednesday by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that also bans power-generating wind turbines offshore or near the state's lengthy coastline. ...